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Santa Cruz Island

Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
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Type: Islands, Outdoors
Activities: Kayaking, Camping
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Owner description: Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.
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Vermont
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This day trip to Santa Cruz Island exceeded all expectations. The boat ride with pretty, with hundreds of dolphins swimming around the boat. The trails on the island were numerous and worked well for several hours of hiking. The views were stunning. Next time I'm out in CA I'll do another trip to Anacapa Island.

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Chartered a sail boat for 2 days and spent our time in a little cove on the west side of the island. What can I say, maybe we just hit the perfect weekend here but the weather was 80, water temp 70 degrees, glassy and very clear. We spent our time spear fishing, cruising around in the dingy, and hiking.... More

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Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
39 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Went on a Tuesday and the boat was packed with people. The boat ride to the island takes an hour so prepare yourself if you are prone to sea sickness. Also you must ring back everything you take, so take trash bags if you plan on eating a lot. And bring plenty of water, especially if it is going to... More

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Lafayette, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Our son attends UCSB and we have wanted to make a trip to the Channel Islands nearby for some time. We booked a long weekend and took a day trip to Santa Cruz Island. The boat trip over was a highlight with schools of dolphin swimming and jumping around us several times. We took a kayak trip upon arrival (booked... More

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My husband and I spent the day here and it was amazing! We went on two hikes with great views. Make sure to take your lunch, snacks and plenty of water since there is nothing for purchase on the island. One of the park rangers mentioned that the only place to refill your water is at one of the campgrounds.... More

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Anaheim, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Took my grandkids to on the ferry to Santa Cruz Island. We camped for 2 days. It was so much fun! Kids enjoyed roughing it and having the foxes in our camp each day was great. We ate wild lemonade berries, hiked to smugglers cove and just enjoyed being together.

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Foothill Ranch, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My wife and I recently had an amazing adventure. We did the Santa Barbara Adventure Company's Santa Cruz Island - Sea Caves Kayaking trip over the Labor Day weekend (8-30-14). We had done another previous kayaking trip in the past, and on a different island with them, and....they never fail to deliver a pleasant, enjoyable and memorable experience. We still... More

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Lake Forest, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
72 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Take the ferry to Santa Cruz Island and it's your for the day. They go through great lengths to keep the Channel Islands in its natural condition. You can snorkel in the cleanest, clearest water in California (although it is a bit chilly), hike, or sign up with Channel Island Outfitters and kayak in the sea caves for a totally... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Why have I never heard of this place! Amazing! Short trip 1 hour boat ride, its not at all what I expected it to be. Everything is easy from the time you book (online) to the minute you step on the island. We camped at Scorpion for 3 days and we hiked and snorkeled all day long. The ocean is... More

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Manhattan Beach, CA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

we went in July and the waters were fantastic. pristine kelp forests, shallow waters, not too many people. I saw different types of fish, a leopard shark, a rare blue shark, an eel, a large crab and lobster, seals, and other underwater animals. the water is clear(great for photography). The only issue is that the water was in th lower... More

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