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Address: Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
Phone Number: 805-642-1393
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Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Description: Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for...
Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.
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A beautiful island!

This was a beautiful island! My husband and I only spent the day here but really enjoyed it. There are picnic tables right on the beach and we enjoyed eating our lunch there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We camped overnight at Santa Cruz island. The camp was not as ideal as we thought it would be, lots of kids and family during summer time so it was really loud during the day and very few privacy. I wouldn't suggest it if you want a more intimate camping experience. The hikes were great, and a great little sandy... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The place was really nice and lots of fantastic things to look at however our guides seemed a little less than able we had a hard time reminding them we came to snorkel and they seem to cut it pretty quick with no snorkeling guidance another camp guide had to help us the offered it but really only offered a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This was a beautiful island! My husband and I only spent the day here but really enjoyed it. There are picnic tables right on the beach and we enjoyed eating our lunch there. It was basically a private beach!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This review is for Santa Cruz Island attractions. My boyfriend and I did four hikes. We visited on July 4th weekend. 1. Cavern Point trail - Short hike from the lower loop campground. This is a great short hike after arriving from an afternoon boat. Note that after 2pm, it gets really windy and the breeze is cool. So, I... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We took the Island Packers tour out to the island and it was a blast. We had a great time hiking and sightseeing. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes nature and beauty.

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Ventura, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We took the Island Packers boat to Santa Cruz Island last weekend. If you get seasick it is best to sit outside on the lower level. But, it was not very bumpy at all. The island is full of natural beauty, from the ocean vistas to the cute island foxes. There are many various length trails to fit any level... More 

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Pleasant Hill, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

You have to take a boat to get to the Channel Islands, we went with the Island Packers company out of Ventura, CA. The boat ride was said to be an hour long; however on the way out we came across 7 or so whales and took time to see them come up several times. I'd seen whales a couple... More 

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Aliso Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

It was cloudy in Ventura but beautiful on Santa Cruz Island. Take a Dramamine if you get sea sick. With our inflatable kayaks (you can rent and join a tour group), lunch and kayaking/beach clothing, we took an Island Packers boat to get to Santa Cruz Island. The crossing is around 1 hour and we were traveling along with a... More 

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Carmel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Took the guided hike out of Prisoner's Landing (Bay) and immediately saw the first of many Santa Cruz Island foxes (indigenous). From the boat the island looks barren and foreboding with steep cliffs and high mountains. Dropped off hikers/campers at Scorpion Bay and headed north for another 20 or so minutes to Prisoners Landing. The guided hike goes into Nature... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Such a beautiful experience. We left Ventura on Island Packers Cruise for a day trip. We had about 4 hours to explore the island. We took the trail toward campground first and then uphill toward Potato Harbor. Bit of a steep climb for a bit but first views of ocean at the top are truly breath taking. The interior of... More 

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Address: Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
Phone Number: 805-642-1393
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Channel Islands National Park

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