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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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Beautiful

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.

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

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 67 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
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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Yorba Linda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We have lived in California all our lives and finally took the boat out to hike on Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park! Such a beautiful place! We hiked the Cavern Point Loop and then hiked the Potato Harbor trail! Beautiful views no matter which direction you look! Canyons, ocean, cliffs, and sea Caves!!!! Next time we will... More 

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Oxnard, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

To get there I took Island Packers Cruises. They bring people from the mainland to 5 of the Channel Islands. I went to Santa Cruz this time, and had a great day. There are many miles of hiking, camping, bird and animal watching, kayaking, or many other outdoor things you'd like to do. It is a wilderness that's just across... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Santa Cruz, the largest island in the Channel Island National Park, offers so many activities for those who love unspoiled beauty. A day trip to the island offers a number of easy, moderate and more difficult hiking trails from Scorpion Ranch. Primitive camping is available for individuals and larger groups. During my day trip experience, I witnessed people hiking, picnicking,... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Spend time hiking or camp overnight...very peaceful island...i sea kayaked into the caves with an outfitter...only 3 are allowed on the island...if you visit LA, take a side trip an hour away

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Address: 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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