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Santa Cruz Island

Address: Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
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Type: Islands, Outdoors
Activities: Kayaking, Camping
Owner description: Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring...
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Type: Islands, Outdoors
Activities: Kayaking, Camping
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I loved the boat ride over to the island. I wish we had gone during a season where the chances of more marine life being seen in the channel but we will go back again. Great for a day trip from LA and the biggest compliment is that our teenager enjoyed it too!

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Vermont
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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