We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, Channel Islands National Park, CA
805-893-6431
Website
Improve this listing
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Whale watching
Owner description: The waters that swirl around the five islands within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary combine warm and cool currents to create an... more » Owner description: The waters that swirl around the five islands within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary combine warm and cool currents to create an exceptional breeding ground for many species of plants and animals. Forests of giant kelp are home to numerous populations of fish and invertebrates. Every year over 27 species of whales and dolphins visit or inhabit the sanctuary, including the rare blue, humpback and sei whales. On the islands (which are part of the Channel Islands National Park), seabird colonies and pinniped rookeries flourish while overhead brown pelicans and Western gulls search the water for food. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is located 25 miles (22 nautical miles) off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. Visitors to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary can enjoy recreational opportunities such as tidepooling, diving, snorkeling and kayaking. « less
Write a Review

7 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    5
    2
    0
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Vail, CO
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Taking a boat out to The Channel Island is a must do for all nature lovers. From sea birds, sea lions, seals, dolphins, whales and other marine life to the rare Island foxes This is a must stop when you are in the area.

Was this review helpful? Yes
VA
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We spent a day on Santa Cruz island, one of the channel islands off of the coast north of Los Angeles, and to the west of Santa Barbara. Island Packers tours are the only boats allowed to land, so check them out for the transportation (boats out of Ventura and Oxnard). They were great. We did not realize how unshaded... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cardiff
Top Contributor
288 reviews 288 reviews
137 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

A Must-Do for anyone in the LA to San Fran corridor. I began at the Ventura Visitors center, watched the amazing video and then drove to Oxnard Marina and got a boat trip "on standby" The TA choices to review this marvel are frustrating as there is no CINP option.! The options to visit the islands or cruise around them... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bath, Maine
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Watched a 15 minute video about the islands that was narrated by Kevin Costner. It was very informative and made you want to visit the islands.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ojai, California
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
28 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

If you have young children and you want an awesome place to take them to learn about nature and particularly the Channel Islands, take them to the National Park Service's Visitor Center located in Ventura Harbor. Go to the end of the Harbor entrance road, just past the Island Packers where you board boats for a trip out to the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
San Luis Obispo, California
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
44 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2011

Boat leaves from Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard. Trip takes an hour, maybe longer if the captain finds Whales to watch. The Island is completely made up of tall cliffs. No beach access. Anything that is accessible has Sea Lions on it and are protected. There are trails on top of the Islands with magnificent views of the cliffs, ocean, and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Huntington Beach, California
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2009

Channels Islands National Park consists of five islands off the coast of southern California. The visitor center is in Ventura, Ca and from the harbor there you can take a one hour boat ride eleven miles to East Anacapa Island. A peaceful silence surrounds the tile-roofed buildings below the lighthouse on the cliff. It is a silence pierced by the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 4

Travelers who viewed Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary also viewed

Channel Islands National Park, CA
Channel Islands National Park, CA
 
Channel Islands National Park, CA
Channel Islands National Park, CA
 

Been to Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing