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Sail Channel Islands Day Tours

3150 S. Harbor Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035
805-750-7828
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Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: Capt. Dan is a Coast Guard licensed master and American Sailing Association instrutor. Sail with him for a few hours or up to several days, exploring... more » Owner description: Capt. Dan is a Coast Guard licensed master and American Sailing Association instrutor. Sail with him for a few hours or up to several days, exploring the Channel Islands ... or take private lessons. We have two yachts, one economy and one luxury boat built in France and we are the only company offering sailing eco-tours of California's Channel Islands.Our islands are often described as the Galapagos of North American and abound in sea life from whales, to dolphins to fish that ride here on either a southern current or the northern one. Ashore, you will find a landscape mostly clear of humans and protected by the National Park Service and the Nature Conservancy. Human civilization dates back some 10,000 years here, but only a handful of caretakers live here now. Come with us and step back in history 200 years, step away from civilization. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

What a perfect way to celebrate my 50th birthday! Captain Dan was fun, professional and knowledgable. Our family had such a great time sailing the Sancerre, kayaking with sea lions, seeing dolphins, learning about the local islands and of course enjoying a wonderful lunch on board (the lemon bars were fantastic). A memorable day for everyone and we were so... More

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It's always great to sail with folks who have as much fun as your family packed into our short trip. I haven't seen Leo since we sailed, but will send him your regards when we do. You got the very best wildlife pictures that have ever been taken from our boat. If you get a chance, post some here at... More

Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I had a wonderful experience sailing with Captain Dan for my Father’s 75th birthday. The sailboat is large enough to comfortably accommodate 6 guests. Captain Dan is a sailing expert and very well informed about everything from the nautical experience to the animal life and history of the Channel Islands. I felt very safe and relaxed on the sea for... More

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La Sal, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

It was a perfect day with Captain Dan sailing the Channel Islands to say goodbye to both my husband and his father. From the beginning with making all the plans, Dan responded promptly to my emails and was extremely flexible and accommodating with my wishes regarding the ceremony and location. As Chaplain, Dan spoke during the ceremony and his words... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The four hour sail out toward the channel islands was everything we'd hoped for and more. Capt. Dan is a delight. He put us at ease right away and accommodated our every need. We learned so much from him along the way. The high point for my husband was being able to help sail the boat for most of the... More

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Davidson, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

Cannot recommend Captain Dan too highly! Marvelous story-teller, expert sailor, consummate professional and all-around highlight to a fabulous trip! Thank you for sharing the beauty of such a special place!

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

A day sail to the islands was terrific. Capt. Dan has expert knowledge and most wonderful stories. We were able to sail the boat, help with the sails while watching the beautiful sea life. Dolphins, seals, even a blue whale that swam next to us showing off for the cameras! This is our second time and we can't wait for... More

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

My family chartered the 45-foot yacht, "Sancerre", for a four-hour sail to celebrate our mother's life and spread her ashes at sea. Although it was a somewhat somber occasion, it was a beautiful, clear Sunday afternoon with winds around 18 knots and moderate swells. We met Dan dockside and immediately clicked with his personality. He was friendly and welcoming. Upon... More

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Thousand Oaks, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

My family surprised me with a half day sail for my birthday. It was fantastic! I love to sail. My wife, not so much. With Captain Dan's expertise and the comfort of his beautiful boat, our whole group was very comfortable. After sailing the beautiful waters around the Channel Islands, seeing whales, dolphins, and sea lions, we were all making... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Took my parents sailing as a combined birthday gift. We had a fantastic time. My dad is an experienced sailor and enjoyed taking the helm and talking stories with the Captain. Saw lots of dolphins and sea lions. Would recommend to anyone!

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Metuchen, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

My husband and I had a wonderful half-day sail with Captain Dan. I had never sailed on the open water before and was a little concern but Dan alleviated my anxieties right away. I helped out at the helm, hung out and watched sea lions, terns, pelicans and enjoyed the easy roll of the water. It was a gorgeous day... More

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