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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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Thousand Oaks, California
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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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Lucas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

My friends and I went on a short sailing trip with Dan on his beautiful sailboat. We had a blast. Dan was truly knowledgable, funny and very nice. We are already booked for a trip to the Channel Islands next September. It can't come soon enough for me!!

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Ottawa, Canada
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This 4 hours trip to the Channel island was indeed a very enjoying one, the caves ,birds and water was definitely worth it...at one time the captain brought the nose of the boat very close to the inside of one of those magnificent caves....What a sight that was. But what we enjoyed the most is the captain narrative on the... More

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Irvine, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

A truly great sailing experience. Channel Islands are beautiful and kayaking gets you up close and personal. I highly recommend a sailing adventure with Captain Dan Ryder a true professional with a great personality to boot. Enjoyed it all.

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Oakland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Two friends and I sailed for three days with Capt Dan on the Sancerre to Santa Cruz and Anacapa, and we all had a truly wonderful time... I had never sailed before, and Capt Dan was clear and informative about the process of sailing, and let us help! I learned a lot in those three days. He also took us... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

When my husband and I took a trip to Ventura, he decided we should go sailing. We managed to find Captain Dan on the internet and decided to take the chance. We arranged for a 4 hr sailing adventure on the Wiley. Captain Dan was very personable and very accomodating. He was friendly and made us feel completely at ease.... More

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Camarillo, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Captain Dan made some dreams come true today. He obviously knows what he is doing with a boat (which is a pretty valuable trait in a Captain), but he also has the ideal personality for a Captain. He engaged us in conversation and made us feel welcome aboard his vessel the second we boarded...but he also left us alone at... More

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North Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We wanted to spend a couple of hours in a sailboat while we visited the Central Coast of California. We did the research and contacted Captain Dan, who was more than flexible in accomodating us. When weather did not cooperate on one day, we made arrangements to touch base the next day to re-evaluate weather conditions. Dan was always prompt... More

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