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Address: 117 B Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Phone Number: +1 805-899-4925
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Description: Our "World Famous Caves and Coves" sea cave kayak adventures at Santa Cruz...
Our "World Famous Caves and Coves" sea cave kayak adventures at Santa Cruz Island have been called a "Bucket List" experience for over 20 years. All of our adventures come with a lunch and snack and our guides have more experience than any other company at the Channel Islands National Park. Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime Southern California Island Adventure!
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Kayaking the Caves

We just went on 5-14-15 and it was Awesome! What an Adventure. The Channel Island Outfitters staff were and are Great! Really there to help you have a great time!!! It was our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We just went on 5-14-15 and it was Awesome! What an Adventure. The Channel Island Outfitters staff were and are Great! Really there to help you have a great time!!! It was our first times on a Kayak and they made it all ok. The Caves were beautiful, everything was beautiful. We did get a big down pour of rain... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

CIO was great. It started with the phone calls as I was arranging this on a trip out from the east coast. Matt was very patient and helpful with all my questions about CIO. After signing up, we were sent an informative and well thought out email that detailed where to go, when to be there, and what to bring.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I've never kayaked before, but it was easy after detailed instructions by JD and Bjorn. We kayaked through caves and got to see seals hanging out on the rocks in a cave. JD was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the island, the geology, the marine life and the flora. Lunch was good. The equipment was in great shape. After... More 

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Amazing experience. I would highly recommend it! I took my 2 boys ages 8 and 9 and we had a wonderful time. We learned all about the islands and their history. We also learned about the wildlife and marine life. The Kayaking was fantastic. JD, our guide was great!

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Ojai, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Our Lucidity crew decided to have a decom at the Channel Islands. My partner Lakshmi and I were able to get there through some support from our crew and what we experienced was incredible! On our own we hiked all over the island which was beautiful, then we met the wonderful folks at Channel Island Outfitters. JD and Marina were... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Highly recommend CIO - everything was great from the equipment to our guide to the sack lunches! We were fortunate enough to be the only ones on our tour with JD, and he was so personable and knowledgeable about kayaking and the islands. He made it fun and kept it safe and tailored the tour to our interests. We really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I can't say enough about this fantastic trip. As a huge outdoor enthusiast and nature fan thus trip had everything. The staff were very professional, friendly and full of knowledge. We had a great experience on the ferry out with common dolphins, humpback whales and many bird species, sea kayaked with sea lions, harbour seals, over kelp forests and looked... More 

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Boise, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

My wife and I had a great time exploring Santa Cruz Island - kayaking and snorkeling. Marina and Zach were awesome guides. Great value - highly recommended.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

My husband and I signed up for the Caves and Coves trip, mainly to do some sea kayaking. Unfortunately the trip had to be cancelled due to rough seas. CIO were really nice about rescheduling a different trip on a different day, and it ended up being just the 2 of us plus Matt, our guide. He was really knowledgable... More 

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Cheney, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Beautiful day, great food, fun adventures in the caves, good and new equipment and most important, professional and truly nice people. This made the trip to Santa Barbara worth doing.

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