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Channel Islands Outfitters

117 B Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
805-899-4925
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Ranked #3 of 111 Activities in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Channel Islands Outfitters is an employee owned and operated service company that is committed to sharing our passion for the ocean and the natural... more » Owner description: Channel Islands Outfitters is an employee owned and operated service company that is committed to sharing our passion for the ocean and the natural world with you! CIO has been guiding kayaking trips for over 20 years. Our guides have over 150 years of combined experience at the Channel Islands, putting you in capable and knowledgable hands for your paddling experience. We are a "Yes" company and are here to make your experience amazing! « less
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Had a wonderful kayak experience with Channel Island Outfitters and would definitely recommend. Our guide Mike was very helpful at sharing information about the island and encouraging everyone to have the best experience possible. We went through several caves, and even ventured out into some impressive waves. It was an experience I will never forget!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

A friend and I went on a kayaking tour of the Santa Cruz Island. The guide we had was extremely knowledgeable about the local marine life, the ocean and the Island itself and very helpful in helping inexperienced kayakers through coves and caves all while sharing tons of incredible facts. We would definitely recommend anyone in the area of exploring... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

JD and everyone else we encountered on our trip was an invaluable source of information and made the entire experience worthwhile and engaging. We arrived early and boarded the ferry which took about an hour to take us to the island, on the way we stopped to see some seals playing in the ocean and a second time, to witness... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We had a fantastic kayak tour of the Santa Cruz island sea caves with Channel Island Outfitters. Our guide, Brad, has been leading kayak tours on the island for over 11 years and was full of interesting information. We had a double kayak and there were a total 8 guests in our group. I noticed that some of the other... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Just came back from a trip with two friends and couldn't be more thrilled! The tour was well-organized, hassle free and the folks at CIO and Island Packers were very accommodating when our schedules didn't exactly work at the last minute. This made for a stress-free trip so we could enjoy every minute. We drove in from an hour away... More

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Moorpark, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

If you are camping on Santa Cruz, be sure to make kayaking with Channel Island Outfitters a priority. Our guide, JD, did a fantastic job of taking us on our first ocean kayaking experience. He met us at our campsite so we could get started a little early. We weren't forced to do anything that made us nervous or uneasy.... More

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Moorpark, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We lucked out on this trip as wave height, tide, temperature and wind all worked out in our favor and we were able to enter more caves than I knew existed on the Island. This is no amusement park ride, just a fantastic experience where we were able to see first hand the natural wonders of the Channel Islands.

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Moorpark, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We went the weekend of 9/20/14-9/21/14 on an overnight trip. Follow instructions carefully for the Island Packers portion of this and everything else should be fine. We were a group of 20 (3 adult leaders, 17 Boy Scouts) and I have to say that it was one of the most successful trips we've had. All the scouts had BIG smiles... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Had a fantastic time paddling the high sees with our excellent guide, JD. My group did the 5 hour round trip from Scorpion Anchorage to Potato Harbor; while there was a lot of wind, and some big swells, JD kept us all together, all the while imparting his knowledge of boat handling, marine life, and island history. If you're looking... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is our group's third time kayaking the Santa Cruz sea caves and it's been better every time, especially because we were already comfortable with all the procedures and precautions having done it before, letting us focus more of our attention on having fun and pushing ourselves. Dave (aka the Wave Cave Rave Slave) was very knowledgeable and really took... More

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