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Address: Ventura Harbor 1691, Spinnaker Dr. Suite 105 B, Ventura, CA 93001
Phone Number: (805) 642-1393
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A very well-run company providing safe, educational and fun trips to the National Park

Island Packers is a family business and their commitment to quality and safety is evident. They are the exclusive transportation company for Channel Islands National Park so they... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
laurieann1
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45 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Island Packers is a family business and their commitment to quality and safety is evident. They are the exclusive transportation company for Channel Islands National Park so they have a captive audience. But they take nothing for granted. They go out of the way to provide all of their passengers with a fun experience. All of the staff is very... More 

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El Segundo
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommend this trip to the channel islands, don't miss this one of a kind experience! It is absolutely breath taking here. Island packers were great and I had a wonderful experience with them. I did want to offer some additional info to others as I felt their website was lacking many of the details that folks like myself are... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took Island Packer's boat to Santa Cruz Island and Prisoners Harbor. Unexpected bonus was a great guided hike to Pelican Bay. Guide from the boat, Jean, was very knowledgeable. We saw fox, the local scrub jay, pelicans, osprey, kestrel, seals, etc., etc. Beautiful hike. (There were two other hikes offered with varying lengths.) From boat saw numerous dolphins, seals,... More 

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Thank TMWildMed
Castro Valley, California, United States
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My belle and I joined Island Packers Santa Cruz Island tour the morning of December 5, 2015. From the get-go, all the staff and ship mates were courteous and helpful. Blessed with mild, mostly sunny weather and huge ocean swells, we had a memorable adventure. All of the travelers except the two of us debarked at the first pier. We... More 

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Thank Greg F
Parker, Colorado
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rude crew, didn't take us to the stop we wanted to go, expected a tip when they didn't even address us, even when some of our party was clearly sick. Wouldn't recommend.

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Thank Wendy P
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We left from Oxnard Harbor on a smaller boat. We had plenty of room to move around as it was not too crowded. We could easily move from the front to the back or step inside to get warm. As we motored out toward the Channel Islands we spotted a small pod of Dolphins. The captain circled a few times... More 

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Oxnard, California
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37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

We had an incredible experience whale watching. Indoor seating and outdoor standing room make this a great way to enjoy a boat trip and view amazing sea life. They have snacks and drinks available for purchase on your way out to the islands. There is often a volunteer from the National Park Service with loads of information to share and... More 

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Thank Michelle S
Ventura, United States
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I have been out fishing from this location 4 times in 4 years. Don't go on the gentleman. They rip you off in fileting the fish. Was told a dollar a fish but then they charged 10 dollars for filleting each seabass without telling us until the end.? crap!!!! Captain seemed to only be interested in surface fishing for some... More 

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London, England
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

I would like to commend all the staff of Island Packers for the very professional opportunity to see whales and dolphins. It was no-nonsense, exciting and informative. I went with my two kids aged 8 and 6 and despite my reservations, that they may get bored on a three and half hour trip, it was great for them. They saw... More 

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Thank Fivers
Oslo, Norway
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Had a great day trip out to Anacapara Island. We saw dolphin, whales and got many good pictures. The staff were fantastic.

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