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Island Packers

Ventura Harbor 1691, Spinnaker Dr. Suite 105 B, Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 642-1393
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Ranked #2 of 28 Activities in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Saugus
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I have been out on two excursions with IP. They are wonderful. The crew is top notch and very helpful. Boats are great. Each time out we saw lots of wildlife. One trip we stumbled on a pod of Killer Whales and hundreds of dolphins. Each time the goal for me was pelagic birding and I picked ip new birds... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Have had four experiences (cruises) with Island Packers. We did the "whale watching" cruise in 2013, and three trips to two of the Channe Islands: Anacapa and Santa Cruz in 2014. In all four instances the vessels were modern, clean, and enjoyable whereas the staff could not have been more competent, informative and friendly. Anacapa is certainly worth visiting especially... More

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BC, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I would suggest that one should go out to the islands and spend a few hours rather than the wildlife tour. Much of the wildlife tour is experienced on the ride out. We went out to Santa Cruz twice and Anacapa once within a week and had a good time. Its better to actually get on the islands and see... More

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Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We did the day trip to Anacapa Island and had a great time. The staff was great, including on the way over the captain slowed for dolphins and told us a lot about the area. It was more like a tour boat ride. On the island we took the nature tour with another employee and she was fabulous. We had... More

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Ojai, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Great trip out to Santa Cruz Island with Island Packers. Got to see a huge pod of common dolphins. Enjoyed a guided hike from Prisoner's Harbor to Pelican Bay - highly recommended! For trip details, see DavidLeeTravel.com

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Foothill Ranch, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Last month we took a kayaking trip to Anacapa Island in the Channel Islands National Park off of California's central coast, and this past Labor Day weekend, we took another kayaking trip to Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park. On both trips, Island Packers was the boat / ferry ride that we took, and on both occasions... More

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Northumberland, Pennsylvania
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The staff was friendly & informative. Pointed out dolphins & sea lions. Santa Cruz island trails were very steep but the views were incredible. Would have liked to return a little earlier than scheduled as we were tired.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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96 reviews 96 reviews
44 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This was an excellent trip out into the ocean; I can't wait to tell you about the super pod of dolphins I was able to witness! I was able to see everything except a whale, but it wasn't a whale watch tour technically so I wasn't concerned. The crew of the boat were very friendly and informative. The price was... More

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Lake Forest, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
72 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I'm a California native and have never been to any of the Channel Islands before. Island Packers ferry took us to Santa Cruz Island where we took the kayaking excursion. Be prepared; we went in August and the ferry ride was still very cold. On the way to Santa Cruz the ferry slowed down so we could watch the dolphins... More

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La Quinta, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Island Packers runs the most professional marine trips we have been on. We took the full day Whale Watch trip in August, when the Blue and Humpback whales are to be seen. (Winter for the Grey Whales). Captain and staff were very engaging and informative. Boat is exceptionally clean, a mark of pride on any vessel. Limited snack bar, so... More

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