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Island Packers

Address: Ventura Harbor 1691, Spinnaker Dr. Suite 105 B, Ventura, CA 93001
Phone Number: (805) 642-1393
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Ventura, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We've gone whale watching and out to the Channel Islands National park with Island Packers and have always been very impressed. Boarding and disembarking goes quickly and smoothly. The restrooms are kept quite clean and they offer snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non) for purchase on board. The captain is sure to share any wildlife sitings with the passengers.

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Halifax, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We took the whale watching tour from 1 30 to 5pm The show the dolphins put on was fantastic as they were plentiful and played close to the boat. The grey whales, however, were quite distant and as they just breech gently and dive there is little to see. Certainly the humpback and blue whales provide much better pictures and... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

We took the whale watching cruise January 16 and had the best possible time. Came on a pod of about a dozen whales and watched them for a couple hours. Also saw Dolphins and seals and beautiful views of the islands. The best $35 I've ever spent!

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

When visiting the Central Coast of California (Oxnard,Ventura, Santa Barbara),take the opportunity to take the boat trip out to Santa Cruz Island.One of the most beautiful and serene spots in California. The boat (which is operated by Island Packers), takes off from Oxnard or Ventura and takes about an hour to get to the Island. The Island is partially controlled... More 

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Avon, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Exciting for this mountain-locked, Vail family to be out on the ocean. Only 3 whales at a distance, but the large pod of dolphins playing in the boat wake made our day. We appreciated that the captain went all the way around Anacapa Island and we got a close up view of the arch rock and seals. The captain and... More 

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Idaho
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119 reviews 119 reviews
39 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

The weather is completely out of the control of Island Packers. They can't be blamed. Having said that, I don't think they should haul more people out on a cold rainy day than can fit inside the boat's cabin. We had a large group because of all the volunteer high school kids going out to plant native plants. We knew... More 

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Brookings, South Dakota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Took the trip from Ventura to Santa Cruz Island (Prisoner's Harbor). Boat ride was smooth, if a bit chilly (WEAR LAYERS! It is January, after all!). Boat crew was friendly/professional/helpful. We saw hundreds of dolphins and many Gray whales on the way there and back. Our favorite part was the guided hike from Prisoner's Harbor to Pelican Bay. Glorious weather... More 

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Pasadena, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
38 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Took Island Packers out to Santa Cruz Island, Scorpion landing. Very clean boat, knowledgeable crew. Saw gray whales, dolphins, and seals during the trip, even though this was not one of their wildlife cruises.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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160 reviews 160 reviews
43 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Took them from Oxnard to Anacapa on the Vanguard. The crew was professional and the trip over very comfortable. We had two naturalists on the trip and they were both knowledgeable and helpful. The best though was that the crew took us on the back side of Anacapa - which they didn't have to do - and we stumbled on... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We went on a whale watching excursion with Island Packers while we were in Ventura. We saw orcas, loads of dolphins and sea lions, and even a humpback decided to pay us a visit while we were out! It was a little over 3 hours long, and my husband needed a little Dramamine to help him manage through it, but... More 

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