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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 19 Activities in Ventura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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Nashville, Tennessee
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

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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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Waterbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

6 ladies on a wine tasting jazz sunset cruise around the harbor was the perfect ending to a perfect day. While the cruise did advertise R&B jazz, that wasn't exactly what we received but the music was nice nonetheless, captain Greg and his staff were very accomodating and the wine and apps were good. we truly made our own fun... More

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Winterthur, Switzerland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We booked a whale watching trip with Island Packers. We spent 8 hours on the boat. We saw 3 different species of whales, dolphins, sea lions, bald eagles and lots of small birds. The whales came so close that they almost hit our boat. The trip was far above awesome and totally worth the money you pay. We strongly recommend... More

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Portage, Michigan, USA
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We rode out to the Channel Islands and were told we will see whales. We saw two whales from 1/2 mile away and that was it!! Very disappointing.

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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We had a wonderful day with Island Packers on their full-day whale watching excursion. We saw humpback, blue and minke whales, as well as hundreds of dolphins and dozens of sea lions. The crew was professional and friendly, and made a special effort to find the blue whale for us. The Painted Cave on Santa Rosa Island was incredible t....... More

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Southern California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The staff was super friendly, knowledgeable and organized. The boat was clean, comfortable and relaxing. Island Packers is great way to get back and forth to the Channel Islands.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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120 reviews 120 reviews
44 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Sad – we used to live in Ventura and never made time to get out to the islands. On this trip to the area we took 3-hour boat trip to Anacapa Island. About 18 hikers also got off on the island for a couple of hours. It was neat to see the landing area for this disembarkation - there was... More

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Ojai, California
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13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Efficient office reservation handling is only the start of this top notch company's offerings. The harbor departure facilities and areas are spacious and comfortable -- the boats are modern, well maintained, and clean ( even the "heads") due to well trained and pleasant crewmembers. On board narratives and information regarding route tracks are excellent, and on-shore guides pleasant. Options for... More

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