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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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I have been to Santa Cruz Island with Island Packers. They did a great job. Left on time, saw lots of dolphins and a whale. Very professional. Very safe.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Ventura, California
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I have been to Santa Cruz Island with Island Packers. They did a great job. Left on time, saw lots of dolphins and a whale. Very professional. Very safe.

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Arkansas
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128 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Very helpful and knowledgeable staff. The boats leave on time so plan accordingly. We saw dozens of dolphins and the captain turned around so everyone could get a good look. Food, drink and bathrooms on the boat only.

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Ridgecrest, California
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I've been out to both Anacapa and Santa Cruz Island with Island Packers. They are always very helpful and friendly when making a reservation on the phone. The boat crew is very friendly and always willing to answer questions that might come up during the trip to the island.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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85 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We had a fullday whale watch trip with Island Packers and this day was very very agreeable. The day started somewhat cloudy but ended with a bright sun. Lots of humpback whales, many dolphins, a few mink whales, beautiful channel islands. Island Packers is very well organized. The boat was comfortable, helfpul staff, a captain with a good sense of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We did the 8 hour whale watching trip and it was a great day out. Saw plenty of whales and hundreds of Dolphins. The marine conservation volunteer who accompanied the trip called Debbie was enthusiastic and informative as were the crew. I would not recommend this trip for very young children as it's quite a long day at sea.

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Ventura, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

No one can guarantee seeing whales or dolphins. We've gone on multiple trips and the guides and naturalists are excellent -- even on the days when the whales aren't nearby. Wonderful days on the water -- and on shore as well. And, when the whales are there, it's an amazing experience!

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Mesa, Arizona
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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

It was a great day, what a boat ride. The crew was so nice, it even started with the people behind the counter. She helped me make the right choice of Island to visit. Very helpful! They would slow down to show us the sea Lions and when we came upon a school of Dolphins they slowed down for us... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Great adventure! Matt was our guide and he did a fabulous job taking us in and out of caves and explaining everything to the group. Saw all kinds of sea life and experienced some very cool caves. Highly recommend this outfitter. Staff organized and very friendly.

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milpitasca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I spent the day on this whale watching tour. The water was quite rough and numerous people got seasick. I had my head down on the table for a total of 2 hours to rest from all the hard pounding wave hopping. My back and neck hurt for the next 2 days - do not go if you have severe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I've used Island Packers in the past and will continue to use them to go to the Channel Islands. Their office is now much larger and better managed than I remember from several years ago, they're boats are newer, and they have very knowledgeable nature guides.

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