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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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Excellent way to spend time on the ocean

My husband and I and my father from the Midwest recently went on the Wildlife Ocean Cruise offered by Island Packers. The experience was wonderful. We saw the usual ocean... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Redondo Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

My husband and I and my father from the Midwest recently went on the Wildlife Ocean Cruise offered by Island Packers. The experience was wonderful. We saw the usual ocean wildlife. The dolphins like to swim along with the boat. If you watch them closely, they turn slightly in the water to look up at boaters looking back at them.... More 

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Clayton, CA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Tuesday, 5/18, was my 4th boat trip (Santa Rosa & Santa Cruz islands) with Island Packers. All trips were fabulous. The crew is helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, fun and just plain wonderful. The manager was also very helpful in planning a trip for 31 hikers to the different islands. Besides the islands she can recommend excellent restaurants. We were so lucky... More 

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Ventura, CA
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155 reviews 155 reviews
17 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

You have a number of options with Island Packers. We chose to take a family group out and around the island. The boat docked but we did not get off. We enjoyed a smooth ride, dolphins, whales, lots of birds and seals. Very nice crew and well organized. Watch the weather as the channel can be very rough at times.... More 

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Ventura CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Island Packers has several whale watching trips. Some are half day; some are whole day. We chose an afternoon cruise out of the Ventura Harbor. The boat was large, clean and had several viewing areas. The crew was very informative about the sea life that we saw. Although we did not see any whales we did see hundreds of dolphins... More 

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Miami, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I was a little seasick going to Santa Cruz. It was a great day but the sea was rough. One of the crew talked to me and gave me advice and was really helpful. Can't remember the guy's name but thanks! Boarding was done without a hitch. On the way back they took some time to let us see the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We rode with Island Packers to Anacapa and another day to Santa Cruz islands. Great crew, good nature narration, smooth rides. We saw whales both trips as well as dolphins and various seabirds.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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79 reviews 79 reviews
45 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I was really impressed with their entire operation. We departed from their Ventura location going to Scorpions Harbor on Santa Cruz. It was very orderly that morning, they let campers and kayakers load their equipment up first. Then everyone boards. Nice boat and they have concessions on board at a good price. I really liked how they took the time... More 

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Yorba Linda
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27 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We took the boat to Santa Cruz Island for hiking! We enjoyed the hour boat ride out there and back! Island Packers were very well organized and ran on time! The price was good! The boat was very clean! The crew was very professional and nice!!!! We had plenty of time for hiking! We can't wait to go back!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Great day trip to Santa Cruz Island. Boat was well equipped, and the captain very knowledgeful of the local area. Recommend to get off the boat at the first possible stop to get more time on the island.

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San Diego, California
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122 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Island Packers is basically providing round-trip transport, and they do a very creditable job of it. They also do their best to make the transit interesting, pointing out dolphins and whales when they appear -- even following them for a while to give you a chance at a memorable photo. The boats are fast catamarans, which means that the trip... More 

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