We will be spending a few days in Santa Barbara in December and I'm wondering about a day trip to the Channel Islands. I've been told that the regularly scheduled boat run is an all day affair leaving at 8am and returning at 5pm. I don't think our group, which includes 4 teenage boys, will want to get up that early for the trip or spend quite that much time there.
I had two questions:
1. Is it too cold/too rough at that time of year to go to the Channel Islands? and,
2. Is it possible to charter a boat and go at our leisure? Can anyone make any recommendations?
Thanks in advance for you input.