First of all, the boat is a fishing boat, not a touring boat, so there is limited seating (2 benches and a bulkhead) which is hard and has no back, no food or drinks were offered, despite my ticket saying a light lunch would be served. It was really cold and we had not brought jackets because it was a nice day, but out on the water the wind was freezing -- we huddled against each other for warmth. The boat was clean but sparse, as fishing boats are. The scenery was well worth the trip once we got to Anacapa Island. We saw about a hundred common dolphins which were so entertaining to watch, and thousands of birds nesting on the island and flying in formation. The narration was very good and the captain knowledgeable, but the first mate just sat in the cabin and never even asked anyone if they needed anything. The safety lecture was good and we felt very safe the whole trip. It was worth the discounted fare, but bring jackets and sweaters, even if you think it is warm, bring sunscreen, and your own food and drinks. If you don't want to stand up for 4 hours, get there early so you can grab a bench to sit on.
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