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a magical place

it's hard to believe just how close you are to Los Angeles. This seems like a world away. There... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Marion W
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Seattle, Washington
Giant coreopsis

What I remember most about Anacapa Island was its biological diversity, particularly as represented... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2018
califcasl
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One of the five islands in the Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa is located an hour from Oxnard.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it's hard to believe just how close you are to Los Angeles. This seems like a world away. There were few people around and we could explore this wonderful and rugged island. The Anacapa lighthouse was built in 1912; the last major light station to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

What I remember most about Anacapa Island was its biological diversity, particularly as represented by chest-high giant coreopsis flowers, which are much smaller on the mainland. There were many cool sea caves too.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank califcasl
Reviewed October 1, 2018

Anacapa Island is located about an hour's boat ride from Oxnard. Island Packers offers trips year round. Once you dock on East Anacapa, you must climb from the boat up a steel-rung ladder to a dock, then climb 157 stairs to the top of the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Susie1028
Reviewed August 11, 2018

Poor mans Galápagos Islands. Unique in diversity of plant and animal life among the Channel Islands. Go to the National Park headquarters at the Ventura harbor and view the film and explore the exhibits before your island excursion. Only a short boat ride away. Do...More

Date of experience: August 2018
6  Thank Cavydad
Reviewed July 13, 2018

It is a long boat ride out to the island. The boat was going fast and the best place to sit was in the back to avoid getting sick. the island was beautiful. we saw 4 blue whales on the way back and the staff...More

Date of experience: July 2018
4  Thank Daretha11
Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

When I first heard that Channel Islands is the Galápagos of North America, I wonder if it would meet my expectation since I already hiked all the Galápagos Islands. Luckily it did! Due to high waves, kayak not permitted. For kayakers, you can rent a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
8  Thank AngyChin
Reviewed May 24, 2018 via mobile

The boat ride and getting off the boat was a lot of fun. The guides were great and the history was interesting. However Anacapa is quite desolate. There are no trees and very little other vegetation in January. The views were great looking toward the...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank DawgExplorer
Reviewed May 15, 2018

Takes an hour to cross the channel, the seas can be rough so take 2 Dramamine if you get queasy at sea. Gulls wall-to-wall in May, squaking to scare you away from their nest and eggs so go easy on them and stay clear. Island...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank ANonyMouse45
Reviewed April 3, 2018

we spent a few hours here, which was more than enough time to explore the entire rock. we hesitate to call it an island as you have to climb up 139 steps to reach the top. in rough seas you cannot disembark. it's very nice...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank joemontana16
Reviewed March 4, 2018

Anacapa is the nearest of the Channel Islands, and although it's small, it has one of the most attractive features: Gull nesting. During May and early June thousands of Gulls are nesting on the ground there and you walk along trails through large groups of...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Response from Daretha11 | Reviewed this property |
On our way back, we ran into a pod of blue whales which is quite unique. The captain let us watch the whales for about 30 minutes which made the ride back longer but was worth it.
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