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Address: Channel Islands, Channel Islands National Park, CA
Phone Number: (805) 658-5730

One of the five islands in the Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa is...

One of the five islands in the Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa is located an hour from Oxnard.

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Plenty to see

Our visit to Anacapa was a day well spent. The ride over and back with Island Packers was enjoyable; we were fortunate to have calm waters and not too strong of a breeze. Three... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Seattle, Washington, United States
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our visit to Anacapa was a day well spent. The ride over and back with Island Packers was enjoyable; we were fortunate to have calm waters and not too strong of a breeze. Three varieties of dolphin and an ocean sun fish were spotted during the voyages; the captain kindly slowed down for a good look and the naturalist on... More 

1 Thank LittleBrownBird
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our day started at Island Packers in Oxnard. The boat trip out and back was smooth and fast. Saw a group of dolphins and one whale of in the distance. The cliffs and vistas are great, but the island looks bad due to the drought. The birds were gone when we were there. I did get some great photos. The... More 

Thank Mark D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

My husband surprised me with this trip for my birthday and it was fantastic! The boat ride to Anacapa alone was spectacular. We had recently moved from Maui and really missed being near the ocean. Having lived in Maui for 5 years we got used to going out to seeing the humpback whales every winter. Because of this I didn't... More 

1 Thank Lady_Glady
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

The best way to do this island is through Santa Barbara Adventure Company. The ferry ride out is part of the experience. We saw swordfish, dolphins and sea lions on the way. The ferry goes by the famous arch. Once dropped off, we prepped for sea kyacking and were immediately rewarded with views, kyacking under the arch, and really cool... More 

Thank Sondra W
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

My husband and I have lived in Ventura for about year and wanted to take a trip to the Islands, Anacapa is the closest. We looked into it online and there are beautiful photos everywhere of a lush green peaceful island with great hiking. We took the boat out on Island Packers, which was a nice ride and they do... More 

2 Thank Alyssa J
Satellite Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

We took the early cruise out to Anacapa. The fog was pretty heavy on the way out but lifted for better views closer to noon. The views of the arch and Inspiration Point are beautiful. These are the iconic Channel Islands views you see on the merchandise so it's neat to see them in person. You really don't need more... More 

Thank KLnavig8r
Del Mar, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

You get to the island via Island Packers in Ventura or Oxnard. Between March and July you will see the entire breeding cycle of the Western Gulls from making their nest, breeding, laying eggs, and watching them hatch and grow until they fledge in July. In several coves you will also see hundreds of California sea lions from different viewpoints... More 

Thank Travelin M
Alamogordo, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

You should visit this island only if you are a bird lover. We went on a day trip with Island Packers. The boat trips were fine. But when we arrived, there was no park service person to give a guided hike. We were just left on our own. The Sea Gulls were nesting and protecting their baby sea gulls. There... More 

2 Thank ChuckBrooks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2016

Being on Ancapa Island, as part of the Channel Islands National Park was a great adventure. It started from Ventura California, where you take an Island Packers boat and take a 45 minute trip to the island. Along the way, you can spot harbour seals, many, many dolphins, a lot of them swimming along with the boat, and even a... More 

2 Thank ralr99
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

I took the island wildlife cruise at 9:30 a.m. with Island Packers for $38, but our boat stopped by Anacapa Island to drop off people who were doing the day trip ($59) or going camping for the night ($79). On our way to the island, we saw a few humpback whales and when we arrived to Anacapa, we also saw... More 

1 Thank Annemae B

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