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Address: Channel Islands, Channel Islands National Park, CA
Phone Number: 805-642-1393
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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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Great island for bird wildlife

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Del Mar, California
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Del Mar, California
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317 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Trinidad
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

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Diamond Bar, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Got on the boat ride from the Ventura harbor, it was smooth and fun especially when we spotted a whale and a school of dolphins. They stopped the boat to wait for the whale to come up, and stayed long enough for us to enjoy watching the whale and the dolphins run. The island is full of seagulls and their... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a day of hiking on the island. We took our time and stopped at the different overlooks since you are there around 4 hours. Pick up a walking guide near the visitor center or you can go with a ranger. Walk up to the lighthouse. There are a lot of seagulls. We went during mating season. Just don't... More 

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

We were dropped off by Island Packers for approximately 4.5 hours on the island, and the highlight of the excursion may have been the photo op of Arch Rock and the sea lions after we were picked up. The island is beautiful, but we nearly hiked all the limited number of trails twice in our time there and could have... More 

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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

Anacapa Island was one of the only trips available on short notice that you didn't have to jump off a skiff to land so we booked a trip. We made a reservation one day early but during busy season I'm sure you will need more notice. Ranger Bill was a delight and very knowledgeable. You have about 4 hours on... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016 via mobile

We visited Anacapa in the spring of 2008 and much enjoyed hiking around soaking up the amazing views out over the Pacific and down the sheer cliffs, surrounded by (invasive) beautiful blooming ice plants. We camped overnight, the only humans save the (invisible) ranger. Yes, seagulls nesting Everywhere, literally every few yards. Bird poop everywhere (& sitting, cooking) was a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016

This is one day trip that was truly unique! So near Los Angeles but it feels we were so far away from civilazation. The animals at this island were not afraid of humans. They were everywhere and it was such a delight to be so close to them. The ferry ride was not bad but bring a thick jacket or... More 

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