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This is a U.S. national park. It will cost you $80 for the boat ride ovet with Island Packers. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sacramento, California
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Make sure you book boat trip first, avoid possible disappointment if you walk in and everything is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
John H
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Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a U.S. national park. It will cost you $80 for the boat ride ovet with Island Packers. The ships are clean, new and run on time. The island is clean and uncrowded. Campground is in a eucalyptus grove; easy walk from the dock....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Make sure you book boat trip first, avoid possible disappointment if you walk in and everything is booked. Ship ride out was very rough, high swells, loved it however several people ended up seasick. Small tip if you are susceptible dont eat before you board....More

Thank John H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Phenomenal experience right from the hour-long crossing from Ventura Harbor to Santa Cruz Island. Once there, we were instantly smitten with the landscape and the realization we were so far offshore on such a pristine island that might just as easily been confused with a...More

1  Thank EasyE61
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Went out to Santa Cruz Island on Island Packers for a cloudless day of hiking. The temperature was perfect, the trip out was a little rough however once were on shore and got our briefing from the volunteer, I did about four hours of hiking...More

Thank CentralCoastDiverSLO
Reviewed September 10, 2018

If you have hiked trails bordering beaches, then you you will be disappointed. Very similar to the Wilder state Ranch trail in California. I would give rate Wilder State Ranch higher, in terms of awesomeness. If you are first timer, this is a very nice...More

1  Thank crajiv
Reviewed September 3, 2018

We took the Island Packer Ferry, booked through Channel Islands Adventure Company, to Scorpion, Santa Cruz Island. I can highly recommend both of these companies. You need to arrive an hour before your boat leaves, and by time you unpack your things, check in, go...More

Thank tinaNtravel
Reviewed August 27, 2018

You can certainly do a day trip, but if you do, you'll be disappointed. Plan on staying over for a few nights and really exploring this natural wonder - you'll be glad you did!

Thank Greg L
Reviewed August 22, 2018

I am a self proclaimed National Park junkie so I take every chance I can to visit all of these national treasures that I can. We took the 8 AM ferry out to the island and got to see lots of wildlife on the boat...More

1  Thank BRIDGET B
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Island Packer Ferry gets you there, from two locations, Oxnard and Ventura. Just go to the website and pick a day and time, at least a week in advance increases your choices, $60 round trip per person. You must be at the ferry dock an...More

Thank Katrina M
Reviewed July 31, 2018

We decided on a half day trip out to Santa Cruz Island. We reserved a round trip boat ride there with Island Packers. They delivered the promised services, were on time going in both directions, and the ride was bumpier going out than coming back...More

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June 29, 2018|
Response from dmbakerphd | Reviewed this property |
If I remember correctly, there is a little bit of a beach near the dock but most people were launching kayaks. I do think I saw campers headed to the beach for various activities. My main focus was hiking and the wildlife. I... More
February 11, 2018|
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Response from dmbakerphd | Reviewed this property |
I took the Island Packers boat out to both Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands. They do a fantastic job. On the way out and back they stop for dolphins and whales and other wildlife. On our way out to Santa Rosa Island, our... More