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Address: Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
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(805) 658-5730
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Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for...

Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.

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We took the Island Packers boat to Santa Cruz Island from Ventura Harbor. On the ride out we saw three gray whales and hundreds of dolphins. Santa Cruz Island was green and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
T9175ZNrogerm
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Northern Virginia, United States
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Northern Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took the Island Packers boat to Santa Cruz Island from Ventura Harbor. On the ride out we saw three gray whales and hundreds of dolphins. Santa Cruz Island was green and muddy, so at least in Feb 17 the drought is over. The hike was awesome despite mud that make impressive ankle weights and somewhat slippery on uphill climbs.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

Great hikes, beautiful cliffs, lots of wildlife, dolphin, whales, shearwaters, local birds and foxes a plenty.

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Emery, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

This island is part of the Channel Islands National Park. It is only accessible by ferry boat from Island Backpackers or by private boat. There are a few small tent campgrounds. They were even in use in January when I visited. The island has no human residents except a few National Park Rangers. There is no food available on the... More 

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Ripon, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

I camped for two days which is much too long. Nice place but not a lot to see and do. Keep in mind the price to get ther is high and for a large family I don't believe it would be worth it.

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Hwaseong, South Korea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

Hands down best part of our trip. Even if you just go for the day, it's well worth it and you will have plenty of time for a good hike. We took the Mountain Ridge trail and were able to see the mainland, and well as other peaks from other islands in the chain. BRING SUNSCREEN-very little tree cover. Camping... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

Took Island Packer's 8 AM ferry to Santa Cruz island from Ventura. 59$ per head. As the landing dock is out of order (since last 11 months), it will be a wet landing to the rocky beach. And these people (from Island packer's) are doing a great job with extra care (taking 6 people at a time in a rubber... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

We spent the day on Santa Cruz Island and had a great day of hiking. The views are stunning and the wildlife is wonderful. The Santa Cruz Island fox is so beautiful. The crew on the ferry are excellent stopping to show wildlife.......seals and dolphins. Highly recommended for a wonderful day outdoors.

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We visited the island on October 27, 2016. The hiking trail to Potato Harbor Road was well worth it. The trail would be a hard one for the summer time since there was little shade along the way. The boat rides provided by Island Packers was excellent. The day trip to the island is a great way for a family... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Great place to visit. I expected a flush area due to the ocean setting, but very desert like and dry, but still beautiful. All of us need to share our national parks.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

I visited for 3 days in October. I've read the other reviews and mostly agree. It's a desert island that's dry and dusty in the fall. Hiking is fun but it's hot with practically no shade on the trails so bring lots of water from Scorpion Anchorage. But the main attraction are the ocean activities, so do some kayaking or... More 

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