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Address: Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
Phone Number: 805-642-1393
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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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Sea Cave Kayaking at Channel Islands National Park
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Kayaking and Kelp Forest Snorkeling at Channel Islands National Park

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An amazing day of kayaking, snorkeling and hiking. The views are breathtaking. Our guide was wonderful and the boat crew were really nice. If you're looking for a fun day this is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Rita S
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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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Fairfax, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An amazing day of kayaking, snorkeling and hiking. The views are breathtaking. Our guide was wonderful and the boat crew were really nice. If you're looking for a fun day this is the thing to do. Great for beginners too

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Santa Cruz Island was beautiful, had taken a day cruse some 20 years ago -- island at that time still decimated by feral sheep and pigs -- what a difference the National Park service and Nature Conservancy have made there. Camped 3 days, kayaked in the caves (guided by SBAdventure, who also setup the camp site and provided infrastructure as... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I already reviewed the island elsewhere. Whether you're a camper or a day visitor, treat yourself and visit this island in the Channel Islands National Park.

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Thank Daniel C
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Santa Cruz is absolutely gorgeous! There is a lot to do there - from kayaking to hiking to snorkeling. I wish we stayed overnight, camping there would have been amazing. The island itself is stunning. The water surrounding it and the wildlife that lives there made me feel like I was worlds away from California. It's dry there and there... More 

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1 Thank Katie O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In order to do this right, camp overnight. once you get there, you will want to stay longer. It is also a bit of a process to get there, so take advantage and stay awhile. The hikes and views (especially sunset) are amazing. My favorite part is the channel island foxes. These are cute small golden colored foxes which you... More 

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1 Thank Sondra W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Island Packers boat trip out to the Santa Cruz Island (Scorpion) for the first time. We sat upstairs until my husband started not feeling too well. The crew was very friendly and efficient and instructed him to go downstairs and sit outside in the air. It helped. It was kind of fun going ashore on a skiff,... More 

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4 Thank Carol G
Folsom, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We planned to spend a full day at Santa Cruz Island. We took the 9 a.m. cruise and arrived about 1 1/2 hours later. The pier at the island was damaged so we were unable to dock there, but instead we were transported by skiffs to the island. It took over 30 min to get to the island, but once... More 

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1 Thank KMTW
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is a beautiful island! The ride to and from is amazing. The trip over was very foggy but returning we saw a large pod of dolphin, sea lions and a whale. It is primitive, no place to purchase things you may have forgotten, so be sure to take what you need, water, snacks, long sleeve/ short sleeve shirt... It... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

This is a great place to hike! The ocean views are incredible! There is no food so you have to pack a lunch/snacks/water. But, you can put your lunch and gear, etc. in bear lockers after you get off the boat. No locks, though. Everything was safe, though. The island foxes are found at the campgrounds. They are the ugly... More 

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3 Thank Dale987
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

We did a one night camping and a day hike in the lower loop of Santa Cruz island. The camping was great and we got to see a lot of island foxes.We were a group of 4 people, and took the hiking trail from the scorpion anchorage to potato harbor hiking trail,which is decent with a little bit of climbing... More 

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