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Address: Channel Islands National Park, CA
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Kayak into a series of sea caves in the Channel Islands; each cave has its...

Kayak into a series of sea caves in the Channel Islands; each cave has its own special features.

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My wife and I are in our 60's and out to see all the nation's National Parks. We booked a kayak tour of the sea caves from an outfitter out of Santa Barbara, took the ferry out... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Let me start by stating that my expectations of what a "sea cave" actually is was a little off. You paddle through openings in the rock formations and paddle out the other side. They are not long dark caves that you spend longer then a couple of minutes going through. I would recommend checking out the Painted Caves as an... More 

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Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

My wife and I are in our 60's and out to see all the nation's National Parks. We booked a kayak tour of the sea caves from an outfitter out of Santa Barbara, took the ferry out of Ventura, and met our guide, Rye, on the beach. After a brief training we suited up and spent the next four hours... More 

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1 Thank Ted O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The caves are awesome. And seeing them from a kayak is the coolest. The water and air temperatures were great. We were never cold or too hot, but don't forget to wear lots of sun screen.

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1 Thank Francois P
Glendale, California
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We did a sea kayak tour on Santa Cruz island. We got the boat from Ventura. It's quite easy to find and plenty of parking. Arrive a little early so that you can complete forms. There are other kayak tours and campers and day hikers leaving from this spot so you have to find the right check in person. But... More 

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3 Thank racgeo
Aliso Viejo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Enjoy going in and out of the sea caves on our Santa Cruz Island trip. You can join a group or go on your own but you should know how to kayak and have the right equipment (kayak, floating device and helmet)

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1 Thank Stella E
Portland, Oregon
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The sea caves of Santa Cruz island are really cool to see. We saw them by kayak. We arranged a guided kayak trip with Aquasports. We kayaked the sea caves for two days. Kayak is the only way to see the caves. My only cautions about the sea caves are to know what you are signing up for. WHen I... More 

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Lafayette, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We got very lucky and visited at a time when the water was crystal clear. We could see all the way to the ocean floor. Fish, kelp, seals in abundance. The cave exploration was easy to navigate and each was unique and interesting. Great way to spend the day!

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4 Thank Fifistravels
Lake Forest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This past weekend, Saturday / 8-29-14, we did a kayaking trip to Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands, 11 miles off of California's coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara, with the Santa Barbara Adventure Company; Adam Sachs was our SBAC guide and he was great. He explained the kayaking methods and the habitat, rock formations, history of the area, and he... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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195 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is a special adventure with some degree of technical difficulty and physical stamina needed but mostly just focus and appreciation. We loved being on the ocean and paddling through the caves. On the ocean we saw lots of critters--dolphins, sea lions, sun fish, cor,morants, ducks, pelicans and of course seagulls. Our guides were uber conscious of the environment and... More 

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Orange County, CA
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We took a group of 6 Girl Scouts camping and kayaking this past weekend, and it was the most unique experience that the girls (and us leaders!) will remember forever!! First - the kayaking - i really don't know why I haven't heard more about this! Spectacular hardly seems the word! I read that this part of Santa Cruz Island... More 

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