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Sail Channel Islands Day Tours

#1 of 16 Tours in Oxnard
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Address: 3150 S. Harbor Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035
Phone Number: 805-750-7828
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Capt. Dan is a Coast Guard licensed master and American Sailing Association...

Capt. Dan is a Coast Guard licensed master and American Sailing Association instrutor. Sail with him for a few hours or up to several days, exploring the Channel Islands ... or take private lessons. We have two yachts, one economy and one luxury boat built in France and we are the only company offering sailing eco-tours of California's Channel Islands.Our islands are often described as the Galapagos of North American and abound in sea life from whales, to dolphins to fish that ride here on either a southern current or the northern one. Ashore, you will find a landscape mostly clear of humans and protected by the National Park Service and the Nature Conservancy. Human civilization dates back some 10,000 years here, but only a handful of caretakers live here now. Come with us and step back in history 200 years, step away from civilization.

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A+ Experience and Instruction!

My husband and I recently hired Captain Dan for 4 days and 3 nights aboard our 40ft sailboat with the intent of touring The Channels Islands for the first time and improving our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My husband and I recently hired Captain Dan for 4 days and 3 nights aboard our 40ft sailboat with the intent of touring The Channels Islands for the first time and improving our sailing and anchoring skills. I found Captain Dan online and based upon the wealth of information on his website (and his videos), decided to give him a... More 

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for the opportunity to sail your lovely yacht. I had a great time and -- as usual -- learned a great deal. About what? Your superb yacht for one, Every time I sail a new boat, if I get the opportunity for a longish passage,it's like making a new friend. And that takes time and being aboard in different... More 

Newbury Park, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time and Capt Dan is a very patient and knowledgable teacher. We are looking forward to our next lesson!!

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi, Shipmates --- thanks for the great review. Looking forward to sailing your new boat. What's her name? See you on the docks More 

Westlake Village, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

I completed my ASA 101 and 103 certification under Capt. Dan. The weather didn't always cooperate, but Capt. Dan always found something instructive to do with our time. In just a little over a month, I went from knowing nothing about sailing, to being comfortable skippering my own boat (under the right conditions!) Capt. Dan is a patient and knowledgeable... More 

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for the glowing words, but I have to reflect a lot of that back your way. You were a very attentive student, did all the homework and you came to sailing school with a lot of power boat experience. Even though I rarely get on a stinkpot myself, I've found that any boating experience, including power, kayaks, canoes -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

it was cool but the ppl throwing up in cabin bathrooms were idiots ur supposed to stay infront of boat if u get sick nobody listens to the captain so it ruined the relaxation of the inside cabin bar area, you need to puke outside and learn how the boat works. FACE AHEAD PEOPLE!!!

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Vail, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

Was it the perfect weather? Yes! Was it the great wind for filling the sails? Yes! Was it also the friendly and accommodating Capt. Dan? Yes! Yes! Yes! My husband and I just completed our 3 hour trip on the Wiley and had a great time. Capt. Dan will let you be involved in the operation of sailing as much... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We spent the day out with Capt. Dan for my friend's birthday. Gorgeous day, beautiful ship, and smooth sailing all the way (if you will). Dan was a very gracious host, letting us 'help' in the sailing process if we wanted to, and letting us run off like toddlers to take pictures of the sea lions and dolphins at a... More 

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Forest Ranch, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

My wife and I had high expectations for this trip. Captain Dan lived up to them 100%! From the beginning he was open to taking us where we wanted, feed us what we wanted, and show us what interested us from hiking and kayaking, sailing lessons, to all the wildlife around the Channel Islands. What was unexpected was what a... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

I surprised my husband for his birthday for a 2 hour sail along the coast. It was a perfect day! Capt. Dan was a wonderful. He met us at the dock, showed us around. We had such relaxing time and he even let my husband sail (we used to own a sail boat) which he absolutely loved. I would definitely... More 

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

It was great sailing with the two of you. There's nothing like the smile you get from someone who loves to sail but is getting his hand on the helm for the first time in a long time. BTW - love the shastapants nom de mer. Hope to sail with you again soon. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Wonderful experience from my 98 Year old Grandparent to the 11 year old Mind craft master. Patient Captain Dan single handed the 42' Yacht with 6 passengers with ease for a very pleasant 3 hour sailing tour. Sent us some nice Pixs and great memories. Considering the weekend trip with the Kids just hoping the weather and cell signal will... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

We celebrated my brother's 60th birthday with family and friends. What a surprise it was to him and we couldn't have asked for better everything. Captain Dan has a wealth of information, the yacht was beautiful, he found a whale for us and 2 different kinds of dolphins as we sailed to Anacapa Island. I would not have changed a... More 

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