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Address: 117 Harbor Way Ste B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2356
Phone Number: +1 805-899-4925
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Our "World Famous Caves and Coves" sea cave kayak adventures at...

Our "World Famous Caves and Coves" sea cave kayak adventures at Santa Cruz Island have been called a "Bucket List" experience for over 20 years. All of our adventures come with a lunch and snack and our guides have more experience than any other company at the Channel Islands National Park. Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime Southern California Island Adventure!

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Great way to experience the Channel Islands

We had a wonderful time. Our guide Marina was very friendly, supportive and informative. We couldn't go into all the caves because of big swells, sleeping seals, and my... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time. Our guide Marina was very friendly, supportive and informative. We couldn't go into all the caves because of big swells, sleeping seals, and my nervousness about the waves in one of the caves, but the ones we did were fun and kayaking along the edge of the islands was just amazing. And the snacks were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a fantastic day on the Channel Islands with CIO. We went on the Sea Kayaking trip which was well organised, fun and memorable. Our guide, JD, made sure we got the most out of our day in what were challenging conditions for inexperienced oldies like us. After kayaking we had time to walk on the island which was... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

I grew up in Southern California and lament the fact that I never did this as a child. We had a fabulous time with CIO. We were out there celebrating my bro's 40th birthday and it was great to check out the Channel Islands. Everything was great from the get go: pre-boarding review, food, etc. JD was our guide and... More 

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los angeles, ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

We found this tour by searching for tours went out to the Channel Islands off the CA coast. We had a friend visiting from out of town and it was another friend's birthday, so a group of 7 of us decided to splurge and sign up for a kayaking tour. The Channel Islands Outfitters' website makes it very easy to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

We loved our kayaking trip with Ryan as our guide. The ferry ride was awesome, food was great and our kayaking through caves very exciting! Lots of swells.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

What a fun excursion. We were fed well, the ride out and back was fun and dolphin and sea lion filled. They paid great attention to this little almost 60's couple (we did ourselves proud). Chuck at CIO was a great kayak guide and made great conversation! We'll be back. I'd love to do a multi-day trip if you bring... More 

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Thank KerrvilleKirk
Linwood, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Great trip, this outfitter did a great job to make sure we did enjoy out time. Worth every penny! Loved the kayaking and the snorkeling was nice also!

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Channel Islands Outfitters is the home of the Paddle Sports Center, where you can rent SUPs and kayaks and get great training--all located in Santa Barbara Harbor!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Santa Cruz Island is beautiful. The ferry ride over was (albeit choppy) gorgeous. They stopped the ferry to check out sea lions and dolphins a few times. The guides were great. The gave a good lesson on kayaking (I'd never been) prior to splitting off into small groups. My guide Chuck was excellent. Fun, informative and happy to help. Lunch... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

Took part in an excellent combo trip which involved kayaking around the sea caves and snorkelling in the kelp forests. A wonderful way to explore the beauty of the Channel Islands from the water.

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