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Address: 117 Harbor Way Ste B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2356
Phone Number: +1 805-899-4925
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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Competent, rigorous, and knowledgeable adventure company in stunning location

My family generally has a 'self-outfitting' mentality. I personally have done a lot of sea-kayaking, and have an ingrained suspicion of tours. However, we were visiting our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
David R
Moscow, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family generally has a 'self-outfitting' mentality. I personally have done a lot of sea-kayaking, and have an ingrained suspicion of tours. However, we were visiting our soccer-playing college kid in the Central Valley, and decided to give Channel Island Outfitters a try. First off- the trip to the island was a blast. Two humpbacks (with one full-body breach), and... More 

Thank David R
Riverton, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We loved our day at the Channel Islands. We did the kayaking/snorkeling combo trip. Our guide, Ben was fabulous. He guided us safely through some amazing sea caves and pointed out all the really cool fish while we snorkeled. We saw lobster, bat rays, garibaldi, and hundreds of other fish and sea creatures. We didn't have to worry about taking... More 

Thank paulaspence
Whittier, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

SO MUCH FUN! Our tour guide DJ was wonderful. We saw beautiful sites & the caves were amazing. They provided a delicious lunch & snacks for the day. Very well organized company.

Thank KKW500
Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on the Sea Caves Kayaking Tour with my wife and we had a great time. Ryan Boucher was our guide & we found him to be truly excellent. He is very knowledgeable about Santa Cruz Island, its geology, bird and sea life, the kelp forest, and of course, safely leading a group of inexperienced kayakers into potentially dangerous caves.... More 

Thank Harvey S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Channel Islands for a weekend of camping. Decided to go kayaking and snorkeling with the CIO group. It was a great time and the instructors were amazing. Brad was our guide and he was knowledgeable about the island's history and the eco-system for the Channel Islands. The rental equipment was clean and in good condition.

Thank mark b
Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a kayaking excursion with Channel Island Outfitters. First of all this National Park is a must see. The day could not have gone better. We meet our guide DJ and he got us prepared. The day was full of amazing sights and experiences including the cliffs, surf, sights, caves, lunch. We highly recommend the outfit.

Thank Mark B
Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing view complimented by amazing team of guides. Only precaution is that the boat ride is cold and can be wet. Dress accordingly and have fun!

Thank Zachary B
Seattle, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was able to fly in, rent all the camping gear needed, kayak,snorkel , and have chef quality food all because of the service of this company. They make everything so easy to plan a trip and take care of all the details. They were able to book my ferry passage, reserve my kayak experience, and also plan my meals.... More 

Thank tuckerd62016
Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I completed the joint sea kayaking + snorkeling activity. We also rented camping equipment from Channel Islands Outfitters for our national park reservation on Santa Cruz Island. Everything was so well coordinated including how to stow our gear while waiting for the camp site, getting camping gear to our site, stowing of gear during our kayaking-snorkeling trip,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went on caves and kelp tour in august 2016. I was thoroughly satisfied. Our trip had just 3 clients, 2 in a tandem and me alone, and our guide David. I was impressed with the good equipment provided, by the delicious lunch, and by how personable and effective David was. He knows a lot about the islands and the... More 

Thank Kirk V

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