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Address: 117 B Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
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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Experience of a lifetime!

The day spent with CIO (guide Bjorn) was the best day ever! The sea kayaking was incredible and we learned so much & felt very safe. It was a day we will cherish forever! A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Park City, Utah
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Park City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The day spent with CIO (guide Bjorn) was the best day ever! The sea kayaking was incredible and we learned so much & felt very safe. It was a day we will cherish forever! A fabulous lunch and a short hike in the afternoon were icing on the cake! This trip with CIO is a must for everyone that likes... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend booked this trip for us, and it was super easy. We got there in plenty of time to catch the ferry. The team was waiting for us with our lunches, and explained how the day would go.Once we got to the island, they gave us some tips on how to use the kayak as well as safety information,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Celebrated my daughter birthday kayaking through the caves and the experience could not have been better. The guides were incredibly knowledgeable about the island and the sea lions seemed to foww us where ever we went. On the way back to the mainland the captain took a detour to make sure we all got to see dolphins on or way... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our experience with CIO was uniformly positive, from the greeting at the harbor in the morning until our departure from Santa Cruz Island in the late afternoon. Our guides, Ryan and JD, were friendly, helpful, informative, and professional. They understood the different ability levels of the various kayakers, and made it fun for all. The lunches provided with the excursion... More 

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Issaquah, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the first moment until the end, the CIO folks were fantastic. The guides like they were delivered fresh from Central Casting: fit, blond, long-haired, handsome young men with big smiles and engaging demeanors. Our guide, Ben, was smart, personable, interesting and extremely helpful, especially when we had some trouble getting back into our kayak after a swim! They provided... More 

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GarrettK941, Owner at Channel Islands Outfitters, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words, glad you had such a great time! More 

Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our experience was amazing! Channel Island Outfitters are the most experienced outfitters on the island and we highly recommend them. Everything was very well organized, equipment was in excellent shape, our guide was very experienced and was able to provide us with great information and a fun and safe trip!! We also chose the breakfast and lunch option which was... More 

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Alta Loma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was hesitant to spend the money on the trip (2 adults & 2 children) but we all had a great time, I had my adrenaline rush for the year and my 12 year old who smiles less and less (around his parents)...said it was the greatest thing he's ever done in his life...so I'm glad we went for it!... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a wonderful experience. Our guide, Zach, was really knowledgeable about the wildlife and nature and tried to get us to go as far as we could, through as many caves as possible, despite the increasing waves and wind. Great workout and superb post-kayak lunch! Thank you so much!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife, one of our fifteen year old grandsons and I had originally planned to spend three days visiting the islands after the grandson had selected this location for his "fifteen year old” trip - his twin selected the Grand Canyon. After we had scheduled the three separate days' activities, we learned that CIO was offering a guided trip with... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I can't wait to go back with the rest of my family! An absolutely amazing experience. This was the best day of our honeymoon (2 week trip to 7 national parks). We got the epic package so it was just my husband and I with our guide, Chuck. I have to say, Chuck made this trip. He is absolutely fantastic.... More 

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