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Island Packers

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“santa cruz”(61 reviews)
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Ventura Harbor 1691, Spinnaker Dr. Suite 105 B, Ventura, CA 93001-1577
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were warned several times that it the sea was energetic but chose to go anyway. I took my fresh ginger, and decided to take a chance. Yup, it was rough, but the crew was helpful with those having challenges. Thankfully my ginger saved me...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank hismile64
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

7 adults and 8 little ones (2-11) made the crossing. We packed a picnic and had a wonderful day of hiking/exploring and just enjoying nature. The Island Packers folks couldn't have been more helpful in terms or setting up our trip, explaining options for a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed January 12, 2019 via mobile

2 fantastic trips with Island Packers. Wonderful team, amazing experience whale watching and hiking Santa Cruze Island.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank roachjk
Reviewed January 8, 2019

Great, well run outfit offering a variety of trips to the Channel Islands. During our trip the federal government was shut down but Island Packers personnel were chipping in to clean toilets and monitor for safety in lieu of park rangers. The boat was clean...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Chisale
Reviewed January 6, 2019

They were good with our stuff. Will bring a kayak with you no problems. They were great at the dock and generally ontime! cant ask for much more from a ferry service!

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Cliffosh
Reviewed December 30, 2018

Island Packer’s website would lead one to believe that they offer a wildlife cruise throughout the Channel Islands during the week. However when we called to book a tour, we were told that none were available the week we were here because they were only...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SeasonedTraveler1K
Reviewed December 18, 2018

Found this company on-line prior to departure for our US trip to California in Sept/October, and the round trip offered out to the islands (non-landing excursion) seemed ideal to get a taster of this part of the Pacific and its scenery. I had a very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JJ-Whippet53
Reviewed December 16, 2018

I worked in this area for several weeks, and on my day off the weather was great, and so I spent a lovely morning taking their "cruise" around the islands (you don't get off the boat on this one), seeing tons of dolphins (they follow...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank elissejo
Reviewed December 15, 2018 via mobile

Visited Santa Cruz Island with Island Packers. Wonderful day on the water. Saw lots of dolphins, two humpback whales, and sea lions. They stop the boat to see the animals and it is a fast comfortable boat. On the island, we had about 5 hours...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank taoofthecaribbean
Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

Had a great trip to Channel Islands. Saw hundreds of dolphins and 2 humpback whales. Hiked 7 miles on the island. It was a great day.

Date of experience: December 2018
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May 5, 2018|
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Response from Robert B | Reviewed this property |
Probably Prisoner's Harbor-less people and wilder.
Cody G
January 10, 2018|
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Response from J9276HMteresac | Reviewed this property |
You might talk to the ferry company in Ventura Ca and see if they’ll work with you but that’s the only ferry company that goes to the islands
Mary N
November 20, 2017|
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Response from Yoipitydafool67 | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any security cameras...even if there is security cameras how is that going to prevent a theft of your off road vehicles? As with any public parking the establishment is not responsible for any theft in their... More