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“Kayaking through the sea caves is the best day trip on Santa Cruz Island”
Review of The Sea Caves

The Sea Caves
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Owner description: Kayak into a series of sea caves in the Channel Islands; each cave has its own special features.
Reviewed October 21, 2017

We took a day trip to the Santa Cruz Islands, spent 4 hours of kayaking tour. First, we were not sure if we were able to do it since we did not have much sea kayak experience. However, the sea caves were so interesting, we had to go. Our 2 tour guides, one in the front to lead the group, one at the end to make sure none of us behind the group. We passed one sea cave after another, each of them had different shape. The most interesting one was looked like an elephant. We passed the elephant legs without difficulty, but went back by the elephant trunk was challenging, too narrow to maneuver through. Some of sea caves had low ceiling, therefore, your head might hit the ceiling when the wave pushed you up. Some of the sea caves were very large, we found a sea lion was sleeping there. We quickly retreated out. When we passed one corner of the island, the water was rough. It was a good exercise to against the waves to kayak. When we completed the tour, we were so happy because we saw and learned some much and also felt an accomplishment.

4  Thank Jenny201110
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Reviewed September 22, 2017

When my husband and I took a day trip to the Channel Islands, our kayak tour to the sea caves was the highlight of the day. Our guide was with the Santa Barbara Adventure Company on Santa Cruz Island. He was very professional, and gave us great instruction on how to be safe and how to maneuver in and out of the caves. It was a exciting and interesting, as well as good exercise! I highly recommend it.

4  Thank Margaret Y
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Reviewed September 9, 2017

An unexpected treat to this awesome cave on our way back from Santa Rosa Island. Santa Cruz has so many sea caves and arches but Painted Cave is so amazing. I've never seen such a beautiful cave.

Thank dmbakerphd
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Reviewed July 31, 2017

Kayaking around these historic island sea caves makes you feel like you're on vacation outside of the US! Most of my local LA friends haven't even done this trip (or know about it).

The water can be rough, but it's so crystal clear and the caves are so worth it. I recommend a head lamp and a GoPro to capture the action! We used Islandkayaking.com for a guided tour but I would love to do it another time independently!

Thank mgerber18
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Reviewed July 24, 2017

We booked our thrip through SB adventures and had an amazing time. Its an hour ride to the island. We did the 1.5 hr kayak tour and our guides were awesome. It was such a cool experience. you should take a packed lunch as there is no food on the island.

Thank rgarg_23
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