Channel Islands Kayaking

Book Your Kayaking Adventure Today
More Info

Welcome to Channel Islands Adventure Company, owned and operated by Santa Barbara Adventure Co.

side-color

Overview

Our Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour is our most popular Channel Islands National Park tour. We’ll spend a half-day exploring the sea caves around Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island. No other area of the park offers as many sea cave kayaking opportunities. Some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world can be found at Scorpion Anchorage.

Time of Year:

Year-round
Meets on Santa Cruz Island daily @ 10:30am
7am ferry check-in (8am departure) or 8am ferry check-in (9am departure) from Ventura Harbor

Paddling Time and Distance:

2.5-3 miles, 2.5-3 hours of island kayaking

Level of Difficulty:

Beginner through advanced levels

Cost

$149 per adult + ferry transportation ($54)
$139 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation ($41)
BOOK ONLINE & SAVE! $10 off your kayak tour when you book at least 2 weeks in advance, use code CHI2WEEKS at checkout!

Additional Information on preparing for your Channel Islands Day Trip

sea-caves-dolphinssea-cavessea-cave-kayaing-santa-barbara

“It was an awesome experience that allowed us to explore and enjoy nature while having fun.”

– Karen Hemkey

More Details

This beloved California destination is renowned for incredible island kayaking, native wildlife, fantastic snorkeling and hiking opportunities. With our knowledgeable guides, limitless discovery awaits. To learn more about preparing for your trip and the Channel Islands National Park’s Visitor center, please visit the park service website. It is important to note that food vendors are not available on the island, please visit our recent blog post on food options for more information.

Channel Islands Adventure Company is an authorized kayak guide and outfitter service permit holder for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage and all other areas of the park. We are the number one choice for Channel Islands National Park outfitting and tours. Dangerous conditions may exist at any time of the year, and we cannot guarantee cave exploration.

PLEASE NOTE

If your preferred date is less than 2 days from now or is not available in our online reservation system, please call us and we can probably fit you in!
(805) 884-WAVE or toll free (877) 885-WAVE.
Letsgo@sbadventureco.com

Book Your Kayaking Adventure Today
More Info

Welcome to Channel Islands Adventure Company, owned and operated by Santa Barbara Adventure Co.

side-color

Overview

Our Discovery Sea Cave Kayak Tour is a shortened version of our Adventure Sea Cave Kayaking Tour, with 1.5 hours of paddling instead of 3 hours. Channel Islands National Park offers a diverse array of recreational activities from birding to hiking to snorkeling to exploring the history of the island. Our Discovery Sea Cave Kayak Tour is great for first timers to the island who want to be able to experience numerous activities on the island. Also if you prefer a later start or just want a shorter kayaking tour at the Islands then this trip is for you!

Time of Year:

May-September
Meets on Santa Cruz Island daily @ 10:30am OR 1:30pm
7am ferry check-in (8am departure) or 8am ferry check-in (9am departure) from Ventura Harbor for 10:30am tour
11am ferry check-in (12pm departure) or any earlier ferry from Ventura Harbor for 1:30pm tour

Paddling Time and Distance:

1.25 miles, 1-1.5 hours of island kayaking

Level of Difficulty:

Beginner through advanced levels

Cost

$109 per adult + ferry transportation ($54)
$99 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation ($41)
BOOK ONLINE & SAVE! $10 off your kayak tour when you book at least 2 weeks in advance, use code CHI2WEEKS at checkout!

Additional Information on preparing for your Channel Islands Day Trip

afternoon-kayak-kelpafternoon-kayaking-santa-barbara

More Details

This beloved California destination is renowned for incredible island kayaking, native wildlife, fantastic snorkeling and hiking opportunities. With our knowledgeable guides, limitless discovery awaits. To learn more about preparing for your trip and the Channel Islands National Park’s Visitor center, please visit the park service website. It is important to note that food vendors are not available on the island, please visit our recent blog post on food options for more information.

Channel Islands Adventure Company is an authorized kayak guide and outfitter service permit holder for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage and all other areas of the park. We are the number one choice for Channel Islands National Park outfitting and tours. Dangerous conditions may exist at any time of the year, and we cannot guarantee cave exploration.

PLEASE NOTE

Some tour dates are not available for online reservations. Please call for more dates and options.
(805) 884-WAVE or toll free (877) 885-WAVE.

Letsgo@sbadventureco.com

Book Your Kayaking Adventure Today
More Info

Welcome to Channel Islands Adventure Company, owned and operated by Santa Barbara Adventure Co.

side-color

Overview

Our Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak is for the true ocean adventurer or someone looking to really grow their ocean kayaking skills. This tour is perfect for spending a full day exploring the island by kayak or campers who will be spending more than one day on the island. We’ll explore incredible sea cave and kelp forests along our route to the famous Potato Harbor, a less visited and more rugged area of the Park that allows for a truly breathtaking and memorable experience.

Time of Year:

May-October, private tours can be booked year-round
Meets on Santa Cruz Island daily @ 9:30am
Requires 7am ferry check-in (8am departure) from Ventura Harbor or prior nights camping on Santa Cruz Island

Paddling Time and Distance:

3-5 miles, 3-4 hours of actual paddling

Level of Difficulty:

Intermediate through advanced experience levels

Cost

$179 per adult + ferry transportation ($54)
$169 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation ($41)
BOOK ONLINE & SAVE! $10 off your kayak tour when you book at least 2 weeks in advance, use code CHI2WEEKS at checkout!

Additional Information on preparing for your Channel Islands Day Trip

sea-caves-dolphinssea-cavessea-cave-kayaing-santa-barbara

More Details

This beloved California destination is renowned for incredible island kayaking, native wildlife, fantastic snorkeling and hiking opportunities. With our knowledgeable guides, limitless discovery awaits. To learn more about preparing for your trip and the Channel Islands National Park’s Visitor center, please visit the park service website. It is important to note that food vendors are not available on the island, please visit our recent blog post on food options for more information.

Channel Islands Adventure Company is an authorized kayak guide and outfitter service permit holder for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage and all other areas of the park. We are the number one choice for Channel Islands National Park outfitting and tours. Dangerous conditions may exist at any time of the year, and we cannot guarantee cave exploration.

If your preferred date is not available in our online reservation system, please call or email us and we can probably fit you in!
(805) 884-WAVE or toll free (877) 885-WAVE
Letsgo@sbadventureco.com

Book Your Kayaking Adventure Today

Welcome to Channel Islands Adventure Company, owned and operated by Santa Barbara Adventure Co.

side-color

Overview

Get ready for a full day at sea . Explore Painted Cave, one of the largest sea caves in the world! Painted Cave is within a Marine Protected Area and also a part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Enjoy breakfast & a hot lunch, as well as whale watching on the boat ride where you may spot sea lions, otters, dolphins, marine birds and whales. Snorkel the protected kelp forest after kayaking the massive sea caves. This is an adventure you will remember for a lifetime.

Availability

This is a seasonal trip offered on select dates from May-September. The following dates are currently available:
• June 2, 16 and 17
• July 15 and 16
• August 4, 20 and 25

Starting point and time

Santa Barbara Harbor, 7:30 am- 5:00 pm.

Destination

Painted Cave, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

Level of difficulty

Intermediate to advanced welcome, no paddling experience is necessary (not recommended for children 12 and under).

Cost:

$199 adult, $179 child.
Group rates for 6+ $185 per person. Group discount rates can not be used with other promotional discounts. Additional $15 charge per single kayak. No charge for snorkel gear.

Paddling time and distance

2.5 miles, 2-3 hours of kayaking with snorkeling options.

Trip includes

Breakfast and lunch, charter boat transportation, double kayak and kayaking gear, wetsuit, paddle jacket, snorkeling masks, knowledgeable guide(s), kayaking lesson, natural history and marine ecology. Single kayaks are provided at an additional charge of $15 per kayak

group-kayaking-painted-cavesstingray-painted-cavespainted-caves-santa-barbara-jelly-fish

More Details

Explore the less traveled west end of Santa Cruz Island and the beautiful Painted Cave. Relax and let us take care of the all the details on this unforgettable Channel Islands kayaking tour. This all inclusive day trip departs out of the Santa Barbara Harbor aboard a splendid charter vessel complete with hot showers and bunks. Enjoy breakfast, first class whale watching, and a scenic cruise to Santa Cruz Island where the boat will anchor giving you time to take an amazing kayak tour of Painted Cave and a series of other caves and coves nearby. After exploring the magnificent cave, we give you some time for snorkeling, taking photos or to take a hot shower on the boat. A hot lunch will be served on the boat before heading back to Santa Barbara. Alcohol is not served on the boat but guests over 21 years old are welcome to bring their own to enjoy on the trip.

*Charter boat is subject to cancellation if trip date does not meet minimum booking numbers. Call for details.

**Entering Painted Cave is subject to weather conditions. In the unlikely event that we cannot anchor by Painted Cave, we will kayak at another beautiful location on Western Santa Cruz Island.

Santa Barbara Adventure Company is an authorized kayak guide and outfitting service permit holder for the Channel Islands National Park.

  • bottom logo 1
  • bottom logo 3
  • bottom logo 4
  • bottom logo 5