Channel Islands Kayaking

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

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Overview

Scorpion Anchorage falls within Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary as well as a state Marine Protected Area. 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.

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.

Itinerary

We meet at the Island Packers ferry office in Ventura Harbor between 7:00 – 8:00 AM for check-in, and the ferry pulls away from the dock at 8:00 – 9:00. Please check your confirmation email for actual departure times. It takes about an hour to cross the channel unless we see dolphins or whales, in which case they will take a little time to follow along and talk about them.

When we reach Santa Cruz Island we provide a basic paddling instruction/safety talk and distribute all necessary gear. Afterward we begin the guided paddle along the coast in one direction, exploring the sea caves as you go. At some point you turn around and come back past the landing area and explore in the other direction.

You return to the beach around 1:30, and have until about 3:00 – 4:00 (your ferry captain will tell you your pick-up time) to eat the lunch that you bring, enjoy one of the island’s many great trails, snorkel, or relax on the beach.

Availability

Channel Islands Adventure Company was recently selected as the sole concessionaire for kayaking at Scorpion Anchorage, Channel Islands National Park. Trips are available year-round.

Starting point and time

Ventura Harbor, 8am- 5pm or 6pm. Actual start and finish times may vary.

Destination

Scorpion Anchorage, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

Level of difficulty

Beginner through advanced experience levels welcome. Children under 12 must ride in double kayak with a parent.

Cost

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

*Ferry Price

$54 per adult, $41 per child 12 and under
Ferry service is operated by Island Packers. Island Packers is the ferry company that takes us to East Santa Cruz Island, Scorpion.

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Trip Includes

All kayaking gear (kayak, paddle, paddle jackets, helmets and wetsuits as necessary), knowledgeable guide(s), kayaking lesson, natural history and marine ecology. Ferry tickets may be included in your reservation at checkout, or you can book separately through
Island Packers.

Food Options

There are no food vendors on the island, but food can be ordered for pick up at the dock. Learn more.

Group Discount Rates

Additional discounts may be available for non-profit, scouts and school groups. Group discounts available for 8+ people. Please call to inquire.

Paddling time and distance

2.5 miles, 2.5 – 3 hours of island kayaking.

Highlights

Whale watching on the boat ride, incredible Channel Islands kayaking, Channel Islands National Park visitors center, fantastic hiking opportunities, an amazing island experience.

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

– Karen Hemkey

More Details

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

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

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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

2-3 days per week March – October.

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

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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.

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

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Overview

If you prefer a later start or just want a shorter kayaking tour at the Islands then this trip is for you. This trip is an abbreviated version of our Sea Cave Kayak Tour, with 1.5 hours of paddling in place of the 3 hour tour.

Availability

May through August.

Starting point and time

Ventura Harbor, check in time varies (between 8am-11am). Return to harbor at 6pm.

Destination

Scorpion Anchorage, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

Level of difficulty

Beginner through advanced welcome. Children under 12 must ride in double kayak with a parent and should be confident swimmers.

Cost

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

*Ferry Price

$54 per adult, $41 per child 12 and under
Ferry service is operated by Island Packers. Island Packers is the ferry company that takes us to East Santa Cruz Island, Scorpion.

Paddling time and distance

1.25 miles, 1-1.5 hours of island kayaking.

Highlights

Whale watching on the boat ride, incredible Channel Islands kayaking, Channel Islands National Park visitors center, time for self-guided or ranger led hiking, an amazing island experience.

Additional Information on preparing for your Channel Islands Day Trip

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Trip includes

Kayaking gear (paddle jackets, helmets and wet suits as necessary), ocean kayak, knowledgeable guide(s), kayaking lesson, natural history and marine ecology. Ferry tickets may be included in your reservation at checkout, or you can book separately through
Island Packers.

Food Options

There are no food vendors on the island, but food can be ordered for pick up at the dock. Learn more.

What if I want to snorkel or hike?

Depending on your check in time you may have between 1 and 4 hours of free time on the island to snorkel before we start the kayak tour. There are a number of spectacular hikes that can be taken right from the beach. If you choose the 11am check in time, there is no time to hike or snorkel before the tour as we go straight into gearing up for kayaking upon arriving at the island.

What if I want a longer kayak tour?

We offer a full day sea cave kayaking tour that includes 2.5-3 hours of kayaking in the morning and hiking and snorkeling opportunities in the afternoon.

More Details

We head out to Santa Cruz Island on a ferry boat, gear up for kayaking and set out to explore the coves and caves between Scorpion anchorage and Cavern Point. Please note that afternoon winds can sometimes make conditions more challenging than in the morning.

Options for the morning free time include taking a world class self-guided or guided hike to Cavern Point and Potato Harbor (free guided hikes are available most mornings with a Channel Islands Naturalist Corps volunteer), snorkeling and swimming, bird watching, a picnic lunch or spending time in the visitor’s center.

Scorpion Anchorage falls within Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary as well as a state Marine Protected Area. 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.

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.

Santa Barbara Adventure Company is an authorized kayak guide and outfitting service provider for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage and all other areas of the park. 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

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

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Overview

Everyone should experience the relaxed pace of the island with at least one overnight. A camping trip allows multiple days of kayaking, hiking and snorkeling at Scorpion Anchorage within the National Park and Marine Sanctuary.

Availability

2017 trips available now! Please call us to schedule your trip.

Paddling time and distance

2-5 miles per day, 3-4 hours of actual paddling, visiting new areas of the island.

Cost

$298 per adult + ferry transportation, campsite*
$278 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation, campsite*
BOOK EARLY & SAVE! $10 off your kayak tour when you book at least 2 weeks in advance, use code CHI2WEEKS at checkout!

Ferry & Campsite Reservations

Ferry service is operated by Island Packers. Island Packers is the ferry company that takes us to East Santa Cruz Island, Scorpion. Ferry tickets must be booked separately through
Island Packers. Campsite reservations must be booked separately through Recreation.gov

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Camping trip includes

Kayaks, kayaking gear (wet suits, paddle jackets and helmets), knowledgeable guides, kayaking lesson, natural history and marine ecology. We can provide you with tents and sleeping bags at an additional charge.

Interested in a longer kayak and camp trip?

We can organize kayak and camp trips up to 5 days in length. Please call us for prices and options.

Tent Rental

$15 per night (3 person tent)

Kitchen Rental

$15 per night (full camp kitchen, stove & propane)

Sleeping bag, pad, pillow and liner Rental

$20 per person, per night

Food Options

There are no food vendors on the island. You need to bring all your food with you or food items can be ordered for pick up at the dock from other vendors. Learn more.

Highlights

Whale watching on the boat ride, world class Channel Islands kayaking, incredible marine environment , NPS visitors center, hiking with panoramic views, camping in a serene valley, brilliant star gazing.

Additional Information on preparing for your Channel Islands Camping Trip

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More Details

The first day of kayaking is focused on the caves and coves around Scorpion Anchorage while subsequent days usually allow for a longer paddle to the world famous Potato Harbor. The evenings offer quiet solitude and each morning you’ll feel revitalized and eager to explore. Your guide will help to set up camp. There are ample opportunities to check out the Channel Islands Visitor’s Center, read, play music or games, etc. This beloved National Park destination is renowned for incredible sea caves, endemic wildlife, and fantastic snorkeling.

Santa Barbara Adventure Company is an authorized kayak guide and outfitting service permit holder for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage and all other areas of the park.

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

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