While exploring options for your adventure to Channel Islands National Park, you may have seen notices about Scorpion Anchorage closures on Santa Cruz Island. Currently, the pier at Scorpion Anchorage is under construction, with a projected reopening date of November 1st, 2020. Due to this closure, our kayaking operation is taking place west of Scorpion, about ~8 miles up the coast at another beautiful anchorage called Prisoners Harbor.
Why does this affect the sea caves?
The way the island is geologically formed, the high concentration of sea caves is located at the eastern end of the island, at Scorpion Anchorage. Where Prisoners lies, being a more sheltered location and protected from cave forming elements, the coastline does not have these cave formations.
What do we see at Prisoners?
The island offers a different section of coastline to experience for a Prisoners kayak tour. Arriving to the pier you’re greeted with a sweeping view of a ridge lines and canyons rolling into a sheltered bay. Keep your eyes scanning for glimpses of blue (endemic Island Scrub Jays) and orange (an Island fox!)
Once on the water, you’ll kayak a coastline studded with hidden coves, sea grottos, and cliffs spotted with seabirds and cascading plant growth. Below your kayak, kelp forests thrive, hosting flourishing marine life. Look out for bat rays gliding below, or the bright orange state fish, the Garibaldi. At the culmination of your paddle, you’ll reach a stunning natural arch. Conditions permitting, and if you’re feeling adventurous, we’ll have the chance to kayak through the feature to other side!
Explore photos of Prisoners below to preview your adventure: