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

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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.

Meets on Santa Cruz Island daily @ 10:30am

Paddling Time and Distance:

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

Level of Difficulty:

Beginner through advanced levels. Children under age 5 not permitted.

Cost

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.
$149 per adult + ferry transportation ($59)*
$139 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation ($46)*
*You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers or will be camping on the island you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

Ferry Tickets
Ferry service is aboard modern catamarans operated by Island Packers, the sole transportation concessioner to Channel Islands National Park. You will be given the option to purchase ferry tickets from us during the checkout process after adding your kayak tour.
This tour requires a ferry departure of 9am or earlier from Ventura Harbor.
READ YOUR FERRY CONFIRMATION FOR YOUR CHECK IN TIME.

What if I want to snorkel?
Snorkel Gear is available for rent at our storefront on the island. After the kayaking tour you will have some free time to snorkel. Please tell your guide at check-in if you are interested in snorkeling.
Prices are:
Snorkel & Mask – $13
Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $25
Two Piece 7mm Wet suit and Hood – $25
We recommend reading our Guide to Snorkeling Options at Santa Cruz Island if interested in snorkeling.

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

– Karen Hemkey

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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 the sole kayak guide and outfitter concessionaire for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage. 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

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!

Availability
March-April – Available select days
May-August – Available most days
Sept-Oct – Weekends only
Nov-Feb – Not Available

Meets on Santa Cruz Island daily @ 10:30am AND 1:30pm

Paddling Time and Distance:

1.25 miles, 1-1.5 hours of island kayaking

Level of Difficulty:

Beginner through advanced levels. Children under age 5 not permitted.

Cost

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.
$109 per adult + ferry transportation ($59)*
$99 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation ($46)*
*You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers or will be camping on the island you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

Ferry Tickets
Ferry service is aboard modern catamarans operated by Island Packers, the sole transportation concessioner to Channel Islands National Park. You will be given the option to purchase ferry tickets from us during the checkout process after adding your kayak tour.

The morning tour requires a ferry departure of 9am or earlier from Ventura Harbor.
READ YOUR FERRY CONFIRMATION FOR YOUR CHECK IN TIME.

What if I want to snorkel?
Snorkel Gear is available for rent at our storefront on the island. After the kayaking tour (or before if you are doing the afternoon tour) you will have some free time to snorkel. Please tell your guide if you are interested in snorkeling. Prices are:
Snorkel & Mask – $13
Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $25
Two Piece 7mm Wet suit and Hood – $25
We recommend reading our Guide to Snorkeling Options at Santa Cruz Island if interested in snorkeling.

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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 the sole kayak guide and outfitter concessionaire for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage. 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
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Welcome to Channel Islands Adventure Company, owned and operated by Santa Barbara Adventure Co.

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Overview

The longest of our kayaking tour options and only for advanced paddlers, our Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak tour is for the true ocean adventurer or someone who has been kayaking in Channel Islands National Park previously. We’ll explore incredible sea caves 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.

This tour is best for

1. Advanced kayakers or those who have been on a kayaking tour at Scorpion Anchorage with us in the past – must have 8am ferry departure and 4:30pm return
2. So that you can enjoy a first full day on the island, campers on their 2nd day at island often are a good fit for this tour
Note: If this is your first time kayaking at Scorpion Anchorage, we recommend the Adventure Tour to fully experience the area

Availability
March-April – Available select days
May-August – Available most days
Sept-Oct – Generally weekends only
Nov-Feb – Not Available

Meets on Santa Cruz Island @ 9:30am

Paddling Time and Distance:

3-5 miles, 4 hours of actual paddling

Level of Difficulty:

Advanced experience level. A good level of physical fitness is required for this tour.

Cost

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.
$179 per adult + ferry transportation ($59)*
$169 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation ($46)*
*You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers or will be camping on the island you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

Ferry Tickets
Ferry service is aboard modern catamarans operated by Island Packers, the sole transportation concessioner to Channel Islands National Park. You will be given the option to purchase ferry tickets from us during the checkout process after adding your kayak tour.

Requires 8am ferry departure from Ventura Harbor or prior nights camping on Santa Cruz Island
READ YOUR FERRY CONFIRMATION FOR YOUR CHECK IN TIME.

What if I want to snorkel?
Snorkel Gear is available for rent at our storefront on the island. With the Ultimate tour there is very little time for snorkeling unless you are camping.
Prices are:
Snorkel & Mask – $13
Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $25
Two Piece 7mm Wet suit and Hood – $25
We recommend reading our Guide to Snorkeling Options at Santa Cruz Island if interested in snorkeling.

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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 the sole kayak guide and outfitter concessionaire for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage. 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.

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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

This is a seasonal trip offered on select dates, generally 2-3 days per week, between May and September. 2019 dates will be posted in late 2018/early 2019. If you’d like to request a specific date, please email or call our office.

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:

$229 adult, $199 child.
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.

More info on planning a trip to Painted Cave

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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 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

On our guided snorkel tour at Scorpion Anchorage, guests receive expert knowledge while exploring the beautiful kelp forests and along pristine coastlines. There may even be a chance to swim in and out of sea caves, conditions permitting! Guides will offer discussions of marine ecology and natural history of the islands while guests view sea life up close.

Meets on Santa Cruz Island every Saturday & Sunday @ 11:30am OR 2:00pm

Snorkeling Tour Time:

1-1.5 hours

Level of Difficulty:

Beginner through advanced experience levels. Minimum age: 10, children under 12 must be escorted by a parent on the tour.

Includes

Mask, fins, wetsuit, hood, snorkel life vest, guide

Cost

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.
$119 per person + ferry transportation ($59)

Ferry Tickets
Ferry service is aboard modern catamarans operated by Island Packers, the sole transportation concessioner to Channel Islands National Park. You will be given the option to purchase ferry tickets from us during the checkout process after adding your kayak tour.

The morning tour requires a ferry departure of 10am or earlier from Ventura Harbor.
READ YOUR FERRY CONFIRMATION FOR YOUR CHECK IN TIME.

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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.

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Overview

On our guided sea cave kayak & snorkel tour, guests receive expert knowledge while exploring the beautiful kelp forests and along pristine coastlines. There may even be a chance to swim in and out of sea caves, conditions permitting! Guides will offer discussions of marine ecology and natural history of the islands while guests view sea life up close. For this tour, guests must know how to swim and also have basic snorkel & kayaking experience.

This tour is best for

1. Guests who already have previous kayak AND snorkel experience. Guests should be comfortable in the ocean and comfortable swimming with a snorkel.
2. Campers who are already on the island and want a full day of adventure on & in the water

Availability
May 18th – September 9th
Available Fridays, Sundays & Mondays only

Meets on Santa Cruz Island @ 9:30am

Tour Lengths:

1-1.5 hours of kayaking & 45 minutes of snorkeling

Level of Difficulty:

Intermediate through advanced experience levels. Prior snorkel & kayak experience will make for a better tour.

Minimum Age:

Children must be 10 or older to participate in our kayak & snorkel combo tour. Children under 12 must be escorted by an adult that can share a tandem kayak with them. All guests must be comfortable swimming in the ocean.

Includes

Tandem kayaks, mask+snorkel, fins, wetsuit+hood, paddle jackets, all safety equipment, guide

Cost

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.
$199 per person + ferry transportation ($59)*
*We can arrange your ferry ticket in our booking process or you can arrange your ferry ticket directly through Island Packers, see more below.

Ferry Tickets
Ferry service is aboard modern catamarans operated by Island Packers, the sole transportation concessioner to Channel Islands National Park. You will be given the option to purchase ferry tickets from us during the checkout process after adding your kayak tour. If you already have ferry tickets with Island Packers or will be camping on the island you’ll meet your guide on the island at 9:30am at our Adventure Company storefront & gear sheds which is indicated on the Channel Islands National Park NPS map and easy to find once on the island.

Requires 8am ferry departure from Ventura Harbor or prior nights camping on Santa Cruz Island
READ YOUR FERRY CONFIRMATION FOR YOUR CHECK IN TIME.

What if I don’t want a tour but want to rent snorkel equipment?
Snorkel Gear is available for rent at our storefront on the island. None of our other kayak tours include snorkeling nor is their time dedicated to snorkeling.
Prices for snorkel rentals:
Snorkel & Mask – $13
Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $25
Two Piece 7mm Wetsuit and Hood – $25
We recommend reading our Guide to Snorkeling Options at Santa Cruz Island if interested in snorkeling.

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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 the sole kayak guide and outfitter concessionaire for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage. 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

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