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

Explore Prisoners Harbor, on Santa Cruz Island’s north coast. We’ll spend 2-2.5 hours exploring the pristine waters, kelp forests, beautiful coastlines and rich history. This area of the island is the border of Channel Islands National Park and the Nature Conservancy.

Meets on Santa Cruz Island daily between 10:30am – 11:00am
and select days between 9:30am – 10:00am

Paddling Time and Distance:

2-3 miles, 2-2.5 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.
$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.

The 10:30am tour requires a ferry departure of 9am or earlier from Ventura Harbor. READ YOUR FERRY CONFIRMATION FOR YOUR CHECK IN TIME.

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“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 the authorized concessionaire holder at Santa Cruz Island and the number one choice for Channel Islands National Park outfitting and tours.

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

Limited time Channel Islands Sea Cave Kayak tour will explore the sea caves near Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island. No other area of the park offers as many sea cave kayaking opportunities. Our guided paddle will explore the pristine coastline, kelp forests, and sea caves as permissible based on weather conditions.

Paddling Time and Distance:

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

Level of Difficulty:

Beginner through advanced levels. This tour requires guests to be able to climb up and down an 8-foot ladder. Guests under 12 years old must ride in a double kayak with an adult. Children under age 5 not permitted.

Cost

Limited Time – April 11 and April 18, 2020
$299 per adult
$289 per child 12 and under
Group rates for 8+ people is $289 per adult/youth

Charter Boat Information
Transportation to kayaking destination will be on the Vanguard, a single hull boat, operated by Channel Islands National Park ferry concessionaire, Island Packers.
Island Packers

Meeting Point
Island Packers, 3550 Harbor Boulevard, Oxnard, CA 93035. Phone: 805-642-1393
The Charter Boat will depart at 8am with a 7am check-in.
Breakfast snacks provided*

Return times vary but should be between 4:30 to 5pm.

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“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 and native wildlife. 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 the Vanguard will not be landing on the island. Food is not included in your trip. There is a nearby Ralphs that opens at 6am to purchase food the morning of as it is an 8-9 hour day on the boat. Island Packers Ferry has some snacks and drinks on board to supplement any food that you may bring. They are CASH only.

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

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

Kayak at Scorpion Anchorage and explore Channel Islands National Park. We’ll spend 2.5-3 hours 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.

*This location will reopen after the completion of the pier at Scorpion Anchorage. The anticipated opening will be July 2020.

The Adventure tour meets on Santa Cruz Island daily @ 10:30am and select days @ 9:30am
(Please note, entire tour time is closer to 4 hours with our safety talk, kayak instruction, and gear-up time.)

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

Tours often sellout. Please book in advance.
Adventure Sea Cave Kayak tour:
$153 per adult + ferry transportation ($62)*
$143 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation ($54)*
*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 10:30am tour requires a ferry departure of 9am or earlier from Ventura Harbor. The 9:30am tour requires a ferry departure of 8am. READ YOUR FERRY CONFIRMATION FOR YOUR CHECK IN TIME.

Ferry return times vary depending on the time of year and day of the week. Your ferry will depart from Scorpion Anchorage anywhere between 3:30pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura Harbor between 4:30pm and 7:00pm). If you would like to know your exact ferry return time for a specific date, please call or email us.

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

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

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
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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. In 1.5 hours of paddling time you will experience sea caves, kelp forests and pristine coastlines. This tour is great for first timers to the island who want to be able to experience numerous activities in a day. Channel Islands National Park offers hiking, snorkeling, birding, endemic species, a rich history and more.

Availability
*This location will reopen after the completion of the pier at Scorpion Anchorage. The anticipated opening will be July 2020.
July-August – Saturdays and Sundays
Sept-Oct – Click “Book Now” and select a date to see availability
Nov-Feb – Not Available

Meets on Santa Cruz Island daily @ 9:30am and/or 10:30am as well as 12:30pm and/or 1:30pm (depending on the ferry schedule to Santa Cruz Island – Scorpion Anchorage–selecting the date on the calendar when booking will show you tour availability.). The entire tour time for our Discovery Sea Cave Kayak tour is closer to 2.5-3 hours with our safety talk, kayak instruction, and gear-up time.

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 sell out. Please book in advance.
$112 per adult + ferry transportation ($62)*
$99 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation ($54)*
*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 9:30am tour requires a ferry departure of 8am from Ventura Harbor.
The 12:30pm tour requires a ferry departure of 10am or earlier from Ventura Harbor.

READ YOUR FERRY CONFIRMATION FOR YOUR CHECK IN TIME.
The 1:30pm tour required a ferry return time of 4:30pm or later from Santa Cruz Island.

Ferry return times vary. Your ferry will depart from Scorpion Anchorage at 4:00pm, 4:30pm or 5:00pm.

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

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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, our Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak tour is for the true ocean adventurer. We’ll explore incredible sea caves and kelp forests along our route to the famous Potato Harbor, a more remote area of the park that allows for a truly breathtaking and memorable experience with its aqua-colored cove and pristine shoreline. Bring your lunch and snorkel gear.

This tour is best for

1. Intermediate-Advanced kayakers who are looking for a longer day on the water, 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

Availability
July – Saturdays and Sundays when Island Packers is running an 8AM ferry
Aug-Oct – Available most days when Island Packers is running an 8AM ferry
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:

Intermediate – Advanced.

Cost

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.
$210 per adult + ferry transportation ($62)*
$210 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation ($54)*
*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 an 8am ferry departure from Ventura Harbor or prior nights camping on Santa Cruz Island. READ YOUR FERRY CONFIRMATION FOR YOUR CHECK IN TIME.

Ferry return times vary depending on the time of year and day of the week. Your ferry will depart from Scorpion Anchorage anywhere between 4:30pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura Harbor between 5:30pm and 7:00pm). If you would like to know your exact ferry return time for a specific date, please call or email us.

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

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! Guides will offer discussions of marine ecology and natural history of the islands while guests view sea life up close.

Meets July-Aug every Sunday @ 11:30 or 2:00pm on Santa Cruz Island
Meets Sept every Friday, Sunday, and Monday @ 11:30 or 2:00pm on Santa Cruz Island

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
We do not offer prescription snorkel lenses.

Cost

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.
$119 per person + ferry transportation ($62)

Ferry Tickets
Ferry service is aboard 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.

Ferry return times vary depending on the time of year and day of the week. Your ferry will depart from Scorpion Anchorage anywhere between 3:30pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura Harbor between 4:30pm and 7:00pm).

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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 kayak and snorkel tour, guests receive expert knowledge while exploring the beautiful kelp forests and sea caves along pristine coastlines. Guides will offer discussions of marine ecology and natural history of the island while guests view sea life up close.

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
July – September
Available Saturdays and Sundays

Meets on Santa Cruz Island @ 9:30am

Tour Length:

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 and snorkel, fins, wetsuit+hood, paddle jackets, all safety equipment, guide.
We do not offer prescription snorkel lenses.

Cost

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.
$199 per person + ferry transportation ($62)*

*You will be given the option to purchase ferry tickets from us during the checkout process after adding your kayak tour

Ferry Tickets
Ferry service is aboard 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.

Ferry return times vary depending on the time of year and day of the week. Your ferry will depart from Scorpion Anchorage anywhere between 3:30pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura Harbor between 4:30pm and 7:00pm). If you would like to know your exact ferry return time for a specific date, please call or email us.

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 there time dedicated to snorkeling.
Prices for snorkel rentals:
Snorkel & Mask – $13
Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $25
Two Piece 7mm Wetsuit and Hood – $25

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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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