Channel Islands Tours

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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 here.

Availability
The Adventure Tour meets on Santa Cruz Island daily at 10:30am and select days at 9:30am

Tour Time (~4 hours)

~1 hr – Orientation, gearing up, and paddle talk
~2.5-3 hours – Kayaking

Paddling Distance

2.5-3 miles

Level of Difficulty

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

Pricing

Tours often sellout. Please book in advance.

$169 per adult + ferry transportation ($63)*
$158 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation ($50)*

*Ferry tickets must be purchased to get to the island. You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

Ferry Tickets
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. Check-in is one hour prior to departure.

Ferry return times vary daily and will depart anywhere between 3:30pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura 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. Please note that there is no time for snorkeling during the Adventure Tour. However, you are welcome to snorkel before or after your tour if time allows. Please tell your guide at check-in if you are interested in snorkeling.

Snorkel rental pricing:*
• Snorkel & Mask – $16
• Fins only – $16
• Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $32
• Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $32
• Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $60

*Our storefront accepts all major credit cards, but we do NOT accept cash for snorkel rentals.

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“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 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. This overview serves as a general guideline to you help plan your island trip and is subject to change on a day-to-day basis or at the guide’s discretion.

Questions?

Visit our FAQ’s page.

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 1-1.5 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
March-Sept: Most days
Oct: Fri-Sun

Meets on Santa Cruz Island at 9:30am and/or 10:30am as well as 12:30pm and/or 1:30pm (meet times depend on the ferry schedule to Santa Cruz Island – Scorpion Anchorage)

Tour Time (~2.5 hours)

~1 hr – Orientation, gearing up, and paddle talk
~1-1.5 hours – Kayaking

Paddling Distance

1.25 miles

Level of Difficulty

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

Pricing

Tours often sellout. Please book in advance.

$124 per adult + ferry transportation ($63)*
$109 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation ($50)*

*Ferry tickets must be purchased to get to the island. You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

Ferry Tickets
The 9:30am tour requires an 8:00am ferry departure (7am check-in time). The 12:30pm tour requires a 10:00am ferry departure or earlier (check-in is one hour prior to ferry departure). Ferry options typically will be 8:00am, 9:00am or 10:00am. The 1:30pm tour requires a 4:30pm or later return from the island.

Ferry return times vary daily and will depart anywhere between 3:30pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura 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. Please note that there is no time for snorkeling during the Discovery Tour. However, you are welcome to snorkel before or after your tour if time allows. Please tell your guide at check-in if you are interested in snorkeling.

Snorkel rental pricing:*
• Snorkel & Mask – $16
• Fins only – $16
• Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $32
• Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $32
• Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $60

*Our storefront accepts all major credit cards, but we do NOT accept cash for snorkel rentals.

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“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 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. This overview serves as a general guideline to you help plan your island trip and is subject to change on a day-to-day basis or at the guide’s discretion.

Questions?

Visit our FAQ’s page.

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, the 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 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. Campers on their 2nd day at the island, so they can enjoy a first full day exploring the island on land

Availability
This tour is offered on select days from June through October.
Meets on Santa Cruz Island at 9:30am.

Tour Time (~5 hours)

~1 hr – Orientation, gearing up, and paddle talk
~3-4 hours – Kayaking

Paddling Distance

4-5 miles

Level of Difficulty

Intermediate – Advanced

Pricing

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.

$232 per person + ferry transportation (adults $63 / children 12 and under $50)*

*Ferry tickets must be purchased to get to the island. You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

Ferry Tickets
This tour requires a ferry departure of 8am (check-in at 7am) or prior nights camping on Santa Cruz Island.

Ferry return times vary daily, departing at 4:30pm or 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura between 6:00pm 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. Please note there is no time for those snorkeling if you are on the Ultimate Tour unless you are camping.

Snorkel rental pricing:*
• Snorkel & Mask – $16
• Fins only – $16
• Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $32
• Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $32
• Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $60

*Our storefront accepts all major credit cards, but we do NOT accept cash for snorkel rentals.

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More Details

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. This overview serves as a general guideline to you help plan your island trip and is subject to change on a day-to-day basis or at the guide’s discretion.

Questions?

Visit our FAQ’s page.

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

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Book Your Kayaking Adventure Today
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Overview

On our guided snorkel tour at Scorpion Anchorage, guests will receive expert knowledge while exploring beautiful kelp forests 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 the natural history of the islands while guests view sea life up close.

Availability
Our Snorkel Tours run every Sunday starting at 11am and 1:30pm from July 1st through September 30th.

Snorkel Tour Time (~3 hours)

~1 hr – Orientation, gearing up, and paddle talk
~1-1.5 hr – Snorkeling
~30 min – Gearing down

Level of Difficulty

Intermediate through advanced experience levels recommended. Minimum age 10; children 12 and under must be escorted by an adult guardian on the tour. All guests MUST know how to swim. Prior snorkeling experience is REQUIRED.

Includes

• Snorkel & Mask*
• Fins
• 3-piece, 7mm Wetsuit
• Snorkel flotation device
• Knowledgeable guide(s) on exploring sea caves as well as the local natural history and marine ecology
*We do not have prescription goggles. If you have contact lenses, you should wear them.
*We provide wetsuits and snorkel masks; however, if you would like to bring your own, you are more than welcome to do so.

Pricing

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.

$131 per person + ferry transportation (adults $63 / children 12 and under $50)*

*Ferry tickets must be purchased to get to the island. You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

Ferry Tickets
The morning tour requires a 9:30am or earlier ferry departure (check-in 1hr prior to departure).
The afternoon tour requires a 4:30pm or later return from the island.

Ferry return times vary daily and will depart anywhere between 4:00pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura between 5:00pm 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.

Snorkel rental pricing:*
• Snorkel & Mask – $16
• Fins only – $16
• Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $32
• Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $32
• Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $60

*Our storefront accepts all major credit cards, but we do NOT accept cash for snorkel rentals.

More Details

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. This overview serves as a general guideline to you help plan your island trip and is subject to change on a day-to-day basis or at the guide’s discretion.

Questions?

Visit our FAQ’s page.

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

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Book Your Kayaking Adventure Today
More Info

Overview

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

This tour is best for

1. Guests who already have previous kayaking and snorkeling 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
Our Snorkel & Kayak Tours run every Monday and Friday at 9:30am from July 1st through September 30th.

Snorkel & Kayak Tour Time (~5 hours)

~1 hr 45 min – Orientation, gearing up, and paddle talk
~1-1.5 hr – Kayaking
~15 min – Lunch
~45 min – Snorkeling
~30 min – Gearing down

Level of Difficulty

Intermediate through advanced experience levels recommended. Minimum age 10; children 12 and under must be escorted by an adult guardian on the tour. All guests MUST know how to swim. Prior snorkeling experience is REQUIRED.

Includes

• Snorkel & Mask*
• Fins
• 3-piece, 7mm Wetsuit
• Snorkel flotation device
• Tandem kayak
• Knowledgeable guide(s) on exploring sea caves as well as the local natural history and marine ecology
*We do not have prescription goggles. If you have contact lenses, you should wear them.
*We provide wetsuits and snorkel masks; however, if you would like to bring your own, you are more than welcome to do so.

Pricing

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.

$232 per person + ferry transportation (adults $63 / children 12 and under $50)*

*Ferry tickets must be purchased to get to the island. You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

Ferry Tickets
This tour requires an 8am ferry departure (7am check-in) or prior nights camping on Santa Cruz Island.

Ferry return times vary daily and will depart anywhere between 4:00pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura between 5:00pm 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.

Snorkel rental pricing:*
• Snorkel & Mask – $16
• Fins only – $16
• Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $32
• Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $32
• Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $60

*Our storefront accepts all major credit cards, but we do NOT accept cash for snorkel rentals.

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More Details

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. This overview serves as a general guideline to you help plan your island trip and is subject to change on a day-to-day basis or at the guide’s discretion.

Questions?

Visit our FAQ’s page.

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

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