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

Paddling Time and Distance

2.5-3 miles, 2.5-3 hours of island kayaking
(Please note, entire tour time is closer to 4 hours with our safety talk, kayak instruction, and gear-up time.)

Level of Difficulty

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

Pricing

Tours often sellout. Please book in advance.
Adventure Sea Cave Kayak tour:

$161 per adult + ferry transportation ($63)*
$150 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 or will be camping on the island 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. 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 – $14
Fins only – $14
Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $28
Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $28
Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $50
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

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.

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
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)

Paddling Time and Distance

1.25-1.5 miles, 1-1.5 hours of island kayaking
(Please note, entire tour time is closer to 2.5 hours with our safety talk, kayak instruction, and gear-up time.)

Level of Difficulty:

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

Pricing

Tours often sellout. Please book in advance.
Discovery Sea Cave Kayak tour:

$118 per adult + ferry transportation ($63)*
$104 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 or will be camping on the island 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. 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 – $14
Fins only – $14
Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $28
Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $28
Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $50
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

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.

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.

Paddling Time and Distance

3-5 miles, 4 hours of actual paddling
(Please note, entire tour time is closer to 5.25 hours with our safety talk, kayak instruction, and gear-up time.)

Level of Difficulty:

Intermediate – Advanced

Cost

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.

$221 per adult + ferry transportation ($63)*
$211 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 or will be camping on the island 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. With the Ultimate tour there is very little time for snorkeling unless you are camping.
Prices are:
Snorkel & Mask – $14
Fins only – $14
Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $28
Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $28
Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $50
We recommend reading our Guide to Snorkeling Options at Santa Cruz Island if interested in snorkeling.

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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.

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

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Book Your Kayaking Adventure Today

Available Summer 2021

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
Meets July-Aug on Saturdays & Sundays at 11:30 or 2:00pm on Santa Cruz Island.
Meets Sept every Friday, Saturday, 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.)

Pricing

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.

$125 per person + ferry transportation ($63)*

*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 or will be camping on the island you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

Ferry Tickets
The morning tour requires a 10:00am 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 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 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 – $14
Fins only – $14
Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $28
Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $28
Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $50

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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.

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

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Book Your Kayaking Adventure Today

Available Summer 2021

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
Meets on select days from July through the first week of September.
Meets on Santa Cruz Island at 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.)

Pricing

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.

$209 per person + ferry transportation ($63)*

*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 or will be camping on the island 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 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 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 – $14
Fins only – $14
Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $28
Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $28
Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $50

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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.

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

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