Channel Islands Kayaking Tours | Explore the National Park | Santa Barbara Adventure Co.

Channel Islands Kayaking

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



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. You will spend 2-2.5 hours exploring the pristine waters, kelp forests, beautiful coastlines and rich history around Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz Island.

Meets on Santa Cruz Island daily @ 10:30am and select days @ 9:30am

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.


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.


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.

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