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How to Plan a Kayak Trip to Painted Cave

Updated 5/6/19

If you are trying to plan a trip to Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island, please check in with us in January of 2019. That is when we will start posting available dates for the Painted Cave Kayak Tour in California Channel Islands! This amazing sea cave is one of the largest in the world, extending a quarter-mile long with an entrance ceiling of 160 feet. Painted Cave trips depart from Santa Barbara Harbor; guests will stay on the boat all day and kayak/snorkel from the boat. Sit back and take in the beauty of the Santa Barbara Channel while we take care of all of the details. You will receive a continental breakfast on the ride to the island and a hot lunch on the ride back; these meals are included in the price of your island cave tours

Enjoy whale watching, incredible sea cave kayaking and world class snorkeling while you explore the rarely visited north-west area of Santa Cruz Island. Come and see blue whales, bald eagles, mega pods of dolphins and beautiful sea life. All kayak and snorkel gear is provided and your guide will be available to lead you through the sea caves and offer insightful  information about the amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery along the way. This special trip is only available select dates this summer:

Summer 2019 Dates:

June: 6/8, 6/15, 6/16, 6/28, 6/29 & 6/30
7/5, 7/7, 7/10, 7/13, 7/17, 7/26, 7/27, 7/28 & 7/31
8/2, 8/3, 8/4, 8/7, 8/9, 8/10, 8/21 

All trip dates require minimum numbers and are subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. Call our office for the most up to date information and availability.

How to Plan a Kayak Trip to Painted Cave How to Plan a Kayak Trip to Painted Cave

Want to read more about Santa Barbara Adventure Company’s tour of Painted Cave?

Then read about the differences between kayaking Painted Cave and Kayaking the Sea Caves at Scorpion Ranch

Book your Painted Cave Kayaking trip online.



Hi Barbara, no we generally only run June-August 😉 You can visit the islands on our other trips in September!

Anna Jacobson

Painted Cave is a full day trip. Generally you meet at 7:30am at the harbor and return around 5pm. Feel free to give us a call at 805-884-9283 with any other questions.


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