FAQ Category: Channel Islands Tours

Is there a weight limit for kayaking?

Yes, there is a weight limit to ensure the safety and performance of our kayaks. The maximum weight for kayaking is 450lbs. Guests weighing between 230-450lbs will be provided a single kayak. When making a reservation, please inform us if anyone in your party exceeds 230 pounds. You can find additional details on ocean kayaking…

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What’s the difference between your Discovery and Adventure sea cave kayak tours?

The Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour is our most popular trip. This tour is nearly a full-day adventure. After getting to the island via ferry the kayak tour usually begins at either 9:30am or 10:30am and lasts a total of about 4 hours including gearing up, orientation, and kayaking. After the tour is done there is limited…

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Is food available at the Channel Islands National Park?

Channel Islands National Park does not permit any food service on the islands, so please bring your own lunch and snacks (please do not bring glass). There is nowhere to purchase food once you are on the island. See our list of recommended Channel Islands National Park food options here.

Do you offer discounts on ferry tickets?

We do not offer discounts on ferry tickets. Ferry tickets for seniors (passengers 55+) or members of the military can be booked directly with Island Packers.

Can we purchase ferry tickets without going on a tour?

Due to our contract with the National Park Service, we are unable to sell ferry tickets to passengers who are not taking a kayak and/or snorkel tour with us. If some members of your party do not plan on joining us for a tour, they must book their ferry tickets directly with Island Packers.

What time does the ferry return?

Return times from the island vary by day. Generally, the ferry departs from the island at 3:30pm in the fall/winter and at 4pm or 4:30pm in the spring/summer. The ferry arrives back in Ventura approximately 1-1.5 hours after leaving the island. Our guides can let you know your exact ferry return time during check-in on…

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What if I already purchased ferry tickets from Island Packers?

Ferry tickets can be purchased on our site (availability permitting) along with your tour. If you have already purchased ferry tickets to Scorpion Cove through Island Packers, you can skip the option to purchase ferry tickets during checkout. Please let us know your departure and return times in the comments section of the checkout page.

Are ferry tickets required for Channel Islands tours?

Yes, ferry tickets are required for all of our Channel Islands tours. You will have the option to add them during checkout or you can purchase them directly through the ferry company Island Packers.

Where/when do campers meet for kayak tours on the island?

When it comes to meet-up time on the day of your tour, you will meet us on the island (rather than prior to ferry departure as you would for a day trip). Our Adventure Corral is about a 5-10 minute walk from the pier where the ferry drops you off, back towards the campground. You…

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