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Santa Cruz Island

Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Planning Makes Perfect!

The main visitor center for the Channel Islands is located in Ventura harbor. On our way to the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Beautiful views and delicious ocean water

It's funny, I guess when you live in Los Angeles like I do, you think of Catalina Island, but when... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Los Angeles, CA
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Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The main visitor center for the Channel Islands is located in Ventura harbor. On our way to the visitor center, we passed Island Packers, where we would catch our ferry to the islands the next morning. We stopped at the visitor center, took photos in...More

1  Thank ScarletAndGrey
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's funny, I guess when you live in Los Angeles like I do, you think of Catalina Island, but when you live in Oxnard or Ventura, you think of the Channel Islands. The Channel Islands just weren't on my radar, but that was a loss...More

2  Thank thomasdosborneii
Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't even know this place existed - so glad someone recommended it to us. Feels like you're outside of the US but luckily this is one of our country's protected national parks!

Thank mgerber18
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Santa Cruz Islands has hiking trails of many levels and lengths, although one should be in fairly good condition to get the most out of it. You have to bring your own water and food and take all of your trash off of the...More

Thank ciaran11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great hiking and time to be unplugged. We saw blue, fin and humpback whales on our channel crossings-was a wonderful trip!

Thank jnewell2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went sea kayaking on our own and if you have even a basic level of competence in the water and on a kayak or canoe, you don't need a tour company. It was very easy to find all the caves - you just have...More

Thank CCLS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved this island. we did the kayaking tour with SB adventures and loved it. The sea caves were so cool. The hikes and the views from the top are stunning. Would highly recommend this island. You take out what you bring in, so you have...More

Thank rgarg_23
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I planned a family trip to Santa Cruz Island. It was a great trip. My parents are in their 60s and are not that mobile. But, we survived and had a great time. We took a morning ferry around 9:30 am and afternoon ferry (3:30...More

Thank nettie2006
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the Island Packers boat out to the Island (booked online a week ahead), and saw a pod of dolphins swimming with us along the way. The boat trip was pretty smooth, although I preferred to stand out in the fresh air to minimize...More

Thank Alma M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Checked off another national park on this latest trip and found that this is one I would visit again and again. Beautiful, remote, and perfect for an afternoon of hiking or kayaking. I arrived via Island Packers' boat and stayed until the last boat left....More

Thank Naturespeak
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Kerstin R
19 April 2017|
Response from Tanner78 | Reviewed this property |
I personally did not snorkel. I did do lots of SUP paddling. Sorry if I gave the wrong impression. However I've seen people snorkel and swim in the immediate Scorpion Anchorage area and having fun. The water temps were... More