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Address: Channel Islands, Channel Islands National Park, CA
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(805) 658-5730

One of the five islands in the Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa is...

One of the five islands in the Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa is located an hour from Oxnard.

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Great Day Trip!

I plan to see all the US National Parks at some point, and while in LA I took a day trip to Anacapa, Channel Islands. Suggest you do research on all 5 islands and the ferry... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 November 2016
Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I plan to see all the US National Parks at some point, and while in LA I took a day trip to Anacapa, Channel Islands. Suggest you do research on all 5 islands and the ferry schedule/options before you go. The park service encourages day-trippers to choose Anacapa, and was perfect timing for me. I enjoyed the day very much,... More 

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Cary, NC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

To like Channel Islands National Park, you need to like water. The beauty and the activities are best enjoyed from a kayak or a boat. If you like hiking or other land activities, this is not the park for you. We visited Anapaca island and there really isn't much there. It's a small island that is basically a large, flat... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

came here for my birthday so we can check off this park and found the entire planning tedious and the hike itself unappealing. first of is transportation. there is only one boating company that brings people to the islands so schedules are limited. on my selected day of hike, i either had stay overnight on the island because pick up... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Our visit to Anacapa was a day well spent. The ride over and back with Island Packers was enjoyable; we were fortunate to have calm waters and not too strong of a breeze. Three varieties of dolphin and an ocean sun fish were spotted during the voyages; the captain kindly slowed down for a good look and the naturalist on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Our day started at Island Packers in Oxnard. The boat trip out and back was smooth and fast. Saw a group of dolphins and one whale of in the distance. The cliffs and vistas are great, but the island looks bad due to the drought. The birds were gone when we were there. I did get some great photos. The... More 

Thank Mark D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

My husband surprised me with this trip for my birthday and it was fantastic! The boat ride to Anacapa alone was spectacular. We had recently moved from Maui and really missed being near the ocean. Having lived in Maui for 5 years we got used to going out to seeing the humpback whales every winter. Because of this I didn't... More 

1 Thank Lady_Glady
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

The best way to do this island is through Santa Barbara Adventure Company. The ferry ride out is part of the experience. We saw swordfish, dolphins and sea lions on the way. The ferry goes by the famous arch. Once dropped off, we prepped for sea kyacking and were immediately rewarded with views, kyacking under the arch, and really cool... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

My husband and I have lived in Ventura for about year and wanted to take a trip to the Islands, Anacapa is the closest. We looked into it online and there are beautiful photos everywhere of a lush green peaceful island with great hiking. We took the boat out on Island Packers, which was a nice ride and they do... More 

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Satellite Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We took the early cruise out to Anacapa. The fog was pretty heavy on the way out but lifted for better views closer to noon. The views of the arch and Inspiration Point are beautiful. These are the iconic Channel Islands views you see on the merchandise so it's neat to see them in person. You really don't need more... More 

Thank KLnavig8r
Del Mar, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

You get to the island via Island Packers in Ventura or Oxnard. Between March and July you will see the entire breeding cycle of the Western Gulls from making their nest, breeding, laying eggs, and watching them hatch and grow until they fledge in July. In several coves you will also see hundreds of California sea lions from different viewpoints... More 

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