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Santa Cruz Island

Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Highly unusual place, unique animals, beautiful scenery

Go here if you get the chance. No place to stay over, camping or day trip only. Island Packers... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ANonyMouse45
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Long Beach, California
Went sea kayaking and hiking here.

I went sea kayaking and hiking here after book a full-day outing with Channel Island Adventures... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Howard S
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Albany, New York
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  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
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“potato harbor”(40 reviews)
“cavern point”(35 reviews)
“santa cruz”(39 reviews)
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Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.
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Channel Islands National Park, CA
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+1 805-658-5730
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"potato harbor"
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"cavern point"
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"santa cruz"
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"day trip"
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"smugglers cove"
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"boat ride"
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"sea caves"
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"nature conservancy"
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"guided hike"
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"national park"
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"scorpion bay"
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"coming back"
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"marine life"
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"pit toilets"
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"bring your own"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Go here if you get the chance. No place to stay over, camping or day trip only. Island Packers books the boat trips over, taking an hour to cross. Seas can get rough so take 2 Dramamine if you get queasy at sea. On-board snack...More

1  Thank ANonyMouse45
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went sea kayaking and hiking here after book a full-day outing with Channel Island Adventures. On the ferry ride out and back, you can see sea-life such as sea lions and dolphins, and the boat slows down so that you can get a better...More

Thank Howard S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Book your trip in advance with Island Packers. Pack a yummy lunch and take plenty of water. Be prepared for a beautiful day filled with photo opportunities. If your lucky, I'll see Island foxes.

1  Thank KPinDE
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

The kids (13 & 16 years old) and I took the boat to Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz with Island Packers leaving Ventura Harbor at 10AM and returned on the 3:30 boat. I was worried this wouldn't be enough time on the island, but it...More

Thank claytravisamy
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

The island is unique with a lot of endemic species like the island fox. It was great to cut off from the day-to-day hustle and unwind on this beautiful island which has a lot to offer in terms of sea activities as well as trails...More

1  Thank Dhwani P
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We visited Santa Cruz Island and Channel Islands National Park for a day trip from Ventura Harbor on a boat from Island Packers. We left Ventura at 9:00am and returned from Santa Cruz Island at 4:00pm. We pre-purchased our tickets online for about $60 round-trip....More

3  Thank Susie1028
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Reviewed 15 February 2018

The Channel Islands are beautiful and we love hiking and exploring. Santa Cruz was very interesting in terms of the history of the Island and the glorious vistas along the Cliffside trails. The trails were easy to navigate and many offer some amazing vistas. A...More

8  Thank JeffnJulie
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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

This was an unexpected highlight to our long weekend in Santa Barbara! It felt like you were in another world- so far removed from civilization. The views were breathtaking, the hikes fantastic and the quiet, amazing. I would recommend this island to anyone- especially when...More

2  Thank 821sanderson
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

It's amazing to see so much wild life so close to LA. We saw whales, dolphins, foxes, sea lions, fish. The scenery is breathtaking looks great on photos. Actually, I would't say the island look prehistoric. Actually, there are sings of humans everywhere - clearly...More

11  Thank heckfy
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Reviewed 18 November 2017

Well, almost. If you want to see what CA looked like before it turned into palm trees and freeways, this is a good place. Super trails, awesome vistas, and quiet spaces; lots of them!

Thank Robert B
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Mj A
12 February 2018|
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Response from dmbakerphd | Reviewed this property |
I took the Island Packers boat out to both Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands. They do a fantastic job. On the way out and back they stop for dolphins and whales and other wildlife. On our way out to Santa Rosa Island, our... More
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Brianna K
6 December 2017|
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Response from TravelBug128 | Reviewed this property |
Yes we took Island Packers to Scorpion. We'd never seen so many dolphins before. There must have been hundreds of them and they were so playful, swimming along side and in the wakes of the boat. So fun!
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