Channel Islands National Park Transportation

  • Getting to the Islands
    Getting to the Islands
    by Jim_Eliason
  • Getting to the Islands
    Getting to the Islands
    by Jim_Eliason
  • Getting to the Islands
    Getting to the Islands
    by Jim_Eliason

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    Getting to the Islands

    by Jim_Eliason Written Jun 26, 2012
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    A couple of companies offer either ferry service to the Island or day tours of the islands by boat. I sued a company Island packers that operate out of Ventura harbor and offer 2 dailly departures to Santa Cruz Island. Other Island services are less frequent. Dolphins and Whales are frequently seen on the way.

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    Island Packers: Whale Watching

    by Basaic Updated Dec 11, 2010

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    Island Packers Boat

    Island Packers also offers boat trips December through March to see Pacific Gray Whales and June through September to see Blue Whales and Humpback Whales. The brochure I have did not give prices. Check the website for current prices.

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    Island Packers

    by Basaic Written Dec 11, 2010

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    Boat to the Islands

    If you don't have your own boat (I don't) you will need to arrange transportation to the islands. One place to do this is through Island Packers. They offer a variety of excursions to the islands throughout the year. Most of the trips are limited in season, so check when the trip you want is available. These trips can fill up quickly, especially on weekends and holidays, so make reservations early so you are not disappointed. My friend Brian and I opted for a tour to East Anacapa Island. This tour includes some moderate hiking including 153 steps. Unfortunately, the boat did not make the trip due to weather. Make sure you call the morning of the trip to check on cancellations. Boats depart from both Ventura and Oxnard. Call for a brochure or check their website to find a tour that is right for you. They also offer kayaking trips. If I remember correctly, for the two of us the trip was going to be about $90.

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    Boat to Anacapa Island

    by jdh3334 Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Worldtrekker on board the boat to Anacapa

    Book passage to Anacapa Island through Island Packers. But first, reserve a campsite through the National Park Service, then reserve your boat ticket. All camping gear must be loaded on the boat 1/2 hour before departure. They'll transport your kayak for a fee (kayak space must also be reserved).

    We left at 8:15 a.m. Although it was due to be a warm day, the temps. were cold on board the ship during the ride to the island. (Bring a jacket).

    They will not transport items weighing more than 45 pounds, kayaks with gear stored inside, carts or wagons, glass containers, more than 2 SCUBA tanks per person.

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    Island Packers

    by annk Updated Oct 25, 2003

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    The park's concessionaire for boat travel. Departures are from Ventura and Oxnard harbors.
    Anacapa - Half and full day trips daily
    Santa Cruz - Full day trips daily
    Other 3 Islands - Infrequent selected dates from April through November.
    The crew is excellent and friendly. They are always on the look-out for wildlife and give narrations on the islands and animal life.

    Some people bring their own kayaks, mountain bikes, snorkeling gear. The water in California is cold and wet suits are recommended.

    Island Packers
    1691 Spinnaker Drive, #105B
    Ventura, CA 93001-4353

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    Island packers takes you to the islands

    by Nexus7 Written Aug 17, 2003
    Mom and me on boat

    There is a comany out of Ventura that takes you to the islands. Their big boats take less than an hour to get to Anacapa and a little more for Santa Cruz, up to like 2.5 hours for San Miguel. It's about $40 round trip to Santa Cruz and $32 for Anacapa.

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