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Santa Cruz Island

Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Feels like another world, some tips

It's amazing to see so much wild life so close to LA. We saw whales, dolphins, foxes, sea lions... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pleasanton, California

Well, almost. If you want to see what CA looked like before it turned into palm trees and freeways... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2017
Robert B
Port Hueneme, California
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Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

2  Thank heckfy
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
Reviewed 10 November 2017

We went from Ventura Harbor, on the 8:00AM boat. Incredible one hour trip! At one point, we were surrounded by about 1000 dolphins! The captain slowed, so all could witness this amazing sight. Upon stepping onto the Island, an orientation is given, then you are...More

4  Thank Susan R
Reviewed 30 October 2017

This was one of several spots on a 2 week trip to the southwest. This was a great location with great views and peaceful tranquility. FYI, there are not bathrooms on the island, just outhouses. Make sure to take plenty of food if you are...More

1  Thank Ryan S
Reviewed 26 October 2017

We went to the island for a day, landing at Prisoners Harbor, where fewer people--at least on our boat--were headed. It was a glorious day, with sun and no wind. We hiked to the top of the island where we got views of both sides....More

3  Thank Judith D
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We had a very nice hike around certain areas of the island. We were able to observe outstanding view of the coastline from the above hiking paths. The water was very clear where you can view several feet down into the ocean. We hiked along...More

2  Thank kansas_traveler38815
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We took the Island Packers boat ride from Ventura harbor to Santa Cruz island. Just a day trip. We took a naturalist guided hike. You can camp overnight, kayak, snorkel. However need to bring your own water and food in and take your garbage out...More

2  Thank ellie2newjersey
Reviewed 10 October 2017

We were on a road-trip to see five of California's National Parks. So, we headed to Channel Islands National Park. Neat experience. First, visit the Visitor Center in Ventura. It's a must! Good video and better than average displays. It really set the tone for...More

4  Thank MikeB1952
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Serious hikers would rate this somewhat higher than I would. Visiting Santa Cruz in the fall means you see mostly hillsides covered in brown grass as you hike up the hills to view out over the ocean. We did not try the kayak's but it...More

3  Thank James H
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We came here for the afternoon. Time is a bit tight from the Island Packers cruise to Scorpion Anchorage, so be ready to get out and go. We took the guided hike on the Cavern Point Loop with the conservationist which was really interesting. The...More

2  Thank Philip B
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Brianna K
6 December 2017|
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!