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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

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Off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-893-6431
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A Good Place for Information

We stopped by this facility to visit and obtain literature on the Channel Islands. The staff was... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
kansas_traveler38815
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Shawnee, Kansas
Wildlife Mecca

We traveled through the marine sanctuary on the way to the Channel Islands National Park. On the... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2017
Kiamom
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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The waters that swirl around the five islands within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary combine warm and cool currents to create an exceptional breeding ground for many species of plants and animals. Forests of giant kelp are home to numerous populations of fish and invertebrates. Every year over 27 species of whales and dolphins visit or inhabit the sanctuary, including the rare blue, humpback and sei whales. On the islands (which are part of the Channel Islands National Park), seabird colonies and pinniped rookeries flourish while overhead brown pelicans and Western gulls search the water for food. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is located 25 miles (22 nautical miles) off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. Visitors to the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary can enjoy recreational opportunities such as tidepooling, diving, snorkeling and kayaking.
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Off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, Channel Islands National Park, CA
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

We stopped by this facility to visit and obtain literature on the Channel Islands. The staff was excellent at providing helpful information about the Channel Islands and how to get to the islands.

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Reviewed 24 August 2017

We traveled through the marine sanctuary on the way to the Channel Islands National Park. On the trip we observed several pods of dolphins swimming along side the boat. We also saw a Blue Whale! There were a variety of sea birds along the way...More

Thank Kiamom
Reviewed 27 July 2016

The Channel Islands are hard to get to,nothing is there, and they are the most closely guarded secret of the National Park system. See California as it was YEARS ago.

2  Thank J_and_W2013
Reviewed 16 May 2016

We passed through, both on the way, and when returning from Santa Cruz island. We had the opportunity to see amazing activity along the way. Along with many, many dolphins, we saw all kinds of sea birds. At one point we saw a feeding frenzy...More

2  Thank iamquestar
Reviewed 1 December 2015

The ferry ride out featured whole schools of dolphins following us, and we passed several rafts of sea lions, floating together with their flippers linked. On the island, we came to the top of sheer cliffs and when we peeked over, on our hands and...More

2  Thank CHEB15
Reviewed 28 August 2015 via mobile

The visitor center is informational and educational with good interpretive and interactive displays. Really good for kids and adults, and the video is very good.

3  Thank LSUTraveller
Reviewed 11 March 2015

We took the island Packers shuttle to Santa Cruze Island where we hiked to Potato Harbor via Cavern point. We had plenty of time to do this hike and could have taken more time to stop and experience the scenery. The scenery was breathtaking! Even...More

3  Thank missmartha
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Taking a boat out to The Channel Island is a must do for all nature lovers. From sea birds, sea lions, seals, dolphins, whales and other marine life to the rare Island foxes This is a must stop when you are in the area.

2  Thank vail38
Reviewed 21 September 2013

A Must-Do for anyone in the LA to San Fran corridor. I began at the Ventura Visitors center, watched the amazing video and then drove to Oxnard Marina and got a boat trip "on standby" The TA choices to review this marvel are frustrating as...More

2  Thank Bchgrl9
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