The Adventure Blog

Read about our adventures as we explore California's coast and Channel Islands National Park!

Visiting the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Often referred to as the Galapagos of North America, the Channel Islands are rich in wildlife and cultural resources, and are thus worthy of protection. Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS), which is a federal entity through the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Ocean Service protects 1,470 square miles of ocean waters around…

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Advice from an Island Scrub Jay

While visiting Santa Cruz Island, you may have the unique opportunity to meet an island scrub jay, one of the Channel Island’s many endemic species. Island scrub jays are unique in that they are bluer and bigger than their mainland counterpart. What really goes on inside an island scrub jay’s head? They may think: “Why…

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Blue Parks Award

Recently the Marine Protected Areas around the Northern Channel Islands have received the Blue Parks Award.

Park*D Feature in Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands Adventure Company had a special guest, Abby Hornacek, last fall. The exclusive show, Park*d on Fox Nation, features Abby exploring some of America’s most beautiful national treasures. Abby joined Channel Islands Adventure Company for a hike to Cavern Point with breath taking views and an adventurous sea cave kayaking through Elephants Belly Cave.…

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Visual Guide to Santa Cruz Island

Curious about where to go and what to do on Santa Cruz Island? We’ve put together an easy guide to help plan your trip to Channel Islands National Park.

Planning a Trip to Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz Island

Headed out to Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park?  Check out Prisoners Harbor! Prisoner’s Harbor is more secluded in comparison to Scorpion Anchorage offering a completely different experience for Channel Islands National Park guests. Prisoners Harbor is located midway along the North shore of Santa Cruz Island. It is on the border…

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Guide to Camping in Channel Islands National Park on Santa Cruz Island

So you want to camp at the Channel Islands? Here’s how! 1) Start by booking your campsite reservation with the National Park Service. You will want to stay at Santa Cruz Scorpion, part of Channel Islands National Park. The campground has an Upper Loop and Lower Loop. All the group sites are in the Upper Loop and…

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Painted Cave Kayak

How to Plan a Kayak Trip to Painted Cave

Interested in visiting to Painted Cave? Updated 10/29/2018 If you are trying to plan a trip to Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island, please check in with us in February of 2019. That is when we will start posting available dates for the Painted Cave Kayak Tour in California Channel Islands! This amazing sea cave is…

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Snorkeling in California at the Channel Islands National Park

How does snorkeling at Santa Cruz Island work? Interested in snorkeling in California? The kelp forests at Santa Cruz are absolutely breathtaking for the adventurous swimmer and snorkeler to explore. Given the isolation of the Channel Islands (20+ miles off the coast of California), we encourage all snorkelers to have prior snorkeling experience and be…

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What is the difference between Scorpion Ranch and Painted Cave Kayaking?

During the summer we offer a lot of trips, but our two most popular trips to Channel Islands National Park are Sea Cave Kayaking at Scorpion Ranch and the Painted Cave Kayak excursion. Both are incredible trips and I would highly recommend them to anyone considering a trip to the islands. Both trips explore areas of Santa Cruz Island.…

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