The Adventure Blog

Read about our adventures as we explore California's coast and 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? Since 2019, we have stopped providing regular tours to Painted Cave due to transportation logistics, increased costs and traveler interest. Island Packers does offer a boat tour to this section of the island, however there are no kayaking or snorkeling options on this tour. If you are considering kayaking…

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Snorkeling in California at 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 adventurous swimmers and snorkelers to explore. Given the isolation of the Channel Islands (20+ miles off the coast of California), we highly encourage all snorkelers to have prior snorkeling experience and be…

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Risk and Responsibility

We encourage all guests to watch this brief safety orientation video in advance of the trip. Your guide will also give you a more in depth briefing and instruction on the day of your trip, before you hit the water. Below you will also find some answers to common questions about safety and risk. [youtube…

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10 Tips to Minimize Your Impact at Santa Cruz Island

All of our staff are passionate about protecting and preserving the pristine and unique environment at the Channel Islands National Park and we hope that you will help us during your trip. Your guides will give you plenty of tips on the ground on how to minimize your impact buts its always a good idea…

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Our New Website Is Live

After months of organization and hard work, we are proud to launch the new Channel Islands Adventure Company website! The new website has lots of the features our clients have been asking for. Here is what you can expect! Easy Online Booking Book your kayak tour or snorkel rental when it is convenient for you…

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