Discovery Sea Cave Kayak

Our Discovery Sea Cave Kayak Tour is a shortened version of our Adventure Sea Cave Kayaking Tour, with 1.5 hours of paddling instead of 3 hours. Channel Islands National Park offers a diverse array of recreational activities from birding to hiking to snorkeling to exploring the history of the island. Our Discovery Sea Cave Kayak Tour is great for first timers to the island who want to be able to experience numerous activities on the island. Also if you prefer a later start or just want a shorter kayaking tour at the Islands then this trip is for you!

When

May-September. Meets daily on Santa Cruz Island at 10:30am OR 1:30pm
7am ferry check-in (8am departure) or 8am ferry check-in (9am departure) from Ventura Harbor for 10:30am tour. 11am ferry check-in (12pm departure) or any earlier ferry from Ventura Harbor for 1:30pm tour

Distance

1.25 miles

Duration

1-1.5 hours

Difficulty

Beginner to Advanced

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Adventure Sea Cave Kayak

Our Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour is our most popular Channel Islands National Park tour. We’ll spend a half-day exploring the sea caves around Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island. No other area of the park offers as many sea cave kayaking opportunities. Some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world can be found at Scorpion Anchorage.

When

Year-round. 7am ferry check-in (8am departure) or 8am ferry check-in (9am departure) from Ventura Harbor. Meets daily at 10:30am on Santa Cruz Island

Distance

2.5-3 miles

Duration

2.5-3 hours

Difficulty

Beginner to Advanced

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Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak

Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak

Our Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak is for the true ocean adventurer or someone looking to really grow their ocean kayaking skills. This tour is perfect for spending a full day exploring the island by kayak or campers who will be spending more than one day on the island. We’ll explore incredible sea cave and kelp forests along our route to the famous Potato Harbor, a less visited and more rugged area of the Park that allows for a truly breathtaking and memorable experience. Bring your lunch and snorkel gear.

When

Meets on Santa Cruz Island at 9:30am. Requires 8am ferry departure from Ventura Harbor or prior nights camping on Santa Cruz Island.

Distance

5-6 miles

Duration

5 hours

Difficulty

Intermediate to Advanced

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Painted Cave Kayak

Painted Cave Kayak Tour

Get ready for a full day at sea. Explore Painted Cave, one of the largest sea caves in the world! Painted Cave is within a Marine Protected Area and also a part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Enjoy breakfast & a hot lunch, as well as whale watching on the boat ride where you may spot sea lions, otters, dolphins, marine birds and whales. Snorkel the protected kelp forest after kayaking the massive sea caves. This is an adventure you will remember for a lifetime.

When

7:30 am- 5:00 pm, departs from Santa Barbara Sea Landing.

Distance

2.5 miles

Duration

9-10 hours

Difficulty

Intermediate to Advanced (Not recommended for small children)

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    This tour is only offered in Spring and Summer.
  • Pricing

    $199 adult, $179 child.
    Group rates for 6+ $185 per person. Group discount rates can not be used with other promotional discounts. Additional $15 charge per single kayak. No charge for snorkel gear.