Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour
The Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour is our most popular Channel Islands National Park tour. We’ll spend 2.5-3 hours 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.
Tours start at 10:30am and select days at 9:30am
2.5 - 3 miles
2.5 - 3 hours of island kayaking
Beginner through advanced levels. Children under age 5 not permitted.
Summer tours often sell out. Please book in advance.
$161 per adult + ferry transportation ($63)*
$150 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation ($50)*
*You'll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers or will be camping on the island you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.
- Preparing for your trip
Discovery Sea Cave Kayak
Our Discovery Sea Cave Kayak Tour is a shortened version of our Adventure Sea Cave Kayaking Tour. In 1.5 hours of paddling time, you will experience sea caves, kelp forests and pristine coastlines. This tour is great for first-timers to the island who want to be able to experience numerous activities in a day. Channel Islands National Park offers hiking, snorkeling, birding, endemic species, a rich history and more.
Ferry service is aboard Island Packers. You will be given the option to purchase ferry tickets from us during the checkout process.
Ferry return times vary. Your ferry will depart from Scorpion Anchorage at 4:00pm, 4:30pm or 5:00pm.
March-Sept: Most days
Oct: Fri, Sat, Sun
Meets on Santa Cruz Island @ 9:30am and/or 10:30am as well as 12:30pm and/or 1:30pm (meet times depend on the ferry schedule to Santa Cruz Island - Scorpion Anchorage)
The 9:30am tour requires an 8:00am ferry departure (7am check-in time).
The 12:30pm tour requires a 10:00am ferry departure or earlier (check-in is one hour prior to ferry departure). Ferry options typically will be 8:00am, 9:00am or 10:00am.
The 1:30pm tour requires a 4:30pm or later return from the island.
Beginner to Advanced. Children under age 5 not permitted.
Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak
The longest of our kayaking tour options, the Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak tour is for the true ocean adventurer or someone who has been kayaking in Channel Islands National Park previously. We’ll explore incredible sea caves and kelp forests along our route to the famous Potato Harbor, a more remote area of the park that allows for a truly breathtaking and memorable experience with its aqua-colored cove and pristine shoreline. Bring your lunch and snorkel gear.
Ferry service is operated by Island Packers. You will be given the option to purchase ferry tickets from us during checkout.
Ferry return times vary. Your ferry will depart from Scorpion Anchorage anywhere between 4:30pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura Harbor between 5:30pm and 7:00pm).
This tour is offered on select days from June through October.
July: Saturdays and Sundays
Aug-Oct: Any date when appropriate ferry times are available
Meets on Santa Cruz Island at 9:30am. Requires 8am ferry departure from Ventura Harbor or prior nights camping on Santa Cruz Island.
Intermediate - Advanced. Children under age 5 not permitted.
Snorkel & Kayak Tour – Available Summer 2021
On our guided kayak & snorkel tour, guests will receive expert knowledge while exploring beautiful kelp forests and sea caves along pristine coastlines. Guides will offer discussions of marine ecology and the natural history of the islands while guests view sea life up close. For this tour, guests must know how to swim and also have basic snorkeling & kayaking experience.
Ferry service is operated by Island Packers. You will be given the option to purchase ferry tickets from us during the checkout process.
Ferry return times vary. Your ferry will depart from Scorpion Anchorage anywhere between 3:30pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura Harbor between 4:30pm and 7:00pm).
Meets on select days from July through the first week of September.
Meets on Santa Cruz Island at 9:30am.
July-September: Saturdays and Sundays
Meets at 9:30am on Santa Cruz Island. Check the calendar when booking for available dates.
1.25 miles of kayaking + snorkeling
1-1.5 hours of kayaking & 45 minutes of snorkeling
Intermediate through advanced experience levels recommended.