Preparing for Your Trip

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Protecting bags from Foxes & Ravens

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Safety Orientation


FAQs and Docs

Is food available at the Channel Islands National Park?
The Channel Islands National Park does not permit any food service on the islands, so please bring your own lunch and snacks (please do not bring glass). There is nowhere to purchase food once you are on the island. However, our Painted Cave Tour does include breakfast and lunch as part of the charter boat ride to the islands.

Is there drinkable water on the island?
There is potable water at the Scorpion Ranch campground at Santa Cruz Island, but we recommend that you bring enough drinking water for the whole day.

How long is the boat ride across the Channel to Scorpion Anchorage?
About 1.5 hours.

I have never been to the Channel Islands; what should I bring?
The Channel Islands National Park is a remote destination. There are very limited services on the island and no food vendors. It is important to plan accordingly for your trip. There is basic information about planning your trip in your tour confirmation email. Additional information is available for download in the right sidebar of this webpage. You may also speak directly with our staff over the phone; our office is open 7-days a week from 8am-5pm.

Who can take a kayaking tour?
Our staff works with a variety of guests and all skill levels. Beginner kayak tours are open to all individuals who acknowledge the ability to perform the following essential eligibility criteria:

  1. Breathe independently (i.e., not require medical devices to sustain breathing)
  2. Independently maintain sealed airway passages while under water
  3. Independently hold head upright without neck / head support
  4. Manage personal care independently or with assistance of a companion
  5. Manage personal mobility independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance
  6. Follow instructions and effectively communicate independently or with assistance of a companion
  7. Independently turn from face-down to face-up and remain floating face up while wearing a properly fitted life jacket*
  8. Get in/out or on/off of a paddlecraft independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance*
  9. Independently get out and from under a capsized paddlecraft*
  10. Reenter or remount the paddlecraft following deep water capsize independently or with a reasonable amount of assistance*
  11. Maintain a safe body position while attempting skills, activities and rescues listed in the appropriate Course Outline, and have the ability to recognize and identify to others when such efforts would be unsafe given your personal situation*
  12. Ages 5 and older