Snorkel & Kayak Tour

Overview
On our guided kayak and snorkel tour at Scorpion Anchorage, 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 island while guests view sea life up close.

This tour is best for

1. Guests who already have previous kayaking and snorkeling experience. Guests should be comfortable in the ocean and comfortable swimming with a snorkel.
2. Campers who are already on the island and want a full day of adventure on & in the water

Availability
Our Snorkel & Kayak Tours run every Monday and Friday at 9:30am from July 1st through September 30th on days when there is an 8am ferry departure

Snorkel & Kayak Tour Time (~5 hours)
~1 hr 45 min – Orientation, gearing up, and paddle talk
~1-1.5 hr – Kayaking
~15 min – Lunch
~45 min – Snorkeling
~30 min – Gearing down

Level of Difficulty
Intermediate through advanced experience levels recommended. Minimum age 10; children 12 and under must be escorted by an adult guardian on the tour. All guests MUST know how to swim. Prior snorkeling experience is REQUIRED.

Includes
• Snorkel & Mask*
• Fins
• 3-piece, 7mm Wetsuit
• Snorkel flotation device
• Tandem kayak
• Knowledgeable guide(s) on exploring sea caves as well as the local natural history and marine ecology
*We do not have prescription goggles. If you have contact lenses, you should wear them.
*We provide wetsuits and snorkel masks; however, if you would like to bring your own, you are more than welcome to do so.

Ferry Tickets
This tour requires an 8am ferry departure (7am check-in) or prior nights camping on Santa Cruz Island.

Ferry return times vary daily and will depart anywhere between 4:00pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura between 5:00pm and 7:00pm). If you would like to know your exact ferry return time for a specific date, please call or email us.

Questions?
Visit our FAQ’s page.

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  • Pricing

    $232 per person + ferry transportation (adults $63 / children 12 and under $50)*

    Tours often sell out. Please book in advance.

    *Ferry tickets must be purchased to get to the island. You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

  • Preparing for your trip

Snorkel Tour

Overview
On our guided snorkel tour at Scorpion Anchorage, guests will receive expert knowledge while exploring beautiful kelp forests along pristine coastlines. There may even be a chance to swim in and out of sea caves! Guides will offer discussions of marine ecology and the natural history of the islands while guests view sea life up close.

Availability
Our Snorkel Tours run every Sunday starting at 11am and 1:30pm from July 1st through September 30th.

Snorkel Tour Time (~3 hours)
~1 hr – Orientation, gearing up, and paddle talk
~1-1.5 hr – Snorkeling
~30 min – Gearing down

Level of Difficulty
Intermediate through advanced experience levels recommended. Minimum age 10; children 12 and under must be escorted by an adult guardian on the tour. All guests MUST know how to swim. Prior snorkeling experience is REQUIRED.

Includes
• Snorkel & Mask*
• Fins
• 3-piece, 7mm Wetsuit
• Snorkel flotation device
• Knowledgeable guide(s) on exploring sea caves as well as the local natural history and marine ecology
*We do not have prescription goggles. If you have contact lenses, you should wear them.
*We provide wetsuits and snorkel masks; however, if you would like to bring your own, you are more than welcome to do so.

Ferry Tickets
The morning tour requires a 9:30am or earlier ferry departure (check-in 1hr prior to departure).
The afternoon tour requires a 4:30pm or later return from the island.

Ferry return times vary daily and will depart anywhere between 4:00pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura between 5:00pm and 7:00pm). If you would like to know your exact ferry return time for a specific date, please call or email us.

Questions?
Visit our FAQ’s page.

Book Now Online!
  • Pricing

    $131 per person + ferry transportation (adults $63 / children 12 and under $50)*

    Tours often sell out. Please book in advance.

    *Ferry tickets must be purchased to get to the island. You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

  • Preparing for your trip

Snorkeling Gear & Wetsuit Rental

Channel Island National Park offers some of the best snorkeling in North America. Rental includes a Snorkel, Mask, Fins and a 3-piece Wetsuit (5mm shortie suit, 7mm farmer john suit & sized hood). We have children’s wetsuits size 6-16 and adult wetsuits size XS-XXXL. We have child, youth and adult-sized masks available.

When

You will pick up your gear on the island at the snorkel rental shop.

Duration

Day rental

Difficulty

Snorkelers should be comfortable swimming in open water.

  • Available first-come, first-serve at our storefront on Santa Cruz Island
    All rentals include a required personal flotation device.
  • Pricing

    $60

snorkel rental package

Snorkeling Gear Rental

Channel Island National Park offers some of the best snorkeling in North America. Rental includes a Snorkel, Mask and Fins. We have child, youth and adult-sized masks available. A wetsuit is not included in this rental package.

When

You will pick up your gear on the island at the snorkel rental shop.

Duration

Day rental

Difficulty

Snorkelers should be comfortable swimming in open water.

  • Available first-come, first-serve at our storefront on Santa Cruz Island
    All rentals include a required personal flotation device.
  • Pricing

    $32