Snorkel & Sea Caves Kayak Tour

Overview
Explore Channel Islands National Park both above and below the ocean’s surface on our expert-led Snorkel & Sea Caves Kayak Tour at Scorpion Anchorage. Kayak through vibrant kelp forests, sea caves, and the island’s pristine coastlines. Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a journey through marine ecology and the rich history of the island. Get up close with sea life and leave with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the underwater world.

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 Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 9:30am from mid-June through September 30th on days when there is an 8am ferry departure

Snorkel & Sea Caves 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
• PFD (personal flotation device) for kayaking
• Ocean kayak**
• Knowledgeable guide(s) on exploring sea caves as well as the local natural history and marine ecology

*We do not have prescription masks. 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.
**By default, even-numbered parties will be paired in a tandem (2-person) kayak. For single or odd-numbered parties, single (1-person) kayaks will be provided.

Ferry Tickets
This tour requires an 8am ferry departure (7am check-in) or prior nights camping on Santa Cruz Island. This tour also requires a 4:30pm or later ferry return.

When booking ferry tickets on our website, the return times vary daily and will depart anywhere between 4:30pm 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

    Public tours:
    $275 per person + ferry transportation (adults $66 / children 12 and under $53)*

    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.

    Private tours available. Email letsgo@islandkayaking.com for pricing and more info.

  • Preparing for your trip

Guided Snorkel Excursion

Overview
Immerse yourself in the beauty of kelp forests and pristine coastlines on our Guided Snorkel Excursion at Scorpion Anchorage. Our expert guides offer a wealth of knowledge on marine ecology and the natural history of the islands, allowing you to gain a deeper appreciation of the underwater world. Explore the island’s vibrant sea life and create lasting memories on this educational and scenic adventure.

Availability
Our Guided Snorkel Excursion run every Sunday starting at 11am and 1:30pm from mid-June through September 30th.

Guided Snorkel Excursion 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 excursion. 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 the local natural history and marine ecology
*We do not have prescription masks. 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 activity requires a 9:30am or earlier ferry departure (check-in 1hr prior to departure).
The afternoon activity 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

    Public excursions:
    $151 per person + ferry transportation (adults $66 / children 12 and under $53)*

    Activities 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.

    Private excursions available. Email letsgo@islandkayaking.com for pricing and more info.

  • 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 snorkel rentals include a flotation belt.
  • Pricing

    $69 — mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit

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 snorkel rentals include a flotation belt.
  • Pricing

    $37 – mask, snorkel, fins