What to Do in Channel Islands National Park
There are several companies that run sea cave kayaking tours to Santa Cruz Island, part of Channel Islands National Park. We went with Santa Barbara Adventure Company and had an amazing time! Click through to read all about our trip!
You can do a day trip to the island to kayak, or you have the option to extend your stay and camp out overnight! We chose to camp, and that gave us some extra time to get a hike in to Potato Harbor. A beautiful hike along the bluffs!
Our kayak tour guides also brought along wetsuits and snorkeling gear! The water was freezing but we enjoyed seeing the life under the sea!
The highlight of our trip was the second day of kayaking. We kayaked through many more sea caves on our way to Potato Harbor – we loved getting to see the view from down on the water! Most people opted for the day trip, so we were able to have a private tour with just us and our guide! Seriously gorgeous, and an experience I will never forget!
Where to Stay/How to get to Channel Islands National Park
There’s only one option if you want to stay on the island – camp! There are three tour companies that operate in the Channel Islands, and you can reserve a tent, sleeping bags/pads, pillows, and even cooking equipment for your stay.
Island Packers is the company that runs the ferries out to the island. Your tour company can reserve your tickets for you, or you can do it yourself on their website. The ride to the island is almost as incredible as once you get there – we saw thousands of dolphins and even a few humpback whales on our journey!