Typical DayStart with some whale watching:
The ferry that takes you to the islands is operated by Island Packers out of Ventura Harbor. You will be aboard one of their very stable high-speed catamarans for the 1 hour journey to Santa Cruz Island. As you cross the marine rich Santa Barbara Channel the captain and crew keep a look-out for wildlife, including Humpback, California Gray, and Killer Whales! It is a common occurrence to find ourselves among MEGA-PODS of dolphins. For total enjoyment, it is best to enjoy a very light breakfast of fruit, saving a nice snack for your arrival at the island.
Gearing up for a Sea Cave Adventure:
Upon arrival at Santa Cruz Island your guide/s will show you to the Channel Islands Outfitters (CIO) base camp where picnic tables, locked storage, and all of the gear we will need for the day of kayaking are located. Each kayaker will be handed a 3mm farmer john style wetsuit that is sized specifically, so be honest with heights and weights. Wetsuits are necessary for protection from the rocks and the sharp things living on them. It can also be a little chilly and most guests find the wetsuit quite comfortable.
Exploring Sea Caves by Kayak:
What you've been waiting for all day! We won't spoil it here, but it's safe to say this 2 1/2 hr sea cave journey is an experience that you will not be able to compare with anything else. We've heard people say "It's like Disneyland!"... but the honest truth is Disneyland comes to the sea caves at Santa Cruz for ideas!
The Rest of Your Day:
Following your unforgettable kayaking adventure there is typically free time. In their free time, guests may enjoy going snorkeling, searching for Santa Cruz Island Fox, or enjoying a nice picnic lunch on the beach. The ferry will arrive late in the afternoon to pick adventurers up and return them to Ventura Harbor by 5:30.
Single OR Double (Tandem) Kayaks available at no additional cost. These are Sit-On-Top kayaks for use in sea caves.You can make a request ahead of time or decide on the island based on the conditions.
All paddlers over 5 yrs old who can swim are welcome.
While we would love to cook you a wonderful lunch, at this time we are not permitted to do so... please bring your own lunch, snacks, and water.
All sea cave kayaking and snorkeling gear is provided. This includes wetsuit, paddle jacket.
Age range, type of group
5 - as long as you have an adventurous spirit!
Sleeping and meals
Camping is available online