- 1 How much does it cost to go to Santa Cruz Island?
- 2 How do you get to Santa Cruz Island?
- 3 How much does it cost to get to the Channel Islands?
- 4 Can you rent kayaks on Santa Cruz Island?
- 5 Which Channel Island is the best to visit?
- 6 Are there bathrooms on Santa Cruz Island?
- 7 How long is the ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island?
- 8 Can you swim at Santa Cruz Island?
- 9 How long is the trip to Santa Cruz Island?
- 10 Can I fish on Santa Cruz Island?
- 11 Is there fresh water on Santa Cruz Island?
- 12 Are there sharks in the Channel Islands?
- 13 How long is the boat ride to Anacapa Island?
- 14 Are the Channel Islands worth visiting?
How much does it cost to go to Santa Cruz Island?
Round-trip for overnight visitors is approximately $70.00 per person to Prisioners’ Harbor. View the Island Packers Schedule. If you are wondering where the IPCO or NPS boats are located, at any given moment, you can click here and see marine traffic.
How do you get to Santa Cruz Island?
Most boat trips depart from Ventura Harbor (home to the national park’s visitors centre) via operator Island Packers, and the majority go to the two closest islands, Santa Cruz and Anacapa. You can also reach the islands from Santa Barbara, by way of a Santa Barbara Sailing yacht, helmed by a U.S. Coast Guard captain.
How much does it cost to get to the Channel Islands?
There is no entrance fee. To visit one of the five islands, you’ll have to take a boat or plane. There are no services on the islands.
Can you rent kayaks on Santa Cruz Island?
There are no kayaks for rent at the island. You must reserve transport space with Island Packers for rental kayaks. Space is limited to 18 kayaks a day at Scorpion Anchorage by the National Park.
Which Channel Island is the best to visit?
The best Channel Island to visit depends on how long you have & what you want to do/see. If you only have 1 day available then I’d recommend visiting Santa Cruz Island or Anacapa Island.
Are there bathrooms on Santa Cruz Island?
If weather permits, many visitors enjoy picnicking on the islands’ beaches. Visitors must bring their own food and water (potable water is available at the Scorpion Canyon Campground on Santa Cruz Island and the Water Canyon Campground on Santa Rosa Island). Public pit toilets are available on all islands.
How long is the ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island?
How long does it take to get to the islands? For Anacapa and Santa Cruz Island, the normal channel crossing time is slightly over one hour.
Can you swim at Santa Cruz Island?
The kelp forests at Santa Cruz are absolutely breathtaking for the adventurous swimmer and snorkeler to explore. Given the isolation of the Channel Islands (20+ miles off the coast of California), we encourage all snorkelers to have prior snorkeling experience and be comfortable swimming in the ocean.
How long is the trip to Santa Cruz Island?
If you do your day trip to the Channel Islands with Island Packers, you will have about 6-7 hours on Santa Cruz Island. Island Packers recommends getting to the harbor 45 minutes before the departure time. We got there about 30 minutes before and still had plenty of time to check in and wait before boarding the boat.
Can I fish on Santa Cruz Island?
Fishing is allowed on Santa Cruz Island outside of the marine reserves.
Is there fresh water on Santa Cruz Island?
Unlike Anacapa Island, Santa Cruz does have fresh water, possessing a number of permanent springs and some permanent streams as well. If offers a number of recreational opportunities, some of which are available at Scorpion Anchorage (below), where many island visitors arrive.
Are there sharks in the Channel Islands?
White sharks live worldwide in cool, coastal waters. In the eastern Pacific, they live from Baja California, Mexico, to the Gulf of Alaska, and appear to be most abundant in California at the Channel Islands off southern California and locations north of Point Conception, California.
How long is the boat ride to Anacapa Island?
Anacapa Island Closest to the mainland of all the Channel Islands, tiny Anacapa is only 12 miles out to sea, and therefore the most visited: the boat ride over takes about an hour, and you can explore the entire island in just a half a day.
Are the Channel Islands worth visiting?
One of the best national parks in California worth visiting is Channel Islands National Park. This is a guide to one of the most beautiful places in the state and it will detail how to visit Channel Islands National Park, what to do there, and more!