- 1 How do you get to Santa Cruz Island?
- 2 How long is the ferry to Santa Cruz Island?
- 3 How much does it cost to go to Santa Cruz Island?
- 4 Can you swim on Santa Cruz Island?
- 5 Can you swim at Santa Cruz Island?
- 6 Can you rent kayaks on Santa Cruz Island?
- 7 Which Channel Island is the best to visit?
- 8 How much does it cost to go to the Channel Islands?
- 9 Are there bathrooms on Santa Cruz Island?
- 10 How long is the trip to Santa Cruz Island?
- 11 How big is Santa Cruz Island Galapagos?
- 12 How long is the boat ride to Channel islands?
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 long is the ferry 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. Time can vary because we do stop for wildlife, dolphins and whales.
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.
Can you swim on Santa Cruz Island?
The mixed sand and cobblestone Scorpion Beach is a world-class destination for swimming, diving, snorkeling, and kayaking because of easy beach access, clear ocean waters, nearby camping, year-round Island Packers boat transportation, extensive kelp forests, and a spectacular shoreline with sea caves to explore.
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.
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.
How much does it cost to go to the Channel Islands?
General admission to the park is free. Those wishing to camp on one of the islands will be charged a fee of $15 per campsite per night. The money is used to help preserve the park. Reservations must be made ahead of time, and can be arranged via the National Recreation Reservation Service website.
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 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.
How big is Santa Cruz Island Galapagos?
There are NO services or lodging on the islands. Visitors must bring all their own food and water (potable water is available in the Scorpion Canyon campground on Santa Cruz Island and the Water Canyon campground on Santa Rosa Island).
How long is the boat ride to Channel islands?
Travel Time from Ventura Harbor: Boat trips are 3 hours. Landing Conditions: Boat visitors must climb from the boat up a steel-rung ladder to a pier at Bechers Bay. When the pier is closed, landings are via skiff onto the beach.