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The Channel Islands National Park, referred to as “The American Galapagos,” encompasses five remarkable and remote islands right off the Ventura coast: Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara. The Channel Islands and encircling waters are home to over 2,000 plants and animals, of which 145 are found nowhere else in the world including the Island Fox. Established as a National Park in 1980, each of the islands is a fascinating world unto itself. World class diving, hiking, kayaking, sea cave exploration, photography, snorkeling, camping, wildlife and wildflower viewing, the Channel Islands offers uninterrupted time with family and friends while relaxing to the soothing sounds of the natural world.

Open 7 Days a Week

8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Ventura Harbor
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001-4354

Free parking at Harbor Cove Beach on Spinnaker Drive



The Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center features a bookstore, gift items, live tidal pool with daily talks, viewing tower, and exhibits featuring the unique character of each park island. The viewing tower offers one of the best views of Ventura Harbor, the Channel Islands, and the Ventura coastline..

Visitors can also enjoy the newly released high-definition 25-minute movie entitled, “Treasure in the Sea”, narrated by Kevin Costner. (Daily Showings or Click Below to View Movie)




Island Packers, the official concessionaire to the Channel Islands National Park, offers both landing and non-landing trips to all five islands. Landing trips provide the perfect setting for island hiking, camping, and kayaking. Non-landing trips include whale watching into the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary to view the larger of the marine mammals, the Pacific Gray Whales and Humpback and Blue Whales. In addition, Island Packers also offers Wildlife Cruises featuring a three-hour narrated tour along the rugged north shore of Anacapa or Santa Cruz Island with highlights including sightings of sea lions, seals, and island birds.

For information, pricing, and reservations visit www.islandpackers.com

Camping in the Channel Islands National Park Reservations: www.recreation/gov
Camping Permits: 877.444.6777

Fast, comfortable and spacious, the Raptor departs Ventura Harbor from Ventura Dive & Sport for spectacular Channel Island dive sites. The Raptor offers 2 and 3 tank dives to Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands. Equipment rental and dive courses are available at Ventura Dive & Sport located in Ventura Harbor Village.
www.raptordive.com
www.venturadive.com

Channel Islands Kayak Center arranges kayak tours or rentals to the Channel Islands, and is located next to Islands Packers in the Ventura Harbor. Join a kayak sea caving tour, or rentals include easy to use sit-on-top ocean going kayaks, a full safety briefing, map of the island caves and up-to-date weather information before your trip. For reservation information visit www.cikayak.com.

 


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