Can I bring my own kayak to Channel Islands?
You can go on a guided tour, rent kayaks or bring your own kayak. Whatever your choice, you will see the island and the ocean wildlife from a new perspective when paddling a kayak.
Can you kayak in Channel Islands Harbor?
Know before you go: Launching a kayak in the Channel Islands Harbor is easy. Grab a paddle, life jacket, and walk to the kayak launch on the Ventura County Day Dock near the boat launch ramp.
Which Channel Island is best for hiking?
Smuggler’s Cove Trail (Santa Cruz)
Santa Cruz is the largest island of this national park and Smuggler’s Cove is one of the most popular hikes in Channel Islands. The trail climbs steeply to the west side of the island and visitors have the chance to see all of the wildlife and nature that make these islands so great.
How do I get to Channel Islands?
While the mainland visitor centers in Ventura and Santa Barbara are readily accessible by car or public transportation, the islands are only accessible by park concessionaire boats (Island Packers) or private boat. Advanced planning is highly recommended. There is no transportation available on the 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.
Can you jet ski to the Channel Islands?
No personal watercraft.
Personal watercraft such as jet skis are not allowed in park waters.