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Adventure Cove Day Trip

"Once in a lifetime experience!!!" - Molly C.

Boat Trip


$89/student & senior
$79/child (5-17)
Under 5 FREE

Combo (guided kayaking and freedom snorkeling) - $74

Day Trip Highlights

Visit the lost world inside the Channel Islands National Park

  • Visit the deepest sea cave on earth – Painted Cave – on the big boat.
  • Whale and Dolphin encounters on the crossing.
  • Snippets of fascinating history and Channel Island facts.
  • Cruise along the coastline of Santa Cruz Island.
  • Kayaking and snorkeling available once we arrive at the Adventure Cove.
  • Breakfast served all day, available for purchase.
  • All-you-can-eat Gourmet Taco, Burrito, Salad Bar lunch.
  • Large sundeck for relaxing, reading, and hanging out with family and friends.

Adventure Cove Details


Boat Trip Only

  • $99/adults
  • $89/ seniors (65+)
  • $79/ youth(5-17) | Infants FREE (under 5)
  • Group Pricing – 10 or more people only $80/each

Add the Combo

  • Guided Kayaking and Freedom Snorkeling – $74

What your day looks like:

  • Boarding Begins: 6:30 am
  • VISION Departs: 7:00 am
  • Visit Painted Cave on the VISION
  • Cruise the North shore of Santa Cruz Island, a step back in time.
  • Send the day at the Adventure Cove for kayaking, snorkeling, SCUBA, for 3.5 hours.
  • Return to Santa Barbara Harbor: 5:30 pm

Check-in at the Santa Barbara Landing and hop onto the VISION for the day. We take great care in making your journey comfortable. As we approach the island you’ll start getting ready with your assigned group.

Visit Painted Cave

Our day starts with a visit to the deepest sea cave on earth. The cave’s high ceiling and narrow entrance create an awe-inspiring atmosphere that is both surreal and mesmerizing. We’ll poke the nose of the boat into the cave so you can get a taste of the cave without having to get wet!

Departure Harbor

Santa Barbara Landing – Santa Barbara Harbor
301 West Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Add the Combo for only $74

The Combo includes guided kayaking and freedom snorkeling.


Guided Kayaking

  • 1-1.5 hours of guided kayaking in either tandem or single kayaks (based on group size or if you have odd numbers in your group)
  • Visit beautiful arches, caves, and gorgeous coastline.
  • Perfect for beginners, no experience needed.
  • 5 years old and up!

Freedom Snorkeling

  • The snorkeling pool is open once we are set up and continues to be open all day with a brief closure for lunch.
  • Mask, snorkel, fins included or bring your own.
  • Wetsuit and hood rentals are available. Save by reserving ahead of time.

Optional Gear Rentals

Add some neoprene to your day and stay extra toasty! Wetsuit rentals can be used for all activities and are a day rental.

  • 3/2 full wetsuits $20
  • 3/2 shorty wetsuits $15
  • Neoprene dive hoods $5

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can we land and hike on the island?

No, this is a NON LANDING trip.

The Channel Islands National Park is really large, and in order to visit the Painted Cave region, we will be visiting a part of the park is only accessible by boat. The terrain is steep and mountainous, there aren’t any landing piers or docks, and the land is in preservation (The Nature Conservancy owns this portion of the island) so landing on the few rocky beaches is not permissible. 

If you would like to land and hike at the Channel Islands National Park, please visit Island Packers or call 805-642-1393

What is your cancellation policy?

100% refund up until 10 days prior to departure.

We like to keep it simple and fair and we’re no pirates… we’re here to help and happy to accomodate special circumstances.

Extend that policy to the day prior to departure for only $8.99/person by purchasing CIEx Trip Insurance at the time of booking.

Is there an age limit on the Adventure Cove Day Trip

There is no age limit for the boat trip. The age limit on the Adventure Cove is 5 years old for the Discover Kayaking and 7 years old for the Freedom Snorkeling.

Can some people just hang on the boat all day?

Yes! If you have members of your group, or kids under 5, they can hang on the boat at the afternoon anchorage.

Do we kayak in Painted Cave?

Not on this kayak trip, sorry. We will kayak and snorkel in an area we call +Adventure Cove about 4 miles East of Painted Cave.

If you want to kayak into Painted Cave, you’ll want to check out this trip; Giant Sea Caves of Painted Cave Kayak Expedition 

Do you have specials for groups?

Yes, we have the standard group rates for groups of 10 or more. This rate is $80/person

You can also charter the entire vessel for the day. Rates vary depending on what you want to do. Contact us at 805-899-4925 or visit our Groups page here.

Can we bring our own food?

Yes, or you can purchase the All-you-can-eat Taco, Burrito, and Salad Bar for $15/adult and $8/child.

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