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Adventure Cove

Boat Trip Only



This is a NON Landing boat trip only, you can add snorkeling, kayaking, or SCUBA at check-out.

Visit Channel Islands National Park for the day with options to visit a remote area of the Park only accessible by boat. Once at our destination enjoy the sights and relax or choose an adventure like kayaking, and/or snorkeling, or SCUBA. Perfect for the entire family.

Expedition Highlights

Boat Trip and Island Cruise to Middle Santa Cruz Island – Beautiful and Easy!

  • Whale and Dolphin encounters on the crossing.
  • Bring your own snorkel gear
  • Fish at the Adventure Cove (must have valid license)
  • Cash galley and bar
  • Large sundeck for relaxing, reading, and hanging out with family and friends.

The Fun Print

What your day looks like:

  • Boarding Begins: 7:00 am
  • VISION Departs: 7:30 am
  • SCUBA Gates Open: 10:30 am to 1:30pm
  • Discover Kayaking and Freedom Snorkeling Group A: 10:30 am
  • Discover Kayaking and Freedom Snorkeling Group B: 12:00 pm
  • VISION heads back to Santa Barbara: 2:00 pm
  • Return to Santa Barbara Harbor: 5:00 pm

You can also book the Adventure Cove – Discover Kayaking and/or the Adventure Cove – Freedom Snorkeling in addition to the boat trip. These options are available at check-out when you book the boat trip only.

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.

Naturalist Lead Channel Crossing

  • A multimedia naturist presentation accompanies your journey to the islands.
  • Surround sound throughout the vessel so you can listen on any level.
  • Follow your journey on our GPS map as we cross the Santa Barbara Basin in search of whales and dolphins.
  • Very informative but also really fun and a great way to be introduced to a National Park treasure.

Your Expedition Vessel – VISION

  • 100 Passenger USCG Inspected Vessel.
  • Large sundeck.
  • Wrap around salon with tables and benches.
  • Cash galley with healthy and hearty options.
  • Beverages along with beer and wine for sale.
  • 3 bathrooms.
  • Changing rooms with hot showers.
  • Low swim deck for easy entry back onto the VISION.


santa cruz island

  • Destination: Middle Santa Cruz Island
  • Spend all day in Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary

Departure Harbor

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

Frequently Asked Questions

No age limit on the boat trip.

The minimum age on this trip is 5.

Can we land and hike on the island?

No, this is a NON LANDING trip. 

What are the activities that I can do once at the Adventure Cove?


We offer the Discover Kayaking twice during your time at the islands, once at 10:30am and again at 12:00pm (noon). Sorry, you cannot bring your own kayak and gear.


We offer the Freedom Snorkeling twice during your time at the islands, once at 10:30am and again at 12:00pm (noon). We have a limit to the number of people that can be in the water at once, so even if you bring your own gear, you must book a spot in this to go in the water.


Great for instructors teaching classes and visitors to the National Park for the first time. Must be Open Water or above certified if not with an instructor.

Fishing and Relaxing

You can also choose to just enjoy the beautiful Adventure Cove up on the sundeck of the VISION. Once all activities have launched you can fish from the bow of the boat.

Do we offer group discounts?

Yes, group rates are applied at check-out for groups larger than 6.

Do you offer combo discounts?

Yes, you will be able to book both the Discover Kayaking and Freedom Snorkeling with Boat Trip  for a $10 discount.


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