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Rated One of the Most Popular Day Trips in Southern California
- Departure Harbor: Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard CA (Marine Emporium Landing)
- Destination: Anacapa Island
- Spend all day in Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary
- Check-In: 7:55am
- Whale Watching on return to Oxnard: By 4:00pm
Trip Specific Information
- Experience Level: Easy for all ages and skill levels (conditions permitting)
- Minimum Age: 7 years old*
- Minimum Number of Guests: 4
- Maximum Number of Guests: 32
- Distance Paddled: approximately 4 miles downwind
*Paddlers under age 12 will be in a tandem kayak with an adult.
Pre Trip Planning
MAKE SURE YOU BRING (FOOD, WATER, WARM CLOTHING!):
- Food. We suggest snacks that travel well kayaking and a picnic style lunch when you return from your kayaking.
- Water (reusable water bottles preferred, you can refill them on the boat)
- Warm clothing (after kayaking you will want dry clothing to change into) We also suggest bringing extra warm layers for the boat crossing.
- Swimsuit or water activity clothing (to kayak in)
- Sun protection (sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, etc.)
- Cooler with adult beverages for the ride home 🙂
- Camera (waterproof case highly recommended if you wish to bring it on the kayak)
- Blankets and towels
Local Restaurants & Lodging
Stay for a seafood dinner or drinks at the Marine Emporium after your trip. There are many restaurants right where the Sunfish picks you up and drops you off , some with harbor views.
Book a weekend visit! Stay at the Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort-only a few minutes drive to the harbor. Right on the beach, this is an excellent place to relax after an adventurous day at Anacapa.
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-Mark R. | Yelp
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-John S. | Yelp
Recently went on a 5 night, 6 day liveaboard trip off the Truth. The crew and captains were all very nice and welcoming. The boat has great safety protocols to ensure us divers were safe throughout the entirety of this trip. Chef Tim was fantastic! I have never had better quality food on a boat trip, and he has definitely set the bar high. We had amazing homemade dishes almost every meal, he had vegetarian and vegan options as well. I would 100% recommend this boat to anyone interested in planning a multi-day dive trip to the Channel Islands.
-Jill D. | Yelp
We had a wonderful time kayaking through the sea caves and Anacapa Arch. All the on board staff were excellent. We will definitely come back and do a different tour with them.
-Jen Y. | Yelp
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Frequently Asked Questions
No. All CIEx trips are vessel supported and include boat transportation to and from your island destination.
The minimum age for this trip is 7 years old.
All children 12 and under MUST BE with an adult in a tandem kayak.
All children under 12 years old MUST BE with an adult in a tandem kayak. Kids aged 12 to 17 may share a tandem kayak.
Our age limits are for your safety and enjoyment.
You will be wearing a PFD but you need to be comfortable in water over your head.
We have single kayaks for those of you traveling solo or in odd number groups. Because of this, we don’t allow people to reserve single kayaks ahead of time.
Weather depending, the degree of difficulty is typically low, that’s why we allow 7- year old kids to join us on this trip. However, if we encounter substantial winds or swell, the difficulty level can increase. The Sunfish (our adventure support vessel) is always nearby and is able to assist with tired paddlers at any time.
This trip does not include landing or hiking on Anacapa. If you want to hike on the Channel Islands, we recommend that you book a 4-Day Expedition Trip with us! If you are interested in hiking specifically on Anacapa Island, we recommend contacting Island Packers. Based on the amount of time it takes to travel across the Santa Barbara Channel, kayaking is all we’ll have time to do in a day!
Yes, prices vary based on day of week and season. Please call or email with the dates you are interested in and we’ll get you a quote.
Difference between the CIEx Wild Blue Anacapa Kayaking Trip and the CIEx Painted Cave Kayaking Trips:
- This trip to Anacapa is shorter and easier. The boat crossing to the island is shorter. The kayaking at Anacapa is typically mellower and better for first time kayak adventurers.
- There are more arches at Anacapa than at Painted Cave( Santa Cruz Island).
- The water is typically a bit warmer at Anacapa Island than the north side of Santa Cruz Island, so we don’t provide wetsuits for kayaking at Anacapa.
- We only provide snacks on this trip. You need to bring your own lunch.
Difference between CIEx Sea Cave Kayaking Trips and Scorpion Ranch Trips:
- All CIEx kayaking trips are vessel-supported. Rather than launching and landing through surf at the Scorpion Ranch beach, all CIEx trips launch kayaks from our motherships with crew assistance from our accessible, water-level swim steps. On our trips, you paddle in one direction with the wind and get picked up at the end of your paddle by the mothership. You’ll have the support vessel nearby at all times to assist you if needed.
- You are our exclusive purpose. All CIEx kayak guests are here for the same reason… to kayak into sea caves! Scorpion Ranch trips require ferry transportation to get to the island paddling destination, which can result in wait times between activities.
- We paddle at areas where we barely encounter other boaters or visitors to the islands. This means less crowds and more wildlife. Scorpion Ranch is the most heavily-visited part of Channel Islands National Park – if you’re looking to get a more remote experience, join us!
Unfortunately no. We cannot pick up or drop off passengers at the Landing Cove at Anacapa. All of our paddlers need to board at Oxnard for the day. The best way to kayak Anacapa Island and see all of the amazing arches and tidepools is to have a support vessel like the Sunfish. We don’t recommend trying this on your own 🙂