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Giant Sea Caves of Anacapa Island

November Special Caves

Only for the month of November – Our kayaking trips take place at West Anacapa, where some of the biggest and coolest caves reside. This is a closed area for the rest of the year.

What's Included

snorkel-whiteSnorkel through kelp forests! All of our island trips include snorkel gear (mask and snorkel). You will have the chance to see fish like garibaldi and sea lions under water!

  • Boat to Anacapa Island on our custom kayak adventure vessel, the Sunfish
  • Whale watching on the channel crossing.
  • Guides and naturalists.
  • Easy and stable kayaks w/ backrest seat adjustable paddle.
  • Gear: Lifejacket (PFD), Cave Helmet, Nylon Paddling Jacket
  • Snorkel gear – mask and snorkel

Our Most Popular DAY TRIP – Visit Anacapa Island where Dolphins, Sea Lions, and Pelicans raise their young and live on the volcanic craggy shores of the smallest island in the National Park. 

Explore the Channel Island’s massive arches as you wind your way down the craggy shores of Anacapa Island. This is a one-way downwind paddle which reminds many people of a river trip as you snake around bends and curves and paddle through these arches which cut through the island’s volcanic points.

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Departs from Oxnard

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What's Included

  • Boat to Anacapa Island on our custom kayak adventure vessel, the Sunfish
  • Whale watching during transit
  • Guides and naturalists
  • Easy and stable kayaks w/ backrest seat adjustable paddle
  • Lifejacket (PFD)
  • Cave Helmet
  • Nylon Paddling Jacket

Fun Details

Rated One of the Most Popular Day Trips in Southern California

Two kayakers going over an ocean waterfall

Location Information

  • 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.

Mega Pods of dolphins mid channel.

Pre Trip Planning

MAKE SURE YOU BRING (FOOD, WATER, WARM CLOTHING!):

  1. Food. We suggest snacks that travel well kayaking and a picnic style lunch when you return from your kayaking.
  2. Water (reusable water bottles preferred, you can refill them on the boat)
  3. Warm clothing (after kayaking you will want dry clothing to change into) We also suggest bringing extra warm layers for the boat crossing. 
  4. Swimsuit or water activity clothing (to kayak in) You may want to bring water shoes. You are welcome to bring your own wetsuit if desired.
  5. Sun protection (sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, etc.)
  6. Cooler with adult beverages for the ride home 🙂
  7. Camera (waterproof case highly recommended if you wish to bring it on the kayak)
  8. 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.

Testimonials

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Giant Sea Caves of Anacapa Island
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

1st Sea Kayaking Experience

Amazing experience led by Garrett and his team to the Channel Islands. I had travelled from Hawaiʻi for this 4 day adventure. I'm not a diver (they had a ton of opportunities for them) but was able to free-dive and go kayaking. I had never kayaking on the ocean like this but felt incredibly confident with the instruction from the guides and crew. Incredibly competent and friendly, the trip felt completely about the participant experience. Kayaking around and seeing all the Harbor & Elephant seals and sea lions was an amazing experience. Their knowledge on the water, the wildlife, and especially the history of the place made for an experience I've been recommending to friends since the trip. Great grub too!
5/5stars

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mark r
Giant Sea Caves of Anacapa Island
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Kayaking Channel Islands

Did this with my wife and 4 of our friends. Drove up from the IE , 2 hour drive, well worth it! What a great crew! Very knowledgeable about the island and surrounding area. Going in and out of the caves was awesome, though challenging at times but that made it even more enjoyable. If you are considering this trip, DO IT! We WILL do it again.
5/5stars

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david c
Giant Sea Caves of Anacapa Island
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Anacapa Caves

Great outfit. Very professional guides, safety and COVID conscious. I went on a trip to Anacapa Island in mid-November. The cruise out was pretty quick. The wildlife on the way was excellent. The caves and rocks on Anacapa were wonderful to play in. I will return again when the Gray Whales begin to head back up the coast. I highly recommend them.
5/5stars

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Chuyên L.
Giant Sea Caves of Anacapa Island
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Channel Island National Park

Channel Island National Park so amazing and beautiful places. And The Wild Blue Adventurer was professional. We loved it . Thanks You so Mụch for get we the nice trip .
5/5stars

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john s
Giant Sea Caves of Anacapa Island
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Father and Son day

I had an epic day with my son in late July 2020. Our guide Phil was a UCSB grad, marine biologist who was in area, as his normal guiding in Antarctica was limited due to Covid. The boat staff was knowledgeable, friendly and worked hard to make our day both enjoyable and safe. Only 8 people on a boat that can hold 30-40 and they were very Covid compliant. Masks in the boat at all times (except lunch - bring your own food) and outdoor seating but could take off masks in the double kayaks. Really easy and felt safe and compliant. 10 out of 10 and I'm a tough critic.
5/5stars

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Giant Sea Caves of Anacapa Island
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

5 Night Liveaboard Trip

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.

5/5stars

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Giant Sea Caves of Anacapa Island
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Kayaking Anacapa Arch

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.

5/5stars

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Giant Sea Caves of Anacapa Island
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Great Family Day Adventure

We had the BEST first time kayaking experience with Blue Ocean. Garret and his crew are great! The Anacapa tour is something special... we all loved it! It was a perfect day for our family. We highly recommend!
5/5stars

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Giant Sea Caves of Anacapa Island
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Another great day kayaking with Blue Ocean

We had a great day at Anacapa with Garrett, Jordan and the rest of the crew. We paddled for about 3 hours but it is not too strenuous, so if you are wondering if you can do it, you probably can! Thank you, Blue Ocean Crew!
5/5stars

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Giant Sea Caves of Anacapa Island
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

HIGHLY RECOMMEND

LOVED IT! Truly an amazing experience that I will never forget. Awesome crew, wonderful day, all around great time. I hope to do it again some day!
5/5stars

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Giant Sea Caves of Anacapa Island
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

A great time!

Even though it was a foggy day, we had a great time. The boat crew was great and friendly. Garrett the guide was knowledgeable and friendly. He even saved a pelican-"Birdie Sanders" .
5/5stars

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need boat transportation?

No. All CIEx trips are vessel supported and include boat transportation to and from your island destination. 

What is the age limit?

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.

Do I need to know how to swim?

You will be wearing a PFD but you need to be comfortable in water over your head. 

If I am solo or in an odd number group will I be in a tandem kayak with a stranger?

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.

How difficult is the kayaking?

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.

Can we land on Anacapa and hike?

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!

Do we offer private trips to Anacapa?

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.

What's the difference between Anacapa Island and Santa Cruz Island?

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!

Can I join this trip if I am camping at Anacapa Island?

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 🙂

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