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EPIC Anacapa

Boat Trip Only

$79/adult

This is the boat trip only, you can add kayaking or snorkeling at check-out.

Enjoy a relaxing and beautiful day at the Channel Islands National Park aboard the SUNFISH. Whales, dolphins, sea lions, pelicans, and more!

Boat Trip Highlights

Wildlife for the whole family – a SEAfari 🙂

  • Non-landing boat trip only. You can add kayaking or snorkeling to your boat trip at check-out.
  • Whales and dolphins on the channel crossing.
  • Get close to the Anacapa Arch and see the historic lighthouse.
  • Sea lions at the islands.
  • View a wide variety of birds on one of the largest nesting colonies on the planet for pelicans and gulls.

The Fun Print

What your day looks like:

  • Check-In: 7:45am
  • Departure: 8:00am
  • Kayaking and Snorkeling starts: 10:00 am
  • Depart from Anacapa Island: 2:00 pm
  • Whale Watching on return to Oxnard: By 4:00pm

Options to join the Kayak Expedition or the Marine Sanctuary Snorkeling will be available at check-out. 

Your Expedition Vessel – SUNFISH

  • 49 Passenger USCG Inspected Vessel
  • Swim platform off the stern making entering and exiting the kayaks easy for all ages.
  • No food and beverage available

Destination

  • Destination: Anacapa Island
  • Spend all day in Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary

Departure Harbor

Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard CA
3600 Harbor Way
Oxnard, CA 93035

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 Zachari Dunes on 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.

Watch

Wild Blue (now Channel Islands Expeditions) featured in Living Local – a great look at an Anacapa Day Trip!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we kayak or snorkel?

Yes, you must book a guided kayak trip or snorkeling adventure in addition.

You can bring your own snorkel gear and or you can rent the gear from us.

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!

Can you charter a private kayaking expedition?

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?

Scorpion Ranch is a beautiful area but very busy, our trips are small and intimate with a chance to see more, do more, and wait less!

  • 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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