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Painted Cave

Boat Trip Only


$169/groups of 10+

This is a boat trip only, you can add the Kayaking Expedition to this at check-out.

Spend the day on the TRUTH as she cruises the west end of Santa Cruz Island. View Painted Cave from the bow of the boat as we peek into the entrance of the deepest sea cave on earth.

Expedition Highlights

Visit the World’s Deepest Sea Cave – Depart from Santa Barbara – Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks included

  • Explore the west end of Santa Cruz Island
  • Enter the mouth of Painted Cave on the vessel
  • Whale and dolphin encounters!
  • Food is included and served fresh.

The Fun Print

What your day looks like:

  • Boarding Begins: 6:45 am
  • TRUTH Departs: 7:00 am
  • Kayaking Expedition Begins: 10:00 am
  • Kayakers return to hot lunch: 2:00 pm
  • Return to Santa Barbara Harbor: 5:00pm

You can add the Kayaking Expedition if you have previous kayaking or paddling experience.

Your Expedition Vessel – Truth

  • 49 Passenger USCG Inspected Vessel
  • Bunks below deck for guest gear and napping
  • Hot food is served all day with snacks
  • Soda bar, hot beverages (coffee and tea) all day
  • Sundeck


  • Destination: West end of 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

Can we land and go hiking?

This is a non-landing boat trip.

What is the age limit?

No age limit on this boat trip, but the Kayaking Expedition has a 12 year old age requirement.

Will we get to see Painted Cave?

Yes! The captain will bring the TRUTH into the mouth of the sea cave, she can get pretty far, enough to get an idea of how large the cave really is!

Can we snorkel?

Snorkeling is not a part of this trip and we do not provide snorkeling gear. There may be an opportunity to swim.

Do we offer private trips to Painted Cave?

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.

Why does this trip cost more than your other day trip offerings?

This trip costs more than our other offerings for a few reasons. This is a fully immersive day at the islands, with more time spent on the water than any of our other day trips. We keep the group size smaller, giving you an opportunity to experience the islands in a more intimate setting. A smaller group size gives you the opportunity to explore even more of the island coastline. We include all of your food for the day and when it comes to cuisine, we aim to impress.

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