Celebrating 50 Years of Service to the Channel Islands


Island Packers Celebrates 50 Years of Connecting People


 to the Channel Islands




Founded in 1968, the official Channel Islands National Park Concessionaire

 offers contests, discounts and more.


As their Golden Anniversary 50th year draws to a close, Island Packers, transportation concessionaire to Channel Islands National Park, will be celebrating with their customers by offering special fares and a charity harbor cruise.

On select days in the fall season, Island Packers will commemorate their 50 years in business with several $50 fare promotions.  Discounted day trips to Santa Cruz, Anacapa and Santa Rosa Islands, as well as “2 for $50” fares for their Island Wildlife Cruises are being offered.

Special rates are being offered throughout all of November for half-day Wildlife Cruises as well as all-day trips to Santa Rosa Island. Wildlife Cruises are non-landing and last about 3 ½ hours. These trips offer a narrated crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel and a shoreline cruise of Anacapa. Day trips to Santa Rosa Island include a 2+ hour boat ride to the island, and approximately 6 hours ashore to explore and enjoy. Between November 1st and 9th, all-day trips to both Prisoner’s Harbor on Santa Cruz, and the east end of Anacapa Island are also available at the $50 rate. These special rates cannot be combined with other discounts.

Passengers traveling to these destinations can take advantage of these discounts either by making reservations online at www.islandpackers.com or by calling the Island Packer office at (805) 642-1393.

Locals know well that the Fall season can be an exceptional time to visit the Channel Islands. Trips during these months can offer some of the best opportunities for calm seas, active wildlife viewing and less crowded trips.

Since 1968, Island Packers has been a fixture in Ventura Harbor, where they have transported over a million Park visitors, provided community assistance in times of emergency and donated thousands to local charities, all while keeping their local touch as a family-owned and operated business.

Island Packers will be hosting a charity Harbor Cruise on Saturday Oct. 20th, open to the public, and will donate 100% of the proceeds to Project Understanding, a local non-profit organization. Project Understanding is structured to help people in need make it through tough times by assisting with food, housing and tutoring. Island Packers is proud to partner with such a worthy group.

Those interested in cruising Ventura Harbor for fun while helping this worthy cause should secure reservations for the cruise through EventBrite at https://www.eventbrite.com and searching for events in San Buenaventura, CA. Passengers are encouraged to make reservations soon, as space is limited and filling up.


For a complete list of all Island Packers’ scheduled departures, visit www.islandpackers.com or call their office seven days a week at (805) 642-1393.

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