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BOOK A CHANNEL ISLANDS MARINE SANCTUARY WILDLIFE WATCHING TRIP

Witness the majestic wildlife of the Channel Islands! In order to enjoy a seamless experience, it is very important you book your trip correctly. Please follow the steps below to book your trip.

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Island Wildlife Tours

ANACAPA ISLAND SHORELINE WILDLIFE CRUISE

Passengers traveling to Anacapa transit the newest International Whale Heritage zone, while the shoreline cruise of Anacapa offers many photo ops of bird life, seals and sea lions as well as an up close and personal look of the lighthouse and Arch Rock, the landmark of the park. Big doings for a 3 ½ hour trip! Please Note: Wildlife cruises may stop briefly at the Islands to offload passengers who booked the island landing trip.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $45
  • Senior (55 and up): $41
  • Military (Active): $41
  • Child (3-12): $32
  • Infant (under 3): $0.00
  • All Ages
  • 3.5 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip
  • Oxnard Departure

ANACAPA ISLAND SHORELINE CRUISE – Oxnard Departure

(Formerly known as Island Wildlife Cruise)

Cruise out to the Channel Islands in search of local marine life! Please Note: This wildlife cruise may stop briefly at Anacapa Island to offload passengers who booked the island landing trip.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $45
  • Senior (55 and up): $41
  • Military (Active): $41
  • Child (3-12): $32
  • Infant (under 3): $0.00
  • All Ages
  • 3.5 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip

Whale Watching

VENTURA SUMMER WHALE WATCH

Join us for a summer whale watching excursion looking for Humpbacks and Blue Whales! Cruise and search for Whales and other local marine life on this summer whale watching cruise. Summer Whale Watches are longer in duration than Winter Whale watches due to greater distances traveled.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $79
  • Senior (55 and up): $74
  • Military (Active): $74
  • Child (3-12): $64
  • Infant (under 3): $0.00
  • 6 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip
  • June 19

OXNARD SUMMER WHALE WATCH

Join us for a summer whale watching excursion looking for Humpback and Blue Whales! Cruise and search for whales and other local marine life on this summer whale watching cruise. Summer Whale Watches are longer in duration than Winter Whale watches due to greater distances traveled.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $79
  • Senior (55 and up): $74
  • Military (Active): $74
  • Child (3-12): $64
  • Infant (under 3): $0.00
  • All Ages
  • 6 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip

OXNARD WINTER WHALE WATCH

Join us for a winter whale watching excursion looking for Gray Whales! Cruise and search for Gray Whales and other local marine life on this winter whale watching cruise.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $45
  • Senior (55 and up): $41
  • Military (Active): $41
  • Child (3-12): $32
  • Infant (under 3): $0.00
  • All Ages
  • 3.5 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip

VENTURA WINTER WHALE WATCH

Join us for a winter whale watching excursion looking for Gray Whales! Cruise and search for Gray Whales and other local marine life on this winter whale watching cruise.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $45
  • Senior (55 and up): $41
  • Military (Active): $41
  • Child (3-12): $32
  • Infant (under 3): $0.00
  • All Ages
  • 3.5 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip

Bird Trips

  • Ventura Departure

This 10 hour, offshore, deep water, pelagic trip is very similar to the 12-hour trip. It allows Passengers to reach the offshore waters beyond the scope of most day trips. Passengers have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine mammals. Look for sought after species like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Leach’s Storm-Petrel, Townsend Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet, Craveri’s Murrelet, various Boobies, Shearwaters, and more.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $185
  • Senior (age 55+) $185
  • Military (Active) $185
  • Ages 13+
  • 10 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip
  • Ventura Departure

More time, more birds. This 12 hour, offshore, deep water, pelagic trip allows you to get out to the offshore waters beyond the reach of most day trips. You will have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine mammals. Look for sought after species like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Leach’s Storm-Petrel, Townsend Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet, Craveri’s Murrelet, various Boobies, Shearwaters, and more.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $210
  • Senior (age 55+) $210
  • Military (Active) $210
  • Ages 13+
  • 12 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip
  • Ventura Departure

This 8 hour, offshore pelagic trip allows you to experience the abundance of birds in the Santa Barbara Channel and nearby Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary along with a some of the deep water south of Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands. You will have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine mammals. Generally, we see a variety of Alcids, Shearwaters, and some migratory and resident bird species.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $140
  • Senior (55 and up): $121
  • Military (Active): $121
  • Ages 13+
  • 8 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip
  • Oxnard Departure

Cruise the coast of Anacapa Island and look at the groups of seabirds congregating for the nesting season. Later, arrive at Prisoner’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island where we disembark for an hour or so to observe the Island Scrub-Jay and other terrestrial birds. On the crossing home, we will have a good stretch of water to cover with more pelagic birding opportunities.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $130
  • Senior (55 and up): $130
  • Military (Active): $130
  • Ages 13+
  • 9 Hours
  • Landing Trip
  • Ventura Departure

Cruise through the Santa Barbara Channel looking for birds and other wildlife en route to Santa Cruz Island. After arrival at the Island, passengers disembark for an hour or so to observe the endemic Island Scrub-Jay and other terrestrial birds. The remainder of the day is filled with pelagic birding in waters of the eastern Santa Barbara Channel, nearby islands, and time permitting waters south of the islands.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $130
  • Senior (55 and up): $130
  • Military (Active): $130
  • Ages 13+
  • 9 Hours
  • Landing Trip

Other

These offerings may be seasonal; posted at times, concealed at other times

HARBOR HOLIDAY LIGHTS CRUISE

Take in harbor views of festive Ventura Harbor decked in lights! Cruise Ventura Harbor in marinas and part of the Ventura Keys. Seating available inside the lower cabin and upstairs. Dress Warm and Please NO HIGH HEELS. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks are available to purchase with credit card or cash. No outside alcohol permitted on board. Please notify us if you have special boarding needs. Dine and shop downtown or the harbor before or after your cruise.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $20
  • Senior (55 and up): $18
  • Child (3-12): $14
  • Infant (under 3): $0.00
  • All Ages
  • 1 Hour
  • Ventura Departure

VENTURA BOAT RIDE

All ages • Variable Duration • Enjoy the ride, no landing

Sometimes you just want to get out on the ocean. Midday trips primarily transport campers to and from the park and often sail with light loads. Extra seats on these trips are sold at a discount for those who want to see the islands and hopefully find some wildlife in transit. The inbound leg of this trip will pick up passengers at the island and is frequently more crowded on the ride home.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $45
  • Senior (55 and up): $41
  • Military: $41
  • Child (3-12): $32
  • Infant (under 3): $0.00
  • All Ages
  • Varies
  • Ventura Departure

VENTURA MEMORIAL CRUISE

Memorial at Sea • 1 hour • Private Charter

Fares:

  • Memorial Private Charters: $700
  • All Ages
  • 1 Hour
  • Oxnard Departure

OXNARD MEMORIAL CRUISE

Memorial at Sea • 1 hour • Private Charter

Fares:

  • Memorial Private Charters: $505
  • All Ages
  • 1 Hour

VENTURA WINTER WHALE WATCH

Join us for a winter whale watching excursion looking for Gray Whales! Cruise and search for Gray Whales and other local marine life on this winter whale watching cruise.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $45
  • Senior (55 and up): $41
  • Military (Active): $41
  • Child (3-12): $32
  • Infant (under 3): $0.00
  • All Ages
  • 3.5 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip

1/2 DAY ISLAND WILDLIFE CRUISE

Cruise out to the Channel Islands in search of local marine life! Please Note: This wildlife cruise will stop briefly at Anacapa Island to offload passengers who booked the island landing trip.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $45
  • Senior (55 and up): $41
  • Military (Active): $41
  • Child (3-12): $32
  • Infant (under 3): $0.00
  • All Ages
  • 3.5 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip

OUTER ISLAND WILDLIFE CRUISE

These trips focus on finding wildlife in the Marine Sanctuary and along the shorelines of the outer islands of the Park. Visitors stop to view secluded beaches often filled with pinnipeds (seal/sea lions) and travel over waters typically teeming with wildlife, including whales, dolphins and dozens of pelagic and migratory bird species. These trips also visit Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island.

As part of their route, vessels stop at Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands to drop off / pick up passengers visiting the National Park.

Fares:

  • $100 per person
  • Ages 13+
  • 10 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip

VENTURA PELAGIC BIRD TRIP

Look for a variety of seasonal pelagic species including the newly named species Townsend’s Storm-Petrel. Heading south of Channel Islands, we will search deep waters and warm currents for this range restricted Storm-Petrel. Other possibilities are tube-noses: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Leach’s Storm-Petrel; Pink-footed, Flesh-footed (rare), Sooty, & Buller’s Shearwater.

Fares:

  • $175 per person
  • Ages 13+
  • 10 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip

VENTURA SUMMER WHALE WATCH

Join us for a summer whale watching excursion looking for Humpbacks and Blue Whales! Cruise and search for Whales and other local marine life on this summer whale watching cruise. Summer Whale Watches are longer in duration than Winter Whale watches due to greater distances traveled.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $79
  • Senior (55 and up): $74
  • Military (Active): $74
  • Child (3-12): $64
  • Infant (under 3): $0.00
  • 6 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip

Anacapa Island Shoreline Cruise

Wildlife Cruises are 3 ½ hour non-landing trips that include a narrated crossing of the Santa Barbara Channel, a shoreline cruise of Anacapa Island including Arch Rock, seal and sea lion rookeries, and any wildlife encountered along the way. These trips frequently make brief stops at Anacapa Island to drop-of and pick-up visitors of Anacapa.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $45
  • Senior (55 and up): $41
  • Military (Active): $41
  • Child (3-12): $32
  • Infant (under 3): $0.00
  • All Ages
  • 3.5 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip

OXNARD WINTER WHALE WATCH

Join us for a winter whale watching excursion looking for Gray Whales! Cruise and search for Gray Whales and other local marine life on this winter whale watching cruise.

Fares:

  • Adult (13-54): $45
  • Senior (55 and up): $41
  • Military (Active): $41
  • Child (3-12): $32
  • Infant (under 3): $0.00
  • All Ages
  • 3.5 Hours
  • Non-Landing Trip

SCI SCRUB-JAY & PELAGIC BIRDS

View Scrub-Jays on Santa Cruz Island and cruise the Santa Barbara channel for pelagic birds! Although primarily a non-landing trip, this trip allows approx. 1 hour on Santa Cruz Island to observe the endemic Island Scrub-Jay and other terrestrial birds. After reboarding, there will be ample time to explore the SB channel for more wildlife and birds, then allowing us to motor along the coast of Anacapa Island and look at the groups of seabirds congregating for the nesting season.

Fares:

  • $125 per person
  • Ages 13+
  • 9 Hours