Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

News & Naturalist Blog

Know Before You Go

Island Packers: Championing Responsible Tourism and Whale Watching in the Channel Islands

Over 55 years have passed since the christening of the Island Packer boat and the opening of Island Packer’s business, providing adventure tours to Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands back in the late 60s. Many boats have come and gone over the years and now Island Packers has four boats that are larger, faster, and…

New Reservation System for 2024

Island Packers is pleased to announce a new reservation system at the start of 2024. Our new streamlined system will offer greater freedoms when booking your trip. Details that previously required assistance from our reservation team will now be available for passengers to book themselves, including: The ability to make, change, update or cancel your…

Camper Transport – What You Need to Have & Bring

What to Know: Please arrive at your harbor of departure a full hour before your departure time. Late arriving gear may not be loaded onto the boat. Santa Cruz Island at Scorpion and Santa Rosa Island have fresh/potable water. Anacapa Island, San Miguel Island, Santa Cruz Island at Prisoners/Del Norte Campground & Santa Barbara Island…

Get the National Park Mobile App!

One app, every park at your fingertips. The NPS App is the new official app for the National Park Service (NPS) with tools to explore more than 400 national parks nationwide. Help plan your trip and enrich your visit to Channel Islands National Park with this official, free app. Digitally explore the park—by map or…

Island Day Trip Preparation

Booked your trip? Read this post for what to know before you go! Please arrive at your harbor of departure 45 minutes before your scheduled mainland departure. Pack food and drink for your time on the island. A small cooler with a single handle or a backpack will help to protect your food from the…

Protect The Channel Islands National Park – Bio Security Video

Non-native, invasive species threaten endangered animals and plants on the Channel Islands and are costly to control. Please watch the following video on bio security regulations and guidelines to help prevent the introduction and spread of nonnative species before they become a problem.  

Get the Latest Weather in our Area

Weather is important. It can cause cancellations, a rough boat ride, or a truly beautiful day. Have the latest information to help plan your trip. Click here to view the latest Marine Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service.