Island Packers Cruises is the Official Boat Concessionaire for the Channel Islands National Park. We offer year round transportation to the “local islands” Santa Cruz and Anacapa. We offer trips to the “outer islands”, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara (NPS Closure) from March through November on a limited schedule.

Island Packers Cruises also offer trips that get close to the Channel Islands without going ashore which are designed so you can to view the abundant wildlife found in the waters of the Channel Islands National Park and the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Seasonally, in summer and winter we offer Whale Watching trips.

Other special trips for birding and trips to special areas of Santa Cruz Island that are property of The Nature Conservancy are available as scheduled. We also have Harbor Cruises with dinner and live music during the Summer months.

Summer & Fall Camping Availability

Camping in a National Park usually requires advance planning.  This is true in the Channel Islands National Park.  Weekend (Saturday) campsites sell out months in advance.  Santa Cruz Island, Scorpion Campground is full on all Saturday nights through October.  This chart will give you some idea of what to expect when you look for campsite availability in Channel Islands National Park.  Although weekend campsites may be full we have many day trips available, especially during the week.

Island Trips and Wildlife Viewing Options

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