Outer Island Kayaking

Photo by NASA - Channel Islands National Park Islands

Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands

Kayaking at Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands require expert ocean knowledge and experience at open ocean kayaking.

Weather conditions can change rapidly in this area and kayakers should be able to spot changes in swell and wind conditions.  Strong wind can prevent you from returning to your original departure beach.

You must reserve kayak transport space when booking your Island Packers transportation.

Channel Island Kayak Center does not rent kayaks for these islands.


Santa Barbara Island

Santa Barbara Island offers beautiful clear water and a warmer water temperature than the northern islands.   There is no beach at the launch area so kayakers must carry the kayak down to the launch platform located under the pier.  Sea Lions and Seals make their home on this island, so wildlife viewing is always fun.

Kayaking north towards Arch Point or south towards the Sea Lion Rookery provides great wildlife viewing, sea caves, and arches. Experienced kayakers can circumnavigate the island's five-mile coastline.

Kayak rentals are not available through Channel Island Kayak Center for this island.