Multi-Port day trips allow visitors to explore two island destinations in the same day. Passengers on these trips spend a little more time on the boat but fill-up their day with a greater appreciation for the variety of ways to enjoy the Park.

Ticket Type

Age
Range

Round Trip
Day Trip Fare

Adult

13-54 Years

$ 82.00

Senior

55 Year +

$ 75.00

Child

3-12 Years

$ 60.00

Infant( Must Reserve)

Under 3 Years

$ 00.00

Fares for either multi port day trip are the same. If you wish to add the Painted Cave Excursion while camping at Prisoners Harbor or shuttle over to Anacapa Island, to camp, from Prisoners Harbor you must book the trip before you depart from the mainland. Additional Cost is Adult $16.00 – Senior $14.50 – Child $13.50 (These are also the additional fares above the cost of a Prisoners Harbor Day Trip for either trip offered on this page.)

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This is the button to click when reserving a Painted Cave Trip in our reservation system. Times will vary.

Prisoners Harbor with
Painted Cave Excursion

Destination #1 Painted Cave – Santa Cruz Island

Painted Cave excursions originate on select departures to Prisoner’s Harbor. Crossing time to Prisoner’s is approximately 1.5 hours, more if we find wildlife in the channel. After a brief stop at Prisoners, the boat continues to Painted Cave along the north shore of Santa Cruz. Our 64′ catamaran will enter the first chamber of the cave to view one of the largest known sea caves on the planet.  There is no landing at Painted Cave, but the photos and memories should be unforgettable.

Lookout on the Pelican Bay Trail
Photo by Tim Hauf
Prisoners Pier and Day use Area
Photo by Tim Hauf
Destination #2 Prisoners Harbor

After visiting Painted Cave, the vessel returns to Prisoner’s Harbor, where passengers have approximately 3+ hours to spend the remainder of their day hiking, picnicking and exploring Prisoner’s Harbor. Prisoners Harbor has a recently renewed wetlands area. The National Park and The Nature Conservancy together recovered this area once lost to ranching needs.

Painted Cave
Photo by Doug Mangum
Painted Cave
Photo by Tim Hauf

This is the button to click when reserving a Two Island Trip in our Reservation System. Times will vary.

Two Island Day Trip

Two Island Day Trip visitors to Channel Islands National Park can hike on two islands in one day, spending approximately 2½ hours on both Santa Cruz Island and Anacapa Island. Whether on a photo-expedition, bird-listing or craving to see as much as you can in a day, this trip might be for you.

Island #1 Santa Cruz – Prisoners Harbor

Travel first to the largest Island in California, Santa Cruz, to make landing at Prisoner’s Harbor. Enjoy leisurely beach time and water access, or a join the informative guided hike to learn more about the natural and human history of this rugged beauty.

Approching the Prisoners Pier
Photo by Doug Mangum
Introduction to the Wetlands
Photo by Andrea Mills
Island #2 Anacapa Island -East End Landing

After approximately 2 ½ hours ashore, passengers re-board and enjoy the comfort of an Island Packer catamaran to make passage from the largest of the Northern Island chain next door to the smallest; Anacapa. Here, passengers climb 153 steps to see some of the best views in California. Once on top of this cliff-lined island, visitors will view the abundant bird life that takes refuge here.

Arch Rock-Anacapa Island
Photo by Doug Manugm
Aerial View of Anacapa Island
Photo by Dan Harding

The absence of fresh water, and resulting lack of predators, makes this an ideal place for gulls, pelicans and other pelagic species to nest and forage year-round. Approximately 1 ½ miles of nature trail can be enjoyed with a self-guided tour booklet or with an island naturalist.
After your time ashore at Anacapa, passengers will be treated to an up-close look at the landmark of Channel Islands National Park; Arch Rock, and the seals and sea lions commonly seen in the adjacent waters, before making passage home.