Santa Barbara Island

Pier Closure by NPS Cancels all trips in 2019

Due to damage sustained during storms in the winter of 2015-2016 the National Park has closed the landing pier at Santa Barbara Island for an unknown duration.  Island Packers has no trips planned for 2019 at this time.  The National Park has no date for completion of the repairs to the landing pier.


Santa Barbara Island is the only southern Channel Island in the park. This island is the smallest of the Channel Islands, yet it is big on wildlife and adventure.

Hiking trail to Arch Point on Santa Barbara Island

Visitors step from the boat onto a ladder and climb to a small dock. From the dock there is a ½ mile trail that leads to the top of the island.

Located about 55 miles from Ventura County, travel time is 2.5 to 3 hours depending on harbor of departure. The longer channel crossing increases the opportunity to see a variety of wild life such as whales, dolphins, and seabirds.

Photo by Bill Dewey

The isolation of this island makes it an ideal place for many species of nesting seabirds and also for breeding seals and sea lions.

There is no potable water and no shade trees on this island, so bring ample water, a hat or visor, and sunscreen.

Photo by Michele Wassell

This small island is rich in native flora, with a number of island endemics.  Like the other Channel Islands, the spring wildflower bloom is colorful, yet many of the endemic plants actually bloom in the summer and fall, on this island