Two Island Trip – Prisoners Harbor SCI and Anacapa Island

Photo by Doug Mangum

New this Fall, 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. This excursion provides narrated transportation and optional naturalist-led hikes at both landings, where visitors can see both the subtle differences and stark contrasts between these two islands.

Photo by Dan Harding
Photo by Dan Harding

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.

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. 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.

Photo by Dan Harding
Photo by Tim Hauf

Island Packer vessels have a limited snack bar and galley available, however passengers choosing this trip should be ready for a big day of boat rides and hiking. There are no amenities for sale on the island and passengers will need to bring all food and water for their time ashore.



We will be adding additional trips as our schedule adjusts & changes  to accommodate the construction areas in the National Park.  Check Back for the Updated Schedule

Two Island Excursion Schedule


To book this trip, you must call Island Packer 805-642-1393. 

        We are working hard to make this and other multi leg trips, new this fall, available for online booking                     in the near future.


CAMPERS: Are now able to add an Anacapa Island camp experience to their trip without returning to the mainland

Rates for this trip are based on one-way fares and include transportation to and from the mainland and the shuttle. One-way fare for day trips are: Adult  $29.50,  Senior $27.00,  Child $20.50. (12 & under). The shuttle cost is: Adult $18.00, Senior $16.50, Child $13.00 (12 & under)  Total Trip Cost is:  Adult $77.00, Senior $70.50, Child $54.00 (12 & Under)