Day Three – Channel Islands
No trip to Ventura is complete without an adventure into one of the most unforgettable nature experiences on the coast of California. Island Packers offers a multitude of cruises to the iconic Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. From animal viewing cruises, sea cave kayaking, hiking day trips, picnicking, to overnight backcountry campouts, there’s an adventure on the islands for everyone. If you want to delve below the waves, the Channel Islands offer opportunities for world-class diving. Explore underwater kelp forests, or wreck diving through WWII ship and airplane wrecks. Channel Islands Adventure Company can get you outfitted with snorkeling equipment or a sea cave kayaking tour, while Channel Islands Provisioners can set you up with healthy, hearty, locally-sourced, restaurant-style lunches, delivered to you at convenient pick-up locations. Meal packages–which are designed island-appropriate and zero-waste–are available for both day trips and overnights. Choose between Anacapa, Santa Cruz, or Santa Rosa islands, be sure to book ahead of time and early in your itinerary in case trips are postponed due to inclement weather. If you want time to camp overnight, consider combining days three and four.