Island Packers Cruises open during pier construction at Scorpion Cove & San Cruz Island

Island Packer Cruises, established in 1968, will continue to operate its regular trips for day visitors and campers to the Channel Islands National Park. Visit

During construction, the park boat concessioner, Island Packers, will be offering alternative destinations for visitors to experience. The company will offer daily trips to Prisoners Harbor on Santa Cruz Island, weekend winter trips to Santa Rosa Island, and special day trips to lesser known island destinations. They plan to offer extended wildlife cruises including visits to the Painted Cave, one of the largest known sea caves in the world as well as multi-island day trips and inter-island camper shuttles to expose visitors to the great diversity of the Channel Islands. Rates below are for the day trips, for camping rates, regular schedules, rates and special trips.

Anacapa Island landing trips on selected dates

$ 59 for adult; $ 54 senior; and $ 41 for children.

Guided hike or on your own the 1 ½ mile loop on East End Anacapa Island.

Prisoners Harbor, mid Santa Cruz Island landing trips on selected dates

$ 59 for adult; $ 54 for senior; and $ 41 for children.

Options for the day visitor:

Guided hike from Prisoners Harbor to Pelican Bay are 2 to 5 miles. Ability to hike round trip or one way with a pick up or drop off via shore boat (Moderate to strenuous level).

Painted Cave cruise and two hours ashore at Prisoners Harbor for approximately 2 hours (Moderate)

Guided hike thru the Canada Del Puerto selected days (Moderate)

Hike the National Park roads towards east Santa Cruz from Prisoners Harbor (Moderate)

Kayak tours along shoreline with Channel Island Adventure Company or kayak rentals available through Channel Island Kayak Center.

Island Packers is the authorized concessionaire servicing the Channel Islands National Park and has been family-owned and operated since 1968

Seeking a holiday gift for an adventuresome person? From half-day whale watching and wildlife cruises to holiday caroling cruises and all day trips that land on Anacapa, Santa Cruz or Santa Rosa to the Channel Islands, Island Packers, the official boat concessionaire of the Channel Islands National Park, invites shoppers to give the gift of cruising for the holidays ahead.

Shoppers can now purchase the experience of cruising by Island Packers cruise when they buy a gift certificate via phone now through the holiday season. With a quick call, gift givers can make the purchase using a bank debit card or any major credit card, and the gift certificate is mailed directly to the gift recipient. Island Packers cruises can also be booked online for family and friends throughout the holiday season and throughout the New Year.

For a complete list of what is scheduled via Island Packers from both Ventura Harbor Village and the Channel Islands Harbor beginning this month, visit

Campers have the option to camp on all the islands, as part of Islands Packers scheduled visits, as well as some inter island camper shuttles to one or more islands while camping. Visit the company’s website for schedules and dates.

Advanced reservations are advisable. For information, reservations or to purchase gift certificates, call 805-642-1393, or visit Island Packers at 1691 Spinnaker Dr., Suite 105B, in Ventura Harbor Village. Also available in the Ventura location are souvenirs, books, t-shirts, sweatshirts for sale that make for great holiday gifts.

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