Channel Islands Ferry – How to get to Channel Islands, California

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The Channel Islands Ferry

The Channel Islands Ferry services by Island Packers are your best bet on how to visit the archipelago. This guide will show you the best ways on how to get to the Channel Islands so you can enjoy this national treasure. There’s 2 official ferries with daily trips to the national park, but we’ve found some more interesting and great ways on how to get to the Channel Islands. Read on to see all the ways you can get here.

Channel Islands Ferry at Channel Islands Harbor

Channel Islands Harbor Ferry

Channel Islands Harbor is where most ferries to Anacapa and Santa Barbara Islands Depart. Getting there is a short drive from the Victoria exit on the 101 Freeway. Want to Island Hop from Anacapa Island? Start your trip from the Channel Islands Harbor then take the inter island shuttle to Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa. Be sure to check out the Island Packers website for ferry schedules are fares. The Channel Islands Harbor location also has wildlife cruises available.

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Ventura Harbor Ferry

The Island Packers location at Ventura Harbor village is where most ferries depart and return. This location also provides kayak tours, island cruises, island hopping rides, whale watching, wildlife tours, and day trips to the Channel Islands. If you are camping on any of the islands you will need to secure your transportation to the islands before reserving a campsite.

Channel Islands Ferry at Ventura Harbor

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Visit the Official Island Packers Website to reserve your Channel Islands Ferry ride.
Learn more about visiting Channel Islands National Park.

Other Ways on How to Get To Channel Islands National Park

We’ve compiled a great list on how to get to Channel Islands National Park with some great alternatives.

How to get to Channel Islands National Park

Private Boat or Charter

Sail or motorboat your way to the Islands. Channel Islands National Park allows for private boaters to access all 5 islands throughout the year. Before boating check weather conditions and boating regulations at the Channel Islands National Park Visitor’s Center or website. Personal watercraft such as Jetskis are not allowed on the Islands.

 

Take a Diving Tour

The majestic kelp forests of the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary is one of the best ways to explore the Channel Islands. You can find diving tours at Channel Islands Harbor and Ventura Harbor Village. Ventura Dive & Sport has PADI diving classes for beginners. The best bet for experienced divers would be Channel Islands Dive Adventures and the Spectre Dive Boat. If you’re into free diving then the Peace Dive Boat is where you’ll want to be. Be sure to check out our guide to scuba diving the Channel Islands kelp forests.

Scube Dive the Kelp Forests at Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary

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Learn more about scuba diving the kelp forests at Channel Islands National Park Marine Sanctuary

Air tours to Channel Islands National Park

Tour the Channel Islands by Air

Nothing is as breathtaking as a taking a helicopter tour over the Channel Islands and Ventura County Coast. Orbic Helicopters in Camarillo is the only way to tour the Channel Islands by air. There’s no landing permitted on the Islands so if you plan to spend time on land, the Channel Islands Ferry is your best bet.

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Visit these regions of Ventura County Coast

Camarillo
Oxnard
Ventura
Port Hueneme
Channel Islands National Park

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Ventura County Coast

Ventura County Coast is a string of four communities that radiate warmth from welcoming people and California sunshine. The region embodies the casual and active spirit of classic, where the seafood is fresh, the beer is handcrafted and the weather is the kind you dream about. Spend the day exploring miles of beaches, incredible harbors or lush green golf courses. Hop on a boat for a day trip to the Channel Islands National Park, where you can see breathtaking views of the Southern California coastline. With a bustling culture, high end and vintage shopping, a lively culinary spirit and beautiful outdoor experiences, Ventura County Coast calls on every visitor to find their vibe. From hiking and biking to sailing and snorkeling, from shopping and dining to just plain relaxing, Ventura County Coast will fill your days with a lifetime of memories.

Camarillo

Camarillo

An hour north of Los Angeles, Camarillo is nestled at the base of the Conejo foothills surrounded by verdant green fields and cool ocean breezes. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, enjoy Camarillo alfresco. From outdoor shopping and concerts, to delicious dining and fun events, Camarillo has it all. With small town charm and a rich history, it is the place for romantic weddings and corporate venues. Visit the historical sites and museums during the day, and walk along Old Town for dinner and drinks at night. A great getaway for everyone, Camarillo is the ideal place to Come for the Sun, Stay for the Fun.

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Oxnard

Oxnard

Rally your tribe and head for the Central Coast. California cool, panorama-perfect, culturally authentic and vibrant beyond measure. Oxnard is home to miles of pristine white sand beaches, electric nightlife, some of the best taquerias in the state, historic Victorian era architecture, the California Strawberry Festival, and an expansively picturesque harbor that serves as the closest access point to the Channel Islands National Park. Just sixty miles northwest of LAX and in close proximity to Santa Barbara and other major destinations, Oxnard is one of California’s best kept secrets.

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Ventura

Ventura

A place that embodies a casual soul and unexpected allure, Ventura is a vibrant town that checks stress and pretense at the door.  Its artistic culture, enduring history and privileged locale is crazy-inviting, very much alive, and refreshingly human.

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Port Hueneme

Port Hueneme

Just sixty miles northwest of Los Angeles, in the heart of the Central Coast, you’ll find Port Hueneme, the friendly city by the sea. Port Hueneme is the place for travelers looking to dig their toes in the sand, take a long walk, drop a fishing line off the pier or just kick back and relax. With walking and biking trails winding throughout the city and a perfect climate almost year round, you can revive your soul in Hueneme.

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Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park is an American national park that consists of five of the eight Channel Islands off the coast of the U.S. state of California, in the Pacific Ocean.

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