Anacapa Island Boat Tour
Visiting the Channel Islands has been on my wish list for years, and I finally went on an Anacapa Island Boat Tour.
Channel Islands National Park consists of 5 islands in Ventura County just off the California Coast. The isolated, rugged islands are unique, so you can see things that don’t exist elsewhere.
Anacapa Island is open to visitors year round, and there are different ways that you can experience the island. There are some areas open for hiking and primitive campsites can be reserved overnight or you can take a boat tour.
I did a half day boat tour with Island Packers, which ended up being a great choice. It was cold and overcast, so I’d rather hike another time when the weather is nicer.
The boat leaves from the Channel Islands Harbor and it takes about an hour and a half to get to Anacapa. Most of the people on the boat were getting off to spend the day on the island, so the captain pulled in to let them off.
Maneuvering the boat at the dock required skill and patience, since waves kept moving the boat away from the dock. Each time we’d get close enough, deck hands would help passengers quickly disembark. Then, they were on their own to climb up 150+ steps and explore.
We then continued our tour along the coastline and learned from the knowledgeable guides on board. It was fascinating to learn about marine life and the history of the area, as we made our way around the island. We saw sea lions, dolphins and a variety of birds, so it was a great day.