Channel Islands Adventure
Channel Islands National Park is one of the most unique wilderness destinations on the continent and an absolutely ideal destination for outdoor adventure! Aboard a private vessel fully equipped with expedition sit-on-top kayaks, snorkeling and fishing gear and a full staff of naturalist guides, this is not your typical cruise. With thousands of years of isolation creating a wonderfully diverse assortment of animals, plants and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth, it's no wonder this place is considered the Galapagos of North America! We will enjoy hiking along white sandy beaches and among ancient forests; kayaking with otters and sea lions inside the world's largest sea cave; snorkeling in crystal-clear water through stunning kelp forests—this trip has it all! After full days of activity on water and land, we'll enjoy wonderfully prepared meals of locally sourced organic foods prepared by our very own live-aboard chef. Our Channel Islands Adventure Cruise is one of the only ways to experience the unique ecology of this virtually inaccessible island oasis.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown a day in advance.
Channel Islands Adventure Itinerary:
Day 1 Get acquainted with your fellow adventurers and guides during your introductory kayak lesson in the Santa Barbara Harbor.
Day 2 Experience the serenity and remoteness of the amazing San Miguel Island by paddle and foot today.
Day 3 Kayak to Santa Cruz Island and explore the Painted Cave, the world's longest sea cave!
Day 4 Explore the rugged and shoreline of Anacapa Island and awe at the natural arch as we slowly work our way back to the mainland.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions.
Contact REI Adventures prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
Professional instruction; National Park naturalist guides; all permits and fees; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; 3 nights live-aboard accommodations; kayaks and kayaking equipment; wetsuits; snorkeling equipment.
Transportation from your hometown to group meeting point,; California fishing license or fishing equipment (available for purchase at the Sea Landing); insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages; soft drinks; guide gratuities, and items of a personal nature. Daily Parking Fee of $3.00 per day with validation ($12 without).
Santa Barbara – SBA, 15 minutes
Los Angeles – LAX, 1 hr 45 min
There are no provided transfers from the airport to our group’s meeting point. Trains, buses and taxis are available from Los Angeles and Santa Barbara airports.
This trip is rated Moderate  as we plan to kayak 2-4 hours per day in moderately rough conditions. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and to avoid sore muscles, we suggest that you engage in a regular exercise regimen beginning at least three months prior to your departure. Most important to your enjoyment of the trip is your overall fitness level.
Daytime temperatures usually range between 50° - 80° F, with evening temperatures dropping to the 40s - 60s, depending on the month. Evening temperatures can dip to 40° in early June and late September. You may encounter cool and rainy conditions including fog and wind, so adequate raingear is important.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Channel Islands Adventure
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. Try to bring only what is necessary—this will help you and the field staff.
Daytime temperatures usually range between 50° - 80° F, with evening temperatures dropping to 40s - 60s, depending on the month. Evening temps of 40 degrees are possible in early June and late September. You may encounter cool and rainy conditions including fog and wind. Rain is a possibility, so adequate raingear is important.
- Kayaks (singles are the standard, doubles can be provided with advance notice)
- Life jacket and spray skirt
- Cooking gear and eating utensils
- Group first-aid kit
- Farmer-John Wetsuits for Kayaking
- Snorkels, Masks, Fins
- Sheets to place on bedding or sleeping bag if preferred
- Rain jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
- Rain pants, waterproof and breathable
- Sweater or jacket, wool or fleece
- Thermal underwear top and bottom or Capilene/polypropylene inner layer
- Synthetic T-shirts
- Long sleeve shirt
- Long pants
- Wool or warm synthetic socks
- Paddling gloves
- Beach towel
- Wool or fleece hat
- Sun/rain hat
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Toiletry kit
- Sun block and lip balm
- Water bottle - 1 quart is best
- Favorite snacks
- Insect repellent
- Light weight hiking boots
- Wetsuit booties, water sport sandals, or thin soled flexible tennis shoes (bootie rentals available in advance from our field partner)
- Camera and memory
- Extra dry bag for personal gear (small)
- Small binoculars (7x or 8x is best)
- Full Wetsuit for snorkeling/diving
- Paddling Top or Rash Guard Layers
Things to Consider
- There are some significant Channel crossings that can be rough at times. If you are prone to sea sickness, we recommend bringing Dramamine or some other motion sickness remedy just in case.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.