The Channel Islands are one of the least visited and isolated of all of our National Parks. That is the exact reason my wife and I chose this as the last stop for our California vacation. It does take about an hour boat ride to make it to Anacapa Island, the closest of the Channel Island to the California Coast. We departed from the Island Packers docks at 9am. Once past the breakwater, it did get a bit choppy so you may want to bring dramamine or a simliar medication if you get seasick easily. Once on the island, we had 4 hours to explore. We chose to hike out to Inspiration Point with the ranger who explained the history, flora and fauna of the islands along the way. We decided to picnic at the point since the view was just beautiful. This island is a breeding ground for the California Gull, so expect hundreds of birds and noise...especially if you hike too close to any chicks are in the immediate area.
This is a very isolated place so make sure to bring plenty of water. Sunscreen and a good pair of shoes that can be used for hiking are also essential. A camera is maybe the most important part of any trip here since the scenery is absolutley amazing.
Our captain ended our journey to Anacapa by cruising past Arch Rock and getting close to groups of sea lions that sun upon the rocky beaches there. The trip back to the mainland was much less choppy than the outgoing trip and made for a relaxing end to a perfect day. I'm not sure if we would spend the time and effort to get out to the islands again, but we are glad that we did take the time to do it at least once!
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