Expedition National Park

From USD $2,245.00
  • Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Santa Barbara, Ca
  • Product code: PRYSFZ

Epic 4 Night 5 Day Voyage Through the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary

CIEx is an Expedition Guide owned company and this tour has been curated by the owners over the past 20 years. 

Cruise through the Northern Channel Islands on an unforgettable adventure where you will kayak each day and hike and snorkel/dive at carefully selected locations in the National Park and Marine Sanctuary..  Land on remote white sand beaches, explore less-visited trails, kayak through the world’s largest sea caves, watch playful pinnipeds, and dive or snorkel in an underwater kelp forest wilderness. 

Come experience one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world!

Early boarding on the VISION begins at 10am the day of your departure. Drop off your gear and explore Santa Barbara and the waterfront. 
Drop off your personal belongings and check in with the crew on your boarding day. If you arrive early enough, you can enjoy a day on the town in Santa Barbara or take out a complimentary kayak, paddle board, or surfboard from our sister company Paddle Sports Center for an hour. Enjoy a day at the beach, grab some food at a local restaurant, or take a stroll out onto the historic Stearns Wharf and get an ice cream cone!

Check-in and welcome dinner is at 6:30pm with a mandatory orientation for all passengers starting at 7:00pm. This is where you'll get to know your crew and fellow passengers and we'll go over all of the mandatory safety information about the VISION and the expedition. 

Some Places we visit and operations we conduct:

  • San Miguel Island

    1. Kayaking with Elephant Seals and California Sea Lions at Harris Point.

    2. Hiking white sandy dunes and giant coreopsis forests. 

    3. Snorkeling/diving Prince Island Marine Reserve

  • Santa Rosa Island

    1. Kayaking Arlington Canyon where the oldest human remains in North America were found.

    2. Hiking the Torrey pines forest, only 1 of 2 places int he world where this tree is found. 

    3. Snorkeling/diving/surfing the waters of Southeast Anchorage.

  • Santa Cruz Island

    1. Kayaking Painted Cave, the longest and arguably the largest sea cave in the world that you can kayak into.

    2. Snorkeling/diving the underwater Arch at Valdez

    3. HIking at Santa Cruz Island, Prisoner’s Harbor

  • Anacapa Island

    1. Kayaking along the sea cave river and a California Brown Pelican nesting area, the only place in North America where these birds lay their eggs.

    2. Snorkeling/diving in the Marine Protected waters of Anacapa Island, Jauc Custaua’s favorite place to dive in the world. 

    3. Hiking to the world famous “Inspiration Point”.

Sample Day Itinerary

  • 7am continental breakfast

  • 7:30am wake-up call

  • 7:30-8:30 am hot breakfast served in the expedition lounge.

  • 8:30am Expedition team briefing about the plan for the day

  • 9:00a-12p morning ocean operations (kayaking) 

  • 12:30-1:30pm lunch and repositioning of the vessel. 

  • 2:00-5:00 afternoon land operations (hiking)

  • 5:30-7:30p snorkeling, diving, reading, journaling, happy hour 

  • 7:30p Dinner in the expedition lounge .

  • 9pm-10pm Evening entertainment 

10p-7a quiet hours

What’s Included aboard the VISION
  • Private bunk in temperature controlled bunk room.
  • Private showers and vanity sinks.
  • 5 star galley services w/ beverage bar with locally sourced healthy meals provided each day.
  • Evening presentations by the guides/naturalists about the Channel Islands.
  • 15 foot support boat for island landings and cruises. 
  • Guides and naturalists for kayaking and hiking.
  • Tandem or single person kayak w/ backrest, seat, and adjustable paddle
  • 3mm farmer john wetsuit for kayaking
  • Lifejacket (PFD) and Cave helmet
  • Mask and snorkel and fins
  • Free O2 dive tank refills for those who bring dive gear.
Trip Specific Information
  • Minimum Age:  10 years old
  • Begin Boarding: 5:30pm departure night.
  • Boarding Buffet: 6:30pm on departure night.
  • Return to Santa Barbara Landing by 5:00pm on the final day of your trip.