Anacapa Island Photos of Islets and Sea Lion on a
Anacapa Island, the Galapagos of California, is beautiful to look at,
photograph and hike on. Just an hour from Oxnard by boat, the trip is
one of those experiences that won't let you down. Pictured above is a
sea lion sitting on a rock at Anacapa.
offers one of your best places to stay for a visit to the Channel
Islands, which is normally a day trip adventure.
miles from the mainland, Anacapa Island is appox. 12 miles from Channel
Islands Harbor in Oxnard and takes about an hour by daily boat
excursions offered by Island Packers, the official concessionaire.
seeking great midweek or
California beach weekend getaways , the Channel Islands is a
national parks governed body of islands that visitors can explore on day
trips or campouts near the California coast off shore of Oxnard, Ventura
and Santa Barbara. A steward of the islands and partner with the
National Parks, Island Packers, runs most the boats over to the islands
on a daily basis.
hikes, diving, snorkeling and kayaking are popular at Anacapa Island, a
year round, accessible island trip offered through Island Packers.
Landing Cove on Anacapa and two destinations on Santa Cruz Island,
Scorpion Anchorage and Prisoners’ Harbor are all accessible throughout
the year. During certain days of the year with very low tides, Frenchy’s
Cove at Anacapa Island is accessible for tidepool exploring. Of the
destinations that offer shore access for diving and snorkeling, Anacapa
and Santa Barbara Islands have some of the more desirable diving habitat
including rocky reefs and kelp forests.
Beauty beyond compare. Flower-studded plateaus are sometimes filled with
nesting seagulls that create their nests both on top of the bushes and
in the vegetation. A large percent of the seagulls in Southern
California are born on Anacapa Island, an oasis and safe harbor for
these birds. Very gentle Southern California climate keeps the island
pleasant. While rats exist on the island and are predators to the
nesting gulls' eggs and baby chicks, there are not many animals of
danger to humans.
side: Sometimes there are so many small flies that if you don't keep
moving, they land on you and cover your clothing and skin. For those who
don't like bugs, it can be annoying. Also, there are no trees, no shade
and no water. Also the island is not very big. It is just five miles in
length and fairly narrow in width.
Exploration is permitted on the East islet accessed by the Landing Cove,
and a small beach on the West islet called Frenchy’s Cove. The middle
islet and most of the western islet remain a wilderness area set aside
for the endangered California brown pelican and other nesting birds. As
you stand on the cliff where the top photo was taken (above), you can
watch pelicans swoop and dive gracefully from their protected habitat on
the middle, untouchable islet (small island.) Like planes coming in for
a landing at Camarillo Airport, they sore massive, steady and often in
clusters. OUt on this mountain plateau, they are amazing to watch. Tours
are offered through
The Channel Islands are the most
important nesting grounds for seabirds on the West Coast. Though damaged
by decades of cattle and sheep ranching, the islands still sport an
impressive array of native plant life. Whales, orcas, and dolphins pass
offshore. Tide pools, a vanishing habitat on the mainland, are doing
well on Channel Islands.
information, write: Superintendent,
Channel Islands National Park, 1901 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, CA
93001-4354 or call, 805-658-5730. Request the brochure: Channel Islands
National Park California, produced by National Park Service, U.S.
Department of Interior
conduct walks on San Miguel, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands. Call
(805) 658-5711 for tour information or (805) 964-7839 for Santa Cruz
Visitor Center in
Channel Island Harbor, 1901 Spinnaker Drive, contains the park
headquarters, featuring exhibits, hands on displays and slide and film
shows about the islands. Mon.- Fri. 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Sat.&Sun. 8
am - 5 pm (805) 658-5730
Our favorite hotels in the area for
Channel Island day trips are:
Sheraton Four Points Resort is
the closest hotel to the boats departing Ventura. The hotel is great! It
has some bay view rooms, restaurant on site and spacious grounds to
wander. I liked the bed in my room, too. Another room that's recently
renovated and a quick 10 - 15 minute drive to the harbor is
Plaza Hotel Ventura Beach. This hotel used to be a Holiday Inn.
It's the one you can see from the 101 Freeway. It overlooks Ventura Pier
where there's a great restaurant and bar for evening sunsets. Or you can
walk downtown. In Oxnard, we keep going back to
Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach. It's on the beach. That says it
5 miles X 55 min. to 1 hour /