Discovery Sea Cave Kayak Tour: 9:30am Kayak Tour

Duration: 02:30 (Approx.)

Our Discovery Sea Cave Kayak Tour is a shortened version of our Adventure Sea Cave Kayaking Tour, with 1.5 hours of paddling instead of 3 hours. Channel Islands National Park offers a diverse array of recreational activities from birding to hiking to snorkeling to exploring the history of the island. Our Discovery Sea Cave Kayak Tour is great for first timers to the island who want to be able to experience numerous activities on the island. Also if you prefer a later start or just want a shorter kayaking tour at the Islands then this trip is for you!

Meets on Santa Cruz Island daily 9:30am
(This tour coincides with the arrival of the 8am ferry from Ventura). 

Trip includes
  • 2 person (tandem) ocean kayaks*
  • Kayaking gear (paddle jackets, helmets and wet suits as necessary)
  • Knowledgeable guide(s) on natural history and marine ecology
  • Basic kayaking instruction
*For single or odd-numbered parties, 1 person (single) ocean kayaks will be provided

Ferry Tickets: Ferry tickets must be purchased to get to the island. This tour requires an 8am ferry from Ventura. You will be given the option to purchase these in the checkout. If you already have your ferry tickets with Island Packers you can skip this option, please let us know your departure/return times in the comments. If you have booked a later ferry than 8am directly with Island Packers or there are not enough ferry tickets when you checkout, please call our office at 805-884-9283 and a reservationist can process your booking on the phone.

Ferry return times vary depending on the time of year and day of the week. Your ferry will depart from Scorpion Anchorage anywhere between 3:30pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura Harbor between 4:30pm and 7:00pm). If you would like to know your exact ferry return time for a specific date, please call or email us.

Level of difficulty: Beginner through advanced welcome. Children under 12 must ride in double kayak with a parent. For more information on difficulty levels please review our recent blog post. Minmum age for kayaking is 5 years old.
Paddling time and distance: 1.25 miles, 1-1.5 hours of actual paddling.
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To help us customize your tour, please rate your ocean/white water kayaking experience level on a 1-5 scale. (1 = no kayaking experience, 3 = experienced kayaking on flat water, 5 = very experienced with ocean/white water kayaking).


This booking will be non-cancellable within 7 days of your trip. See details in “Our Policy.”

We require a minimum of 20 hours in advance to book this activity online. Alternatively, you can contact our office directly (805-884-WAVE (805-884-9283) ) to inquire about short-term bookings.

Discovery Sea Cave Kayak Tour: 9:30am Kayak Tour