Day Trips to the Channel Islands
Leaving from Ventura Harbor
The easiest way to spend a day at the Channel Islands is to pick one of the day trip options offered by Island Packers. They drop off at all the islands and also offer whale watching, kayaking, and other cruises.
If it's your first time to the Islands, head to Anacapa or Santa Cruz Island. They are a lot closer and open all year round. Cost is $59 per person.
Getting to and from Ventura:
If you're planning to take public transit, make sure you look at the Vista Coastal bus times before you book your Island Packers ticket.
Leaving from Santa Barbara Harbor
Truth Aquatics also charters boats to the Channel Islands. They are mostly known for their SCUBA diving trips, but they also do cave tours, snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking. Cost is $90 per person and includes lunch.