Call Us For Discounts: if you have six or more people in your party, or if you have already made your ferry or campsite reservations, or if you have all your own camping gear.
Itinerary: The first day of a multi-day trip is the same as for a 1-Day trip. Most days we meet in Ventura at the harbor at 7:15 - 8:15 in the morning for check-in, and the boat pulls away from the dock at 8:00 - 9:00. Check your Service Agreement for actual departure times. It takes about an hour to cross the channel unless we see dolphins or whales, in which case they'll take a little time to follow along and talk about them.
When you get to the island it takes an hour or so to get over to the kayaks and get fitted for gear, and to get the basic kayaking lesson and safety talk. Then you go on the water with the guides along the cliffs in one direction, exploring the sea caves as you go. At some point you turn around and come back past the landing area and explore in the other direction.
You return to the beach around 1:30 or 2:00. Then you can eat lunch at the beach or go and set up camp. The rest of the day is open for hiking up the canyon or along the cliff-tops, swimming, or relaxing at camp.
The next morning you get up and eat breakfast, and make lunches and put them into freezer ziplock bags to take them with you in the kayaks. You take camp apart and set your gear aside, so that the site is ready for the next occupant. Then you head out in the kayaks before the ferry arrives in the morning, and paddle to a remote cove, picking up sea caves that you can't get to in a 1-Day trip. You eat lunch in the cove and explore the area for an hour or more, and come back to the landing in time for those who are returning that day to go up and get any camp gear left in the campgrounds, and take it to the beach. Pickup time will be around 3:30 - 4:30, getting back to shore around 5:30.
If you're a 3-Day person, you have another evening to do as you please -- and the next day you have several choices. You can go hiking all day to another historic ranch house at Smuggler's Cove, or to the highest peak on that end of the island (with or without a guide). You can go kayaking again in a different direction that has no new sea caves (but is beautiful nonetheless), which takes you around the east end of the island between Santa Cruz and Anacapa islands. Or you can hang around camp or the beach and just relax. This day sometimes is used for the day-2 itinerary if the weather is marginal on earlier days. Pickup time will be around 3:30 - 4:30, getting back to shore around 5:30.
All Prices Include: single or two person kayaks (subject to availability), and all kayaking gear on-site. All prices are PER-PERSON, not per-kayak.
Prices That Include Our Ferry Resercations and Fees, and Campsite Reservations and Fees, also include: kitchen/dining camping gear (list below), single or tandem kayaks and kayaking gear at the island, a basic kayaking lesson and safety talk including dealing with sea caves and island paddling conditions, and naturalist guides to accompany, advise, inform, and assist you on the water. All prices are PER-PERSON, not per-kayak.
Comparison: Guided kayak trip pricing compares very favorably to guided hiking trips in other National Parks, which cost around $160 per day and have no kayaks and gear nor ferry costs included.
Scheduling: From April through November trips are scheduled for every weekend, and many weekdays. From December through March trips are scheduled upon demand. Trip scheduling opportunities are added and changed too frequently to be kept current on the website: call or email us! Scheduling limitations may include: the availability of ferry spaces, campsites, kayaks, guides, and other logistics, so book your trip absolutely as soon as you determine your desired dates.
Map to Departure Location for This Trip
Call Us For Discounts: if you have six or more people in your party, or if you have all your own camping gear.
Itinerary: If you have prior kayaking experience and are physically fit enough to go 11 miles over two days, this trip has it all! The first day you will paddle the local Scorpion sea caves, the same as with any other Scorpion trip. But the second day, you will shuttle to Prisoners Harbor on the ferry with your kayak, and paddle back to Scorpion, visiting all of the sea caves that are available at East Santa Cruz Island -- many of which are not attainable on any other trips. Plus, you'll have an entire third day free for more paddling, or for hiking or lounging around. A challenging and very rewarding trip!
Price Includes Our Ferry Reservations and Fees, and Campsite Reservations and Fees, and also includes: ferry shuttle from Scorpion Landing to Prisoners Harbor on the middle day, kitchen/dining camping gear (list below), single or tandem kayaks and kayaking gear at the island, a basic kayaking lesson and safety talk including dealing with sea caves and island paddling conditions, and naturalist guides to accompany, advise, inform, and assist you on the water. All prices are PER-PERSON, not per-kayak.
Map to Departure Location for This Trip
1. A wheeled cart for camping gear transport from the landing to your campsite (~1/3 mile).
2. Bulk drinking water container, so you can have water at your campsite.
3. Camp Stove with fuel, and Lantern
4. Kitchen Items:
• Cookset (3 nesting pots, 3 lids/frypans)
• Pot, large, w/ lid
• Cooking Utensils Bundle (2 spoons, 1 spatula, 1 ladle)
• Knives, large and small
• Cutting Boards
• Salad/Storage Bowl w/ lid
• Forks, Spoons & Knives
• Table Cloth
• Dish Towel, Pot Holder
• Salt and Pepper
• Paper Towel Roll
• Can Opener, Corkscrew
• Coffee Filters
• Coffee Filter Holders
• ZipLock Bags, large and small
• Emergency Flash Light
• Dish Washing Supplies
• Trash Bags (you must secure and haul out your trash)
5. Bring your food in your own coolers and critter-proof plastic tubs -- 50 quart maximum size, 45 pounds maximum single-item weight.
The campsites have tables and benches, restrooms with toilet paper, and potable water spigots (but no showers.)
Additional Available Camping Gear: We have a limited number of 2-person tents and single sleeping bags (with liner and pad), each at $20 per night.