Cruising the California Channel Islands for Education, Recreation and Research since 1968
Home Office: Ventura Harbor
1691 Spinnaker Drive, #105B
Ventura, CA 93001
Satillite Office: Channel Islands Harbor
3550 Harbor Boulevard
Oxnard, CA 93035
Adult 13-54 years of age $105.00
Child 3-12 years of age $84.00
Senior 55 years of age and up $95.00
Infant 2 years of age and under $00.00
Must be Reserved
San Miguel Island is the most northern island in the Channel Islands National Park. San Miguel Island day trips are offered only a few days a year during the fall months. Travel time on a direct route from the Ventura Harbor is 3 to 3.5 hours and the crossing is often highlighted with sightings of Humpback Whales and various species of dolphins. Departures are at 8:00 am and return to the Ventura Harbor between approximately 6:30 and 7:00 pm.
The day trips occur in September and October when the ocean conditions are the best for the skiff landing on the beach. San Miguel Island has no pier. Passengers depart the transport vessel for the ride to shore in an inflatable skiff through the surf. Landing can be wet depending on the current conditions. Visitors to this island should protect their day gear for the possibility of a wet landing.
Once ashore day visitors can explore the white sand beach of Cuylers Harbor, hike up the steep canyon trail to the Cabrillo Monument or the historic Lester Ranch area on their own.
Guided hikes offered to other areas of the Island may include the Caliche Forest, and Lester Point. The guided hikes are considered strenuous hikes and are enjoyed by hardy hikers. San Miguel Island trails beyond the ranch area must be guided by a National Park ranger or National Park volunteer. Time ashore on a day trip does not allow for the 16 mile hike to Point Bennett to view the pinnipeds.