Island Packers Cruises

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

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(805) 642-1393     
Office Hours 9:00 am  to 5:00 pm 
7 Days a Week
Info@islandpackers.com

Santa Cruz Island 

Day Trip Fares

Adult             13-54 years of age                 $59.00

Child             3-12 years of age                   $41.00

Senior           55 years of age and up         $54.00

Infant            2  years of age and under     $00.00
Must be Reserved

Camper Transportation

Adult           13-54 years of age               $79.00

Child             3-12 years of age                   $57.00

Senior           55 years of age and up         $74.00

Infant            2  years of age and under     $00.00
Must be Reserved

At over 96 square miles in size and the largest island in California, Santa Cruz contains three mountain ranges; the highest peak on the island (rising above 2000 feet); a large central valley/fault system; deep canyons with year round springs and streams; and 77 miles of craggy coastline cliffs, giant sea caves, pristine tide pools and expansive beaches.

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These varied land forms support more than 600 plant species in ten different plant communities from marsh and grasslands to chaparral and pine forests. There are 140 land birds and 11 land mammal species; three amphibian and five reptile species; a large colony of nesting sea birds, breeding seals and sea lions and other diverse marine animals and plants.

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The island is also rich in cultural history with over 10,000 years of Chumash Indian habitation and over 150 years of European exploration.

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Owing to millions of years of isolation many distinctive plants and animal species have adapted to the island’s unique environment, including the island scrub-jay and eight plant species found only on Santa Cruz Island and nowhere else in the world.

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Remnants of the ranching era also can be seen throughout the landscape of the island. Adobe ranch houses, barns, blacksmith and saddle shops, wineries and a chapel all attest to the many uses of Santa Cruz in the 1800 and 1900s.

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Seasonal Highlights
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From about February through April the hills of Santa Cruz Island are green as native flowers bloom. Scorpion Canyon and the Potato Harbor trail are excellent places to see wildflowers. 

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December through mid- February, migrating Gray Whales can often be observed from Cavern point on East Santa Cruz or the bluffs of Mid Santa Cruz as the whales pass near the island.

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he Prisoners Harbor to Pelican Bay trail has some of the best wildflower displays on the island. Intensity and duration of the bloom differs a bit each year in seasonal base on rain fall.

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In summer through fall, the ocean conditions are usually ideal for kayaking and snorkeling. Endemic island wildflowers including island buckwheat and asters are in bloom.

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