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Kayaking Around California's Channel Islands


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The water is very clear, too.
California's Channel Islands, located just off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura, are a National Park dream-come-true for marine nature lovers. The crystal clear Pacific channel waters, many mysterious and eerie sea caves, breathtaking cliffs, abundant wildlife, and mild weather combine to lure expert kayakers and novices alike to explore their natural wonders. Each encounter with the caves, tunnels, arches, grottos, and blow holes is a unique blend of sights and sounds created by submarine fissures and openings, and the contorted volcanic island formations. And the sheltered paddling areas very often are without surf or strong winds.
 
Sail to the islands and enjoy kayaking along spectacular coastal cliffs, giant sea caves, and abundant tidal pools in this adventure off the southern California coast. Explore Santa Cruz Island, which has earned the reputation of being its own Galapagos with over 145 native species such as the island monkey flower and the island scrub jay. Learn about this area's rich cultural history, which includes 9,000 years of Chumash Indian habitation. Experience grasslands, chaparral and pine forests while swimming and kayaking along scenic and breathtaking beaches. Come and discover one of world's best-kept secrets.

Comprised of five in a chain of eight southern California islands near Los Angeles, Channel Islands National Park is home to a wide variety of nationally and internationally significant natural and cultural resources. Over 2,000 species of plants and animals can be found within the park. Even though the islands seem tantalizingly close to the densely populated, southern California coast, their isolation has left them relatively undeveloped, making them an exciting place for visitors to explore. The park includes the islands of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara.