10 Must-Know Tips Before Visiting Channel Islands National Park


Channel Islands National Park is a national park that encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. 

Located off the coast of Southern California, these Channel Islands National Park include Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara.

Transportation to the islands is available year-round only by park concessionaire boats and planes or by private boat.

Plan ahead


The weather on the islands can change quickly and vary from the mainland.

Check the Weather


There are no services or facilities on the islands. Bring your own food, water, camping gear, and trash bags.

Pack your Essentials


Each island has its own unique features and attractions. 

Choose your Island


The islands are home to many endemic and endangered species of plants and animals.

Enjoy the Wildlife


Many trails and roads traverse the islands, providing visitors with spectacular hiking opportunities.

Go Hiking


Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore the islands’ rugged coastline and sea caves.

Go Kayaking


The islands offer some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world.

Go Snorkeling or Diving


The waters around the islands are a prime habitat for whales and dolphins.

Go whale watching


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Camping is available year round on all five islands in National Park Service-managed campgrounds.

Go camping


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