Co-captain Matt took great care of my wife who's prone to seasickness but has zero this trip. There are plenty of marine mammals on the islands. On board they have a working galley that sells snacks and drinks, but I didn’t get any so can’t speak to the prices or quality etc. I hiked. The National Park Service info was informative and told the history of the land. So I was excited to go out again! I highly recommend this tour operator who is a great example of the type of concessions operator the park service needs more of. 274 reviews of Island Packer Cruises "aside from the euphemism that you can draw from the name, this was a great experience. Cruises … Didn't get to see a whale, but saw other wildlife and loved the rock formations around the island. But there are tons of landing trips and even overnight camping trips to Anacapa and many other islands! The islands offer lots of fun for the entire family. Island Packers visits all five of the islands that make up the Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary. The captain even stopped in the channel for a while to see if the whale would reappear. Island Packers, Ventura: See 563 reviews, articles, and 557 photos of Island Packers, ranked No.2 on Tripadvisor among 20 attractions in Ventura. around the island solo, but they give a good introduction talk. If you're cool with that you will like it here. Conducting tours and providing transportation since 1968, Island Packers … Good team work. View our Island Trips for details on day trips, camping, island … The dolphins swam beside the boat for a good portion of the trip. Quark Expeditions "Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake" cruise itinerary (duration 7 or 8 days) visits King George Island and the Antarctic Peninsula without cruising the Drake Passage (instead of flying over it). Reviewed On 9/08/2011 by Rebecca S. The majority of our guests were coming to CA from the east coast so we wanted to have something special for them. There are two Island Packers offices. Highly recommend using Island Packers … We did not see any whales (not the season) but did see some seals on the rocks from afar. Had naturalist available to answer questions... Recommended experiences in and around Ventura. Awesome day trip! Hotels near Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path, Hotels near The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park, Hotels near Ventura County Museum of History & Art, Hotels near (LAX) Los Angeles Intl Airport, Hotels near (SBA) Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, Hotels near Modern Institute of Technology, Hotels near ITT Technical Institute - Oxnard Oxnard, CA, Hotels near Center for Employment Training, Hotels near California State University, Channel Islands, Hotels near Cal State Channel Islands Camarillo, CA, Hotels near Colleges of Law - Ventura, CA, The Robert J. 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Nature led hikes ashore on Anacapa or Santa Cruz Island, camp, kayak or whale watch. This was hands down the best part of our trip. For more than 50 years, Island Packers Cruises at the Ventura Harbor has introduced visitors to Channel Islands National Park and the richness of the ocean. We were very impressed. Well run, ran on time. Saw dolphins on the trip out. While visiting the islands you can hike, camp, kayak or take a guided wildlife tour. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. Island Packers Cruises. I’d taken a day trip out to Santa Cruz Island with Island Packers years ago and spent the day hiking and picnicking on the island and it was awesome! The island is a must see. I hiked around the island … With the guidance of the crew we spotted a blue whale and several humpback whales. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. Hiking guide Dave did a great job on the trail. Recommend sitting on the bottom level and moving to the front of the boat if dolphins are seen. The crew were all super friendly and it is … However, I thought a day trip was plenty of time to get a great hike in.