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Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour at Channel Islands National Park

If exploring a cave is spelunking, then exploring a cave by kayak is … spelayaking?! Whatever it is, this truly unique cave-kayaking adventure at Channel Islands National Park is a wonderful way to get an in-depth perspective of the the marvelous caves here.

Kayaker inside cave at Channel Islands National Park Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour

Even if you’re totally new to kayaking, the experts at Channel Island Adventure Company will get you set up and safe on the water to spend a few hours paddling around on the Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour. It’s the most popular tour at the national park, and for good reason!

Channel Island Adventure Company guides getting kayakers ready for the sea kayak adventure tour at Santa Cruz Island

You’ll paddle into and through the magnificent sea caves at Santa Cruz Island. Once you get the hang of steering your vessel, you’ll be looking up and down and all around as you learn about the wildlife inhabiting the area, including ospreys perching high on cliffs. If luck is on your side, dolphins might coast beside you or a migrating whale may appear in the distance.

Two Kayakers on Adventure Sea Kayak Tour by Channel Island Adventure Company

The adventure is a boon of opportunity to enter caves of all shapes and sizes. Keep an eye out for California sea lions; they like to use cave shelves to dry off and warm up. Get your bragging rights photos as you course through caves, some containing blowholes for a little extra splash.

Kayaker outside a cave at Santa Cruz Island Channel Islands National Park

Cave kayaking at Channel Islands National Park, two kayakers outside a cave at Santa Cruz Island

Just don’t drop the camera—this is spelunk, not kerplunk. When you’re done, there should be enough time before the ferry departure to get in a quick hike up to Cavern Point, where you might just see the small island fox, endemic to six of the eight Channel Islands, and found nowhere else in the world. Then again, you may just be so giddy on the water you’ll be begging your guide for just one more cave “spelayak”… or whatever you want to call it!

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