• Snorkelers should take a dive boat from the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard to Anacapa Island.
  • Hit the beach on the north side of Frenchy's Cove for good snorkeling.
  • Note that water temperatures range from 55 to 65 degrees; the warmest water is in the summer and fall.
  • Visit from February through April, when the island blooms with native wildflowers. At the end of April, you can hear the squawking of western gulls as they guard their nests of eggs.
  • View television monitors and talk to divers at the Landing Cove via an underwater communication link on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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Expert Review of Anacapa Island

Parks and Outdoors Review of Anacapa Island

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Camping,Whale Watching
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Of all the Channel Islands to choose from, more visitors go to Anacapa Island than any other. Why? Because at only 12 miles from Port Hueneme, it's the closest island to the mainland. The boat ride can take as little as 35 minutes. Anacapa Island is actually three tiny islets, and the only one open to visitors is the largest, East Anacapa.
  • The single trail on East Anacapa Island is a two-mile semi-loop. The trail visits two scenic viewpoints: Cathedral Cove, where you can look down on seals and sea lions on the rocks below, and Inspiration Point, which overlooks the other two Anacapa islets and huge Santa Cruz Island beyond. Birders, bring your binoculars. Thousands of western gulls and brown pelicans nest on Anacapa.
  • Anacapa's beaches are not accessible because of its high cliffs, but you can swim and snorkel at the landing cove. The island's cliffs are riddled with more than 130 sea caves, creating a watery playground for kayakers.

Channel Islands National Park, California
Price: free; $15 per night for camping

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: (805) 658-5730
Fax: (805) 658-5799
Price Information: free; $15 per night for camping
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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