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I love to plan family travel adventures with our four kids. Encouraging time in nature, National Parks travel, backpacking and hiking are my passions and I love to write about them.


  • Hi Tricia,

    Thanks for updating your blog so frequently! I love reading your adventures. I went to channel islands when I lived in LA, it is so great, but I highly recommend sea cave kayaking while you are there (we saw sea lions everywhere!). For us, the highlight was definitely getting out on the water.

    • Kalyn- I am so excited to visit Channel Islands and will look into sea kayaking while there! Did you go on a tour or bring a kayak to tour on your own?

      • We did a tour with santa barbara adventure company. I believe it was 3-4 hours total.

        I highly recommend a tour because the waves are huge (very choppy out there)! We were knocked over several times and without a guide, I would have been worried about drifting out. You also need the guide to find the sea caves and estimate how far you can go safely with the current. We did see a couple bring their own kayaks on the boat, but they really struggled on the water. You may be able to negotiate a good rate if you have such a large group, because when we went, all of the kayaking companies only had around 6 people total.

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