Channel Islands National Park

Located just 26 miles away from Santa Barbara lies the world famous Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. This pristine piece of wilderness, also known as the Galapagos of the Pacific, is bursting with marine life such as whales, dolphins, sea lions and other life forms found nowhere else on earth. The National Park encompasses five diverse islands in all (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara) and is a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was.

Close to the California mainland, yet worlds apart, these islands possess not only biologic diversity, but incredible geologic wonders such as Painted Cave, one of the largest and deepest sea caves in the world. Qualified sailors can charter a cruising yacht out to these islands on their own, or one can hire a US Coast Guard licensed captain to explore these gems from two days to two weeks. In addition, our upper division ASA sailing courses offer overnight trips to the Channel Islands National Park for expert training.

For the experience of a lifetime, come and enjoy one of North America’s truly magnificent treasures. The Santa Barbara Channel makes for a challenging and beautiful area to sail and cruise. With the broad spectrum of conditions accessible within the Santa Barbara area, we are able to accommodate the sailor of all levels.

Our Liveaboard Instructional Sailing Vacation package offers a great trip to the islands where you’ll experience marine life and scenery like nowhere else on earth.