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Cave Kayaking at Channel Islands

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Price: $160.00 /per person

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This is going to be the best day trip of the summer: Let’s go sea cave Kayaking at the beautiful Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands.

Last year we did a great kayaking outing to the beautiful La Jolla caves. The outing was great, except that because of the surf we weren't able to get inside the caves.

The great thing about Channel Island, and particularly this trip, is that we are almost guaranteed to be able to go in the caves. We are going to Scorpion Anchorage, which is on the calm side of the island, at a very protected area. Unless we happen to go on an unusually choppy day, Aquasports told me it is almost guaranteed that we will be able to go in.

Some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world can be found at Scorpion Anchorage. Here’s what the official National Park website has to say about it:

The area of the park that is most popular for sea kayaking is centered around Scorpion Beach on East Santa Cruz Island. This location is a world class destination for sea kayaking because of easy beach access, clear ocean waters, nearby camping, readily available concessionaire boat transportation service and a spectacular shoreline with beautiful sea cave and cliffs to explore.

Perfect! :-)

Itinerary: We’ll meet at the Ventura Harbor at 7:30 am for check-in. The boat pulls away from the dock at 8:00. It takes about an hour to cross the channel unless we see dolphins or whales, in which case they’ll take a little time to follow along and talk about them.

When you get to the island it takes an hour or so to get over to the kayaks, get fitted for gear and to get the basic kayaking lesson and safety talk. Then you go on the water with the guides along the cliffs in one direction, exploring the beautiful sea caves as you go. At some point you turn around and come back past the landing area and explore in the other direction. We’ll be in the water 2.5 to 3 hours.

We’ll then return to the beach to eat lunch, and you can go walking up the canyon or along the cliff-tops, or maybe get in a little snorkeling.

The regular price is[masked] per person. As always, we are getting out Adventure-Us group discount and will be paying[masked] American Dollars. THAT INCLUDES THE FERRY RIDE TO THE ISLAND.

As always, need your payment right away when you RSVP. It is really hard to keep track of who paid and who didn't, so if you RSVP and don't send me the payment I will remove your RSVP so you go back and RSVP again and pay. And if I remove you and someone else takes your spot before you go back and RSVP again, there is nothing I can do. That has happened before, so please make sure to pay immediately when you RSVP. If you would like to come but need A LITTLE time to pay, please let me know, but you do have to pay soon because I have to send them the payment.

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Here are some important points:

- Bring your own lunch (Aquasports is not permitted by the Park to supply food).

- Although we are very likely to be able to get in the caves, there is no guarantees, as heavy surf may prevent us from going in safely.

- Bring beach clothes, but also warm clothes, as the ferry ride will be cold.

And here are some important documents

Click here for more info (http://files.meetup.com/1500491/Channel%20Islands%20Kayaking%20Info.pdf)

Click here for map to the harbor (http://files.meetup.com/1500491/Map%20%26%20Directions%20to%20Island%20Packers.pdf)

Click here for Park Release of Liability that you must sign (http://files.meetup.com/1500491/Channel%20Islands%20Visitor%20Use%20Acknowledgement%20of%20Risk.pdf)

All right let's have some super fun!

See you guys there,

Eduardo.

Please remember that Adventure-Us is not responsible for your safety. We will always do our best to try and make sure everyone is safe, but your safety is ultimately your responsibility.

This will be a physically-demanding trip. Only you know how much you can handle, so make sure you can handle the physical requirements before you sign up, or you might be putting yourself into a dangerous situation. I tried my best to convey the level of effort that will be involved, but if you have any questions, please e mail me. And if you are uncertain, don’t sign up!

By signing up for this trip you are acknowledging not to hold Adventure-Us, its organizers or any of its members responsible for your safety.