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Planning your Channel Islands Adventure

Santa Cruz island

In April of this year (2015) we were featured in Sunset Magazine. The Channel Islands was the cover story most notably as an “overlooked park”. But what does this type of publicity do to an “overlooked park”? It brings people to “look” at it! And while we love the publicity and all of the interest, we are finding people need a little more information about how to plan an adventure to an off-shore island…. Read more »

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Planning your Channel Islands Adventure

Santa Cruz island

In April of this year (2015) we were featured in Sunset Magazine. The Channel Islands was the cover story most notably as an “overlooked park”. But what does this type of publicity do to an “overlooked park”? It brings people to “look” at it! And while we love the publicity and all of the interest, we are finding people need a little more information about how to plan an adventure to an off-shore island…. Read more »

World Ocean Day!

humpback whale

Last week a 100,000+ gallon oil spill soiled the Gaviota Coast from a ruptured on-shore pipeline. Fortunately the Channel Islands were not affected, but the result of which has affected numerous species of marine birds and mammals. All of our operations continue to run and there hasn’t been any impact at the Channel Islands, nor do we expect there to be any. It has however sparked a very interesting conversation about off-shore drilling and… Read more »

Carbon Off-Set Adventures

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Each year we purchase carbon credits from Carbonfund.org in order to neutralize our impact on the earth. We calculate the amount of carbon we off-set by determining how much fuel the ferry burns on a 20 mile journey across the Santa Barbara Channel and divide that by the average number of passengers on the ferry each day. We then use a formula that calculates how many metric tonnes of carbon is emitted when 1… Read more »

Deliberately Delicious

Food-hero

Getting food to our clients on island trips has been a challenge we have struggled with for over 20 years. Health code issues, sanitation, transportation, costs, and waste disposal are some of the major obstacles we have faced over the past two decades. Last year however, Neal Rosenthal and Julia Huffman from Channel Islands Provisioners came to our rescue. Neal ran into my fiance, Kaia, at the Santa Barbara Farmer’s Market (she works with… Read more »

5 Common SUP Beginner Mistakes

Darren Forward Stroke

Standup Paddle Boarding (SUP) is for everyone. Well, it can be for everyone. Sadly, there are those who become deterred after their first paddle and sign off on the ocean sport. So what exactly goes wrong for that percentile of potential paddlers? Is it the cold wet element or the sore muscles the morning after? There are countless reasons this comes about, but what it boils down to is the sport is more technical… Read more »

Initiation Paddle

Night Kayak

It was late June and a warm night was about to fall. I had let the rest of the staff go home and I stood behind the counter, counting the sales for the day. I heard a group coming through the back door and looked up to see a gaggle of guides, mermaids and friends mosey through the back door. They shouted their hellos and set about socializing and putting on gear. I watched… Read more »

A Locals Guide to Santa Barbara

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I recently moved back to Santa Barbara after being away for four years and it feels like I am seeing the town in a whole new light. When asked where I was from, the most common response I received when I spoke of my hometown was “Why did you leave?” To tell the truth, now that I am back, I really don’t know. Santa Barbara has so much to offer whether it is windy… Read more »

Mermaids Sighted on Ocean Day

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When my sister and I were younger, we were infatuated with the Disney Princess “The Little Mermaid”. All we wanted was to grow up to be mermaids and swim “under the sea”. This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to make that dream come true. I attended the World Ocean Day celebration put forth by Channel Islands Outfitters and the Save The Mermaids. The ocean-friendly group consisted of men and women who cleaned up… Read more »

It is our mission to save the oceans and natural places by fostering an understanding of them through education, adventures and outdoor experiences.