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Mermaids Sighted on OCEAN DAY

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Giving Back 1% For the Planet

In July of 2013 Channel Islands Outfitters became a 1% for the Planet partner thus promising to donate 1% of our gross sales to nonprofit organizations in the community. Over the past 2 and a half years CIO has contributed more than $25,000 in cash donations plus another $10,000 in-kind service donations (kayak, SUP rentals and tours). We support organizations that “further the protection of the oceans and natural places through preservation, protection, and… 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 »

A Locals Guide to Santa Barbara

Lead Guide tours channel islands national park

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 »


I just recently watched the documentary film called The Whale. This film showcases the life of an Orca, named Luna, stuck all alone in the fiords of British Columbia; a place called Nootka Sound. It is a beautiful story about humans and whales that I highly recommend (bring along some tissues!). If you have an urge to visit a whale in person, then the Santa Barbara Channel beckons you! The amicable California Gray Whale… Read more »

FREE T-shirt with Caves and Coves trips in November

It’s been almost 20 years since humans have been absent at the Channel Islands for 3 weeks straight. Who knows what has happened since the Oct 1st Government Shutdown! Perhaps the foxes have learned to talk (and if you haven’t already seen the video “What does the fox say“, check it out… pretty hilarious!). And also check out our new Island Fox t-shirts. And our Island View t-shirts. We use organic cotton American Apparel… Read more »