Northern Channel Islands “Ultimate Adventure”
Board the “Truth” the night of Thursday September 8th (after 7pm) and return by 5pm on Sunday the 11th
- Bunk Diagram
- What to Pack
Itineraries are subject to change without notice due to changing ocean conditions.
Thursday September 8th at 7pm: Board the TruthThe “Truth” is your home for the next 3 days as we cruise the Northern Channel Islands National Park. We board after 7pm, selecting a bunk in the ship’s belly. There are bunks for 38 people, but only fill the ship to 24 passengers, making the bunk room more comfortable and roomy. This is an open, horseshow shaped, co-ed bunk room. Each bunk has a reading light, blankets, pillows, and a curtain. There is good ventilation, and with the hum of the ship’s motor while we cross the channel, any snoring will be drowned out by the white noise of motor sailing. The ship departs officially at 4am, but we’ll be asleep below when the ship shoves off.
Crossing to San Miguel IslandGetting to San Miguel Island is one of the more difficult crossings but entirely worth the trip. It can take 4-5 hours from the Santa Barbara Harbor to arrive, but conditions and heavy seas can either extend this time, or force us to abort and head to another island destination. Since we 3 days aboard the ship, we’ll be watching the weather very closely to make the most of good conditions in the Western portion of the islands when we can. If we can make it to San Miguel, we almost always can kayak and hike there. The kayaking is spectacular… breathtaking actually. After a 3-4 hour paddle we’ll get back onboard the Truth and have a hot lunch, fueling up for our afternoon hike up Nidever Canyon to the top of San Miguel Island. If possible, we’ll make our way to Lester Point for an amazing view of the Western most island in the National Park.
Santa Rosa Island HikingOur second day (of Plan A) is to arrive at the SE side of Santa Rosa and hike to the Torrey Pines forest, one of only 2 in the world. This hike is full of unmatched vistas, endemic flora, and cultural middens. The hike can take most of the morning, and we’ll hop back onto the Truth before lunch to make our way to the World’s Largest Sea Cave… Painted Cave.
Western Santa Cruz Island- Painted CaveIt’s known in all parts of the world as the longest sea cave in the world, Painted Cave rests on the Northern part of the West side of Santa Cruz. The caves around Painted Cave are equally amazing, some bear the names of “Sharks Tooth” “Cave of the Mist” “Boomers” “Blimp Hanger” etc. The paddle is one-way, downwind, and takes around 3-4 hours. After paddling, we’ll have time for a snorkel at Quail Rock, and then head to our resting anchorage for the night.
Arches of AnacapaOur last day takes us to the smallest of the Islands on our journey, Anacapa Island. Smallest in size doesn’t also suggest the size of adventure, as we paddle 5 miles down the Northern part of Anacapa Island, weaving in and out of volcanic coves and through tunnels, arches, and misty sea caves… you’ll be feeling larger than life on this experience. We complete the paddle through the Anacapa Arch on the East end, loading back up on the Truth to perhaps jump back in the water and snorkel with Sea Lions!
Whales and Dolphins on the Way HomeAs we load up our toys and begin the journey home, you can relax on the sun deck, reading your book, taking a nap, or searching for creatures in the middle of the Santa Barbara Channel. We plan to arrive back in the SB harbor at 5pm, where all you have to do is grab your duffel and disembark… just in time for Game of Thrones!
Truth Bunk Layout – First Come-First Serve
What to bring on your “Ultimate” 3-day island adventure
- Reusable water bottle, camelback for hikes if desired
- Bathing suit (you will wear this under the wetsuit we provide for kayaking)
- Towel (there is a hot shower)
- Warm clothing, layers-layers-layers!
- Water shoes that cover the whole foot or that have a heel strap
- Hat or Visor
- Synthetic layer for extra warmth such as rashguard, polypro top or other synthetic top
- Sunscreen/Lip Balm
- Sunglasses w/ safety strap (example: Chums or Croakies)
- Waterproof camera or dry case for camera
- Personal medication
- Day Pack – 20 liters or less
- Sleeping Bag or Blankets
- Basic Toiletries
- Adult Beverages in a cooler if desired
- Nice SLR Camera if you have one
Hot Galley Food
A galley chef will provide fresh cooked meals 3 times per day.
Meals vary based on the chef’s preference. We have family style dinners each evening with the entire group in the Galley. Please let us know if you have any allergies or are a vegetarian so we can prepare for that ahead of time.
Beverage Bar: Cups are provided for you to fill with a variety of sodas, juices, milk, and hot drinks such as tea and coffee.