Island Packers Cruises

Cruising the California Channel Islands for Education, Recreation and Research since 1968

Home Office: Ventura Harbor
1691 Spinnaker Drive, #105B 
Ventura, CA 93001

Satillite Office: Channel Islands Harbor
3550 Harbor Boulevard 
Oxnard, CA  93035

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(805) 642-1393    
Office Hours 9:00 am  to 5:00 pm 
7 Days a Week
Info@islandpackers.com

Birding Excursions

Special Birding Cruises

    8 Hour Day Trip       February                     $120.00 

  12 Hour Day Trip       July                             $195.00

  11 Hour Day  Trip      October                       $170.00


                     

Birding Excursions Not Recommendent for Children

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February -  8 Hour Trip

Anacapa-Santa Cruz and the Jay

The trip is scheduled to depart from the Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. We will travel aboard the motor vessel Vanguard for a 9-hour event. Typically, we skirt the edge of the Hueneme Canyon on our way to Anacapa Island. We often encounter a variety of seabirds including, Cassin’s Auklets, Scripps’s Murrelets, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Black-vented Shearwaters. We will motor along the coast of Anacapa Island and look at the groups of seabirds congregating for the nesting season. Later we arrive at Prisoner’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island where we disembark for an hour or so to observe the Island Scrub-Jay and other terrestrial birds. On the crossing home, we will have a good stretch of water to cover with more pelagic birding opportunities.

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July - 12 Hour Trip

We Go Where the Birds Take Us

This 12 hour , offshore, deep water, pelagic trip allows you to get out to the offshore waters beyond the reach of most day trips. You will have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine mammals. Our intention is to go south from Ventura towards San Nicolas Island and the banks, knolls, canyons and other productive features in the area. This will give us a chance to look for sought after species like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm -Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Townsend Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet and Craveri's Murrelet. We will decide what our offshore destination will be after reviewing oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help determine where the birds and other marine life may be present of concentrated.

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October - 11 Hour Trip

Fall Migration Exploration

This 11 hour , offshore, deep water, pelagic trip allows you to get out to the offshore waters beyond the reach of most day trips. You will have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine mammals. Our intention is to go south from Ventura towards San Nicolas Island and the banks, knolls, canyons and other productive features in the area. This will give us a chance to look for sought after species like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm -Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Townsend Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet and Craveri's Murrelet. We will decide what our offshore destination will be after reviewing oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help determine where the birds and other marine life may be present of concentrated.

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