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

Santa Rosa Island

Day Trip Fares

Adult             13-54 years of age                 $82.00

Child             3-12 years of age                   $65.00

Senior           55 years of age and up         $74.00

Infant            2  years of age and under     $00.00
Must be Reserved

Camper Transportation

Adult             13-54 years of age              $114.00

Child             3-12 years of age                   $90.00

Senior           55 years of age and up       $104.00

Infant            2  years of age and under     $00.00
Must be Reserved

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At 84 square miles, Santa Rosa is the second largest of the eight Channel Islands. There are two relatively high mountains on the island; Black Mountain, 1298 ft (396 m); and Soledad Peak 1574 ft. (480 m).

However, most of the island is covered by rolling hills. Steep and dramatic canyons, such as Lobo or Water Canyon, cut through the hills and open up to beautiful white sand beaches. Many miles of trails and roads are available for hiking exploration.

The trip to Becher’s Bay from the Ventura Harbor takes approximately two hours if the boat takes the northerly route, two hours and 15 minutes via the smoother and preferred southern route. If the boat is stopping at Scorpion Anchorage, or Prisoners Harbor, Santa Cruz Island, you can add an additional 30 minutes to the crossing. The preferred route takes a track along the south side on Santa Cruz Island because waters are usually much calmer there. But the channel between Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa can be rough.

The landing at Santa Rosa is via a pier at Becher’s Bay. Passengers will step from the boat to a landing and then climb a short flight of stairs to the top of the pier.

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During the crossing, there is a good chance to see dolphins. Blue and Humpback whales may be spotted during the summer months. One of the world’s largest sea caves, Painted Cave, is near the return route to Ventura. If the weather permits the boat will stop there briefly for viewing.

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Acapulco Canyon

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Lobo Canyon

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Santa Rosa lies just beyond Point Conception, so the weather is more like the Big Sur Coast than that of Southern California. Visitors should be prepared for cool and foggy days even in the summer and strong winds are common year-round.

Seasonal Highlights
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Now with trips available March and April you can experience the island drenched in Spring green and wildflowers (rain permitting).  Most of the year the island is brown, so a splash of color makes a spring trip breathtaking.

During the Summer months Blue and Humpback whales visit the area to feed in the nutrient rich waters surrounding the outer islands.
Chances are good for a sighting on a trip to Santa Rosa.

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During the warm fall months winds can lessen making this time of year perfect for exploring the expansive white sand beach and the geological layers of the bluffs that line the shore.

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