Lodi News-Sentinel - - PANORAMA:WEEKENDER -

Is­land Pack­ers, 1691 Spin­naker Drive, Suite 105B, Ven­tura; 805-642-1393. Daily trips from Ven­tura Har­bor to Santa Cruz Is­land. Round-trip adult fares from Ven­tura Har­bor to Scor­pion An­chor­age on Santa Cruz are $59, or $79 for those camp­ing.

Chan­nel Is­lands Na­tional Park, 805-658-5730, which in­cludes Santa Cruz and four other is­lands, has its principal main­land visi­tor cen­ter at 1901 Spin­naker Drive in Ven­tura. The park also has an Out­doors Santa Bar­bara Visi­tor Cen­ter on that city’s wa­ter­front at 113 Har­bor Way, 4th Floor, Santa Bar­bara; 805-4568752. There’s no en­trance fee for the park.

For camp­ing reser­va­tions ($15 per in­di­vid­ual site, up to six peo­ple), go to Recre­ation.gov or call 877444-6777. Sum­mer week­ends are of­ten booked months ahead.

Santa Bar­bara Ad­ven­ture Co., 805-884-9283, and its sub­sidiary Chan­nel Is­lands Ad­ven­ture Co. of­fer kayak tours (ages 5 and older) and rent snor­kel­ing gear. Most is­land kayak­ing tours cost $109 to $179 per adult.

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