Santa Barbara Island Closed Due to Storm Damage
Santa Barbara Island is closed to public access due to damage from the recent storms to the pier landing ladder. The closure will be in place until a new ladder can be fabricated and installed. The closure is expected to last over a month. More »
Public Closures on Santa Barbara Island
Certain Santa Barbara Island trails are closed to all public entry to proctect breeding populations of California brown pelicans. More »
While park staff does not offer any curriculum-based educational programs on the islands, guided hikes for the general public are offered throughout the year and students may attend these programs. No reservations (except boat transportation reservations) are required for these guided tours.
Island Packers, an official park concessionaire, offers a variety of student programs, from half-day whale watching to full-day Anacapa and Santa Cruz Island trips. For more information visit Island Packers or call (805) 642-1393.
Park rangers broadcast Live Dives and Live Hikes from Anacapa Island. These broadcasts can be viewed in classrooms, at the park visitor center, and by park visitors on Anacapa Island. See Distance Learning for more information.
Did You Know?
Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island is one of the world’s largest known sea caves. The cave measures 1215 feet in length (the size of more than four football fields), has a 160 foot entrance, and is almost 100 feet wide.