While the mainland visitor centers in Ventura and Santa Barbara are readily accessible by car or public transportation, the islands are only accessible by park concessionaire boats and planes or private boat. Advanced planning is highly recommended.
There is no transportation available on the islands. All areas must be accessed on foot or by private boat or kayak.
Public Boat Transportation
For departures out of Ventura and Channel Islands (Oxnard) Harbors contact:
Public Airplane Transportation
Public airplane transportation is available year-round to Santa Rosa Island by park concessionaire Channel Islands Aviation. Flights depart from Camarillo airport. For departures contact:
Visit YouTube for an island flight overview.
Private Boat Transportation
Private Airplane Transportation
Did You Know?
The world's most complete pygmy mammoth specimen was discovered on Santa Rosa Island in 1994. These miniature mammoths, only four to six feet tall, once roamed island grasslands and forests during the Pleistocene.