If the crowds of California are getting a bit much, then it’s high time you took a day trip to the Channel Islands National Park.

These are the adventures I live for. Adventures that test my comfort zone in the middle of extraordinary natural beauty (without the crowds).

Things to do in Channel Islands National Park

In this guide I’ll share with you what you can do in one day and how to take a Channel Islands National Park day trip.

Sea Cave Kayak Adventure at Scorpion Anchorage

To have a seal pop its head up just meters from your kayak, to craftily paddle through Marg Simpson shaped crevices in the rock face, and navigate past rocks with the white wash give you a push is exhilarating.

Go into the dark cave to find your power

Then there was the moment where we sat in the darkness of the Painted Cave grappling with our fears and deciding whether to take advantage of the low tide and paddle into the back room with only the light of a flashlight to guide us.

Have A Picnic on Santa Cruz Island

Once our Channel Islands kayaking tour was over, we found a picnic table to sit with the sun, and the creeping foxes to enjoy a picnic lunch from Channel Islands Provisioners.

Hit The Hiking Trails on Santa Cruz Island

There isn’t much in the way of development on the island, only a campground and a lighthouse, which means the biggest attraction is the nature.

We followed one of the trails from the visitor center up to a viewpoint to look out over Scorpion Anchorage.

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