This is one of the most spectacular and undiscovered boating destinations in California. The 5 islands hosts hidden beaches, sea caves, wildlife and scenery. To get there you need to cross the Santa Barbara Channel. By boat the the shortest distance to the park is from Channel Islands harbor in Oxnard California. At 12 miles, the first Island is Anacapa and boaters are greeted by the famous arch rock, a 40′ high, natural rock bridge. Boater can also see a light house on top of the sea cliff which is 277 ft high. The sea conditions are usually the calmest in in morning. Since Anacapa is 6 miles long and it peak is nearly 1000 ft high, it provides boaters shelter from wind and waves. Boaters can drift and have lunch while hearing the sea lions barking at the base of the islands cliffs.
Santa Cruz is the next island which is the largest island in California at 22 miles. It’s highest point is 2,430 ft. In addition to numerous secluded coves and beaches, the island host the largest sea cave in the world known as painted cave. It is nearly a quarter mile deep. The are many caves to explore by kayak or dingy along the islands north side. With 77 miles of coastline surounding the island, you could see something new overtime you visit.
For more info and a great video, here is a link to the Channel Islands National Park.