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San Miguel Island
Doug Mangum
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Tim Hauf
Quick Links
Visitors going ashore on San Miguel should be prepared for an inflatable boat transfer from the main boat to the beach of Cuyler Harbor. The landing can be wet as the landing may take spray from wind or a splash from a wave in the surf zone. See Packing Tips for beach landings.
Seasonal Highlight
Michele Wassell
Photographers Links
To visit the interior of San Miguel Island an island ranger, Island Packer employee or a National Park volunteer naturalist must accompany hikers. If you travel to San Miguel with Island Packers, the National Park will have staff on the island during the camping season.
Michele Wassell
San Miguel is well known for the strange formations of the Caliche Forest (sand casts of ancient tree trunks and roots) that can be viewed on a day visit. Point Bennett has one of the largest congregations of seals and sea lions found anywhere in the world. This a 16 mile round trip guided hike is available to island campers.
Most trips scheduled to San Miguel Island are for camper transportation. During September and October special trips are scheduled for day visitors when the weather and sea conditions can be the most ideal for the channel crossing and beach landing. 2013 Days Trip are September 7 & October 19.

There is no potable water, and no shade trees on this island, so visitors should bring ample drinking water, a hat and sunscreen. Lunch, snacks, and water should be carried in a day pack. You may also bring a small ice chest if you are planning on just exploring the beach at Cuyler Harbor
Check the Quick Links below to View a hiking guide of San Miguel
When returning from San Miguel you will travel along the north side of Santa Cruz and view the Painted Cave (sea conditions permitting), a large sea cave on the western end of the island.
San Miguel is truly a special place. During the entire season that Island Packers travels to this island you have a chance to view marine mammals, including the possibility of Humpback and Blue Whales.
Throughout the spring and summer different age groups of elephant seals will haul out to molt on the sandy beaches, sometimes right inside Cuyler Harbor.
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2014 San Miguel Island Trip Schedule
San Miguel Island Fares
Day Trips
Camper Transportation
Adult - 13-54 Years
Child - 3 to 12 Years of Age
Senior - 55 Years and Older
Senior - 55 Years and Older
Child - 3 to 12 Years of Age
Adult - 13-54 Years
Infants - Under 3 Years of Age (Must be Reserved)
Infants - Under 3 Years of Age (Must be Reserved)
San Miguel Island trips are set up to be camping trips.
Two days this year we offer a day trip to this island.
Camping Trips Dates:
San Miguel, the furthest island west, is about 58 miles from Ventura Harbor and travel time, including stops at Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Island to pick up or drop off passengers, is about 3.5 - 4 hours. When traveling to San Miguel, Island Packers often travels along the south side of the scenic Santa Cruz Island coastline. San Miguel Island is truly the backcountry of the Channel Islands National Park.
The Local Islands
Day Trip Dates : Saturdays, September 6 & October 18, 2014
Driving Directions
San Miguel is both remote and exposed to the ever-changing elements at the western portion of the Santa Barbara Channel. Visitors should be prepared for a wide range of conditions including sun, fog, cool temperatures and wind. . The white sand beach and steep 1.5-mile canyon hike, have beautiful examples of native vegetation, and are open to all visitors.
Trip Preparation
The Outer Islands
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Non-Landing Cruises
Main Office:
Ventura Harbor
1691 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, Ca 93001

Satellite Office:
Channel Islands Harbor
3550 Harbor Boulevard
Oxnard, CA 93035
(No Mail)

805-642-6573 Fax

Office Hours
Main Office
9:AM to 5:00 PM
& One Hour Before Boat Departure
Seven Days a Week

Satellite Office:
Open One Hour Before Boat Departure
Day trips available Saturdays September 6 & October 18, 2014 ONLY
FRI May 23 to Mon May 26

FRI June 27 to MON June 30

FRI July 4 to MON July 7

Mon July 7 to Fri July 11

FRI July 25 to MON July 28

FRI August 8 to MON August 11

FRI August 29 to MON September 1

MON September 1 to SAT September 6

FRI September 26 to SUN September 28

FRI October 10 to MON October 13

MON October 13 to SAT October 18
San Miguel Island
has been CLOSED
until further notice.
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