Channel Islands Harbor


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Discover it for Yourself...

Hop on a jet ski. Catch a glimpse of a whale. Watch the sunset over the ocean. Whether you live around the corner or you're unplugging for a weekend adventure, the scenic Channel Islands Harbor is worth the trip. Just about an hour's drive from Los Angeles, our beach-lined parks and picnic-worthy coastline await you.

If you're into surfing uncrowded beaches, strolling in for a museum exhibition, then rounding out the day with some mouth-watering local cuisine, bring the whole family for an adventure. We have something for everyone!

An instructor assists a student in hiking their sailboat

Explore the Channel Islands Harbor

Channel Islands Harbor is a working harbor that offers fun-filled water activities for the whole family. Hop on a paddle board or kayak, try your hand at sailing or stroll and dine at local eateries.

A humpback whale breaches the water

Adventure in the Pacific Ocean

Watch for whales, go diving, fishing, kayaking and more with our dive centers, boat charters and yacht clubs.

A kayaker wearing a helmet and geared up for cold weather paddles Channel Islands National Park

Discover the Channel Islands

Uniquely coined as "America's Galapagos" discover the teaming ocean environment of five offshore islands through the Harbor's variety of excursions to the Channel Islands National Park.

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A grey whale breaches
Sat 04

2023 Whale Watching Season is Here!

December 12, 2021 - April 30, 2023
Sat 04
Celebration of Whales attendees pictured in their whale hats, from a prior year
Mar 26

2022 Celebration of the Whales Festival

March 26 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

News from the Harbor

A rowing team paddles in the harbor

Karls to Host Community Outreach Workshops Regarding Fisherman’s Wharf Proposal

February 3, 2023

A proposal to revitalize Fisherman’s Wharf into a visitor-serving center, Karls Village, has been provided to the Ventura County Harbor Department. The Karls development team will be present for a…

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Purple and blue light spills from fireworks over Channel Islands Harbor

Channel Islands Harbor to Host Fireworks by the Sea in 2023!

February 3, 2023

Ventura County’s only July 4th seaside fireworks show is back. Ventura County Harbor Department Director Michael Tripp announced today the July 4th Fireworks by the Sea will be brought back…

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February 2023 Director’s Message

February 1, 2023

Mother Nature greeted us with some heavy storm activity in early-January and created some challenges around the Channel Islands Harbor. Dozens of private marina slips were damaged, the wind pounded…

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