Channel Islands Harbor


Today at the 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
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A candy-coated aquamarine/teal classic sports sedan from the 60s or 70s ; with chrome trim and whitewall tires
Jun 16
4th of July fireworks pictured over Channel Islands Harbor (prior year's celebration)
Jul 04

2024 Fireworks by the Sea

July 4 @ 10:00 am - 9:30 pm

News from the Harbor

2023 chaulk art

April 2024 Director’s Message

April 1, 2024

As we welcome the fresh air of the spring, there’s no better place to spend time outside than at the Channel Islands Harbor. One of the Ventura County Harbor Department’s…

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Whales Festival Attendees Invited to Help Paint Community Mural Honoring Santa Barbara Channel’s Worldclass Designation

March 21, 2024

Attendees who attend the 25th Annual Celebration of the Whales Festival are invited to help paint a mural that honors the Santa Barbara Channel’s recent designation as a Whale Heritage…

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Whales Festival Chalk Artist Leaves Permanent Mark at Channel Islands Harbor

March 14, 2024

Clifton “Clif” Gold has attended each of the last four Celebration of Whales Festivals at the Channel Islands Harbor. Clif is a chalk artist who takes a 6-hour drive from…

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