Channel Islands Harbor

Archive for January 2020

Enroll in Boating Center Activities Today!

The Channel Islands Boating Center (CIBC) is the perfect place in the Channel Islands Harbor to brush up on your boating skills in the classroom and on the water.  The boating center offers a variety of options, starting in February 2020, to meet your interests. The CIBC, located at 3880 Bluefin Circle in the Harbor,…

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Where to watch Super Bowl LIV at the Channel Islands Harbor

You don’t have to be a football fan to get into Super Bowl Sunday. It’s practically a national holiday. You’ve probably played host to the big game once or twice and don’t want the stress of hosting (or cleaning up after everyone). There’s plenty of options at the Channel Islands Harbor to enjoy the ultimate Sunday Funday.

When is Super Bowl LIV? Sunday, February 3, 2019
What time? Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. PST
Who is playing? San Francisco 49ers v. Kansas City Chiefs
Who should I root for? We would never tell you who to root for!

Watch the Super Bowl Here

Toppers Pizza Place

Pizza and beer are a match made in heaven. Hot, crunchy crust, tangy tomato sauce, fresh meats, salty California cheese… need we say more? Toppers Pizza Place is regarded as one of the best places to grab a slice in Ventura County. If aren’t in the mood for pizza (why wouldn’t you be?), their menu also includes sandwiches, appetizers, and desserts. Not to mention a salad bar that is second to none. As perfect as beer and pizza are on their own, add gorgeous harborside views and a dozen HD TVs, and you have the perfect place to watch the Super Bowl.

Fun fact: While Toppers has a ton of TVs to watch sports, they don’t usually have the sound on. For the Super Bowl, they turn those TVs up to enhance your experience!

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Sea Fresh Channel Islands

From New England clam chowder to Australian Lobster Tails, Sea Fresh offers some of the best seafood in the Harbor. Come by Sea Fresh on Super Bowl Sunday and enjoy one of the best and longest happy hours around. During the Super Bowl, happy hour will last the entire game! There will also be quarterly drink specials.

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The Lookout Bar & Grill

The Lookout Bar & Grill knows how to throw a party, so you might want to arrive early and grab a seat. This harbor favorite has seven wide screen televisions for your viewing pleasure, so there isn’t a bad seat in the house for the big game. Enjoy their menu, which includes favorites like clam chowder, pastrami burgers, bacon cheeseburgers, and more. Pair your meal with a cold beverage and enjoy. (If your team isn’t cutting it, you can always step outside and enjoy a nice, calming view.)

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Editor’s Note: this story was published on January 26, 2020.

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Tall Ships Will Not Visit in Early 2020 Due to Maintenance Projects

Tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington are normally early year fixtures at various California waterfronts, including Ventura Harbor and Channel Islands Harbor. Both ships, managed and maintained by the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Washington, will not be visiting either harbors this year due to routine and major maintenance projects. “We will sorely miss…

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Channel Islands Whale Watching Offering Discounts on Excursions

Channel Islands Whale Watching is offering up an offer you, your family and friends can’t refuse! Through whale watching season, they are offering discounts on 3-hour excursions up to 48% off their regular prices. All you need to do is print and present the coupon offered below. All you need to do is click on…

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January 2020 Director’s Message: Harbor Goals

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  We are entering a new decade, a decade that looks to be very interesting for Southern California, the nation and the world. It also looks to be a very interesting, and hopefully exciting decade for the Channel Islands Harbor. I normally use this time of year for self-reflection and goal setting.  As…

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Whale Watching Season is Here!


Whale watching can be a thrilling experience, especially in the Channel Islands region. On your tour, there’s a great chance you will see Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, Finback Whales and Gray Whales. Before you begin your adventure, being prepared for your whale watch and knowing what to expect can make your trip a successful one. Following these tips will help you get the most out of your excursion.

Book Your Trip With a Reputable Company

If you’re going whale watching, you don’t have to look any further than the Channel Islands Harbor.

Islands Packers Whale Watching tours depart for a 3 to 3 ½ hour cruise along the Santa Barbara Channel. If you increase your trip from a half day to a full day, you can enjoy a landing on the Channel Islands at Anacapa Island or Santa Cruz Island.

Channel Islands Whale Watching offers breathtaking excursions through the waters surrounding Channel Islands National Park and the National Marine Sanctuary. Hop aboard Ranger 85 with Captain Frank, who began his career at sea in 1976 and has been offering eco tours since 1990. Captain Frank offers AM and PM cruises.

Check The Weather and The Marine Forecast

If you’re not sure about rough seas or whether or not you’ll get motion sickness, you’ll probably want to go whale watching on the calmest day possible. Check not only the weather forecast, but the marine forecast. If the forecast is for high winds and seas, it’s likely you’ll have a rocky trip.

Check The Sightings

Whales are wild animals, so sightings can never really be guaranteed. You will want to check on recent sightings by visiting the Islands Packers Whale Watching and Channel Islands Whale Watching websites. Even if you don’t see whales, there’s a great chance you will also encounter a wide variety of marine life including dolphins, seals, sea lions, and a rich variety of bird life; some of which are endangered and protected.

Pack For A Day At Sea

Here’s a list of essentials:

Bring a smartphone or camera to record your experience or capture a cool pic. Make sure your phone is charged or bring plenty of batteries and a clear memory card in case the sightings are spectacular. Keep in mind that the average point-and-shoot camera might not deliver the speed and magnification needed to get the best pictures. If you have a 35mm camera, a 200-300mm lens provides the most zoom and stability for whale watching. Remember to get fun shots of you and/or your family and use #channelislandsharbor when posting on social media.

Binoculars are a must! With binoculars you might be able to catch all those easy to miss details.

Dress in layers, wear sturdy, rubber-soled shoes, and bring a rain jacket if there’s even the slightest chance of rain. Wear plenty of sunscreen and a hat! Remember that it can be a bit cooler on the ocean.

Get There On Time

Follow the company’s guidelines as to when to arrive for boarding the boat. Make sure you arrive in plenty of time to stand in line for tickets and get on board. Whale watching should be a fun, relaxing experience, and rushing around at the beginning makes for a hectic start.

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