bird in flight

Please check with the Reserve Director, Lyndal Laughrin, before making any arrangements for transportation. Reservations for air or boat transportation will need to made well in advance of the trip, so please contact him as early as possible.

Transportation to and from Santa Cruz Island

Before making arrangements for transportation, please check with the Reserve Director to be sure your application to visit the UCSB field station has been approved and the requested dates confirmed.

Packing : Cardboard boxes are prohibited on the island. Please pack all items in plastic containers. Pack light. No single unit shall weigh more than 45 pounds. Please read the Safety Page for "what not to bring" to Santa Cruz Island.

1. Island Packers boat charter

(805) 642-1393 on the web at Island

Island Packers

Regularly scheduled trips out of Ventura Harbor Times vary so be sure to confirm with the charter service when making your reservations. Round-trip for overnight visitors is approximately $60.00 per person. View the Island Packers Schedule.
If you are wondering where the IPCO or NPS boats are located, at any given moment, you can click here and see marine traffic.

2. Channel Islands Aviation plane charter

(805) 987-1301 on the web at


All plane reservations are scheduled by the Reserve Director and must be approved in advance by TNC. TNC requires all waivers be completed and delivered to TNC prior to flight request approval.  (Allow at least two weeks notice.) Departure is from Camarillo Airport in Ventura County. Contact CIA for flight cost information.
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