Let’s Go Wildlife Watching


You will be able to enjoy your wildlife watching experience on these Islands knowing that in the fall wild animals will NOT be killed by hunters.

The park encompasses five islands: Anacapa, Santa Cruz, San Miguel, Santa Barbara, and Santa Rosa. The islands are in the Pacific Ocean off of southern California.  The promotional literature lists the various activities a visitor can have, such as hiking, camping, snorkeling, kayaking, birdwatching, photographing, whale watching, or just relaxing to the soothing sounds of the natural world!

A letter from the Superintendent of the National Park Service is printed in part below:

If you visit the park, you will be one of a very select group. Few people actually see this park because it is not easy to get to--you can’t drive to the islands. A short but exciting ocean voyage or a commercial flight in a small airplane is required. The park is one of the least visited of all of America’s national parks. The relatively light visitation enhances the islands’ feeling of solitude and assists in the protection of fragile resources. In establishing the park, Congress recognized the value of solitude by allowing for low intensity, limited entry visitation. So a visit to this national park will always provide a marked contrast to the bustle of southern California most people experience. It will always be a place where you can step back in time and experience coastal southern California the way it once was.

If you have visited these Islands, we’d love to know about your personal experience.

A blue whale, the largest mammal on Earth, can be seen there.