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Photo by Channel Islands Adventure Co.

On the islands, the joy continues. Your
adventure options are ridiculous. There's
hiking, sea kayaking, snorkeling, scuba
diving, and bird-watching (the islands
serve as rookery and home for thousands
of sea birds). There's the surreal: Kayaking
inside the dripping sea caves of Santa Cruz
is like entering the innards of some great
sleeping beast; Painted Cave is the most
famous. There's the sedate: Island Packers
offers wildlife cruises; just put up your feet
and watch. There's the sublime: Thanks
to a marine sanctuary that protects six
nautical miles around the park, the islands
offer world-class diving and snorkeling
within their cathedral-like kelp forests; on
Santa Cruz Island, at Scorpion Anchorage,
you can rent snorkel gear and even get a
guided snorkel tour from Channel Islands
Adventure Company. And, of course,
there's the impossibly cute: The best
island to see the housecat-size island fox
is Santa Cruz. As the islands edge farther
out into the Pacific, the sense of wildness
heightens. Yes, Santa Rosa Island and San
Miguel Island are three- and four-hour boat
rides, respectively (you can also fly out to
these islands with Channel Islands Aviation),
but Santa Rosa has empty, sugar-sand
beaches as lovely as any in the world, and
on San Miguel, the fit and adventurous can
make the 15-mile round trip ranger-led hike
(arrange ahead by calling the park) to Point
Bennett, where you might see hundreds of
pinnipeds (California sea lions, northern fur
seals, harbor seals, and northern elephant
seals), glimpse the spouts of whales, and
feel your own smallness. There's camping on
all five islands, too, at $15 per night. (Insider
tip: Tiny Santa Barbara Island offers your
best chance of camping alone.) At night,
from certain campsites, you can see the
pinprick lights of civilization flickering in
the distance, a reminder of the bustle of a
starkly different world.

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