Santa Barbara Island Snorkeling

The 8th most popular snorkel dive spot in California.

West of Los Angeles in the Channel Islands, the snorkeling off Santa Barbara Island is known for its rocky reefs, kelp forests and elephant seals.

When snorkeling in the Channel Islands, it is highly recommended to use wetsuits due to cold water conditions. Also, a dive flag marker is encouraged.

Access to Santa Barabara Island is provided by Island Packers ferry service (805) 642-1393.

Overall, Santa Barbara Island is the 8th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in California.

Santa Barabara Island (CA/US)

Santa Barabara Island (CA/US)

Santa Barabara Island (CA/US)

Santa Barabara Island (CA/US)

Santa Barbara Island Snorkeling Map



Local Contact(s):  Channel Islands National Park (805) 658-5730; Peace Dive Boat (805) 650-DIVE; Spectre Dive Boat (866) CAL-DIVE; Sunfish Dive Boat (805) 204-0977.

Recommended Book:  "Snorkeling Southern California" from Lonely Planet

Best Season:  Jun.-Aug.

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  7/17/2016

ID:  22939

Santa Barbara Island Snorkeling Map


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