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Channel Islands Aviation, official Concessionaire to California's Channel Islands National Park, offers Half Day Excursions for hiking, surf fishing and multi day camping to Santa Rosa Island in the Channel Islands National Park. Trips are available year round, with regular departures from Camarillo Airport. Special departures from Santa Barbara Airport are available by special arrangement. The video and overviews below showcase the excursions available from Channel Islands Aviation to the Channel Islands.

Half Day Excursions:
Enjoy a three hour tour, often by 4 wheel drive vehicle with a Channel Islands National Park Service volunteer docent. Alternatively, hike the trails and explore. Hikers may bring their own packed lunch and drinks. Bring clothing that can be layered. A warm jacket and head protection is recommended since the weather can be unpredictable. Good walking shoes or hiking boots are suggested. Other items that will be handy are: day packs, binoculars, bird & plant guide books, cameras, and water bottles. Trips depart at 8:00AM and return at 12:00PM or depart at 12:30PM and retrun at 4:30PM.

Surf Fishing Excursions:
These excursions are designed to give you a maximum of fishing time at one of the best locations in all the Channel Islands; Bechers Bay on Santa Rosa Island. Along with the great fishing, you'll be treated to a scenic flight to the island! Please bring a maximum 15 pounds per person including all gear and lunch. A valid California fishing license is required. Be sure to bring light weight wind breaker or jacket because it can be windy. Departs at 8:00 A.M. returns 3:00 P.M.

Camping Excursions:
The campground on Santa Rosa Island is located at Water Canyon off Becher's Bay on the northeast side of the island. Camping permits are required. The campground on Santa Rosa comprises of 15 camp sites with a camp ground capacity of 50. The camp site is located on a relatively flat shelf of Water Canyon. Picnic tables and flushing toilets are provided. Public potable water is available. Campers may bring additional drinking water if preferred. The campground is only a 5 minute walk from the airstrip. Water Canyon provides numerous hiking opportunities to such areas as beaches, oak groves, caves, overlooks, fossil beds as well as Chumash archeological sites. Fishing is allowed on the beaches. Visitors bring their own gear and must obtain a valid California fishing license.

For more information or to book an excursion:
Please call (805) 987-1301 x "0" or email FlightDesk@flycia.com to make a reservation.

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  • All daytrips leave at 12:30 and return at 4:30.
  • Daytrips are $159.95 adult, and 134.95 for children
  • Camping is $299.95
  • All prices exclude Federal Excise tax and Segment Fees


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Channel Islands Aviation, Inc. is a regional Cessna Pilot Center (CPC) and Full Service FBO providing New/Used Aircraft Sales, Flight Training, Rentals, Charters for the Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties in the Central / Southern California area. Camarillo Airport (KCMA) is based within 50nm of the Van Nuys (KVNY), Whiteman (KWHP), Burbank (KBUR), Oxnard (KOXR), Santa Paula (KSZP), Santa Barbara (KSBA), Santa Monica (KSMO), Los Angeles (KLAX), Hawthorne (KHHR), and Torrance/Zamperini (KTOA) Airports. CIA has exclusive charter and flight rights to the Channel Islands which includes the Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara Islands.