Channel Islands
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SeaFari Tour July 25, 2012

by Frank Ursitti Whale Watch/SeaFari Tours

We departed yesterday under hazy skies, yet once offshore found the best conditions we have had in weeks.
Crossing the channel was like a lake at sunrise, calm and visibility stretched on for miles.

                                         Seafari Tour Anacapa Island Channel Islands Whale Watching
My mind wandered between anticipation as I looked towards the island and tranquility as I gazed out upon the vast horizon.
This is it. Miles of unspoiled beauty. Untouched, uninhabited…just wide open space.
We arrived at the East End of the island and paused at Iconic Arch Rock.

                i Tour Anacapa Island Arch Rock Channel Islands Whale Watching     i Tour Anacapa Island Arch Rock Channel Islands Whale Watching
All onboard are amazed with this incredible formation; 40 feet high, and the symbol of our park.
From here, we observed massive sealion colonies crowding the beaches like tourists in Southern California.

        i Tour Anacapa Island Sea Lions Channel Islands Whale Watching              i Tour Anacapa Island Sea Lions Channel Islands Whale Watching
As we came back around, Dolphins greeted us, as if to say “Welcome, stay as long as you like…enjoy this place”
It really is wild.

        i Tour Anacapa Island Common Dolphins Channel Islands Whale Watching                    i Tour Anacapa Island Common Dolphins Channel Islands Whale Watching                                                                                                   
We then toured the rugged North shore of the island. Along the way we discovered several species of birds as well as observed seals (not sealions) colonizing in small coves and hauled out on rocks.

           Seafari Tour Anacapa Island Channel Islands Whale Watching                      i Tour Anacapa Island Harbor Seal Channel Islands Whale Watching                                                                          

                                                       Seafari Tour Anacapa Island Channel Islands Whale Watching

As we passed through the Pelican Sanctuary, we marveled at the towering cliffs of West Anacapa.
The raw beauty of this place calls us back day after day. Cavernous sea caves, emerald green and water lush kelp forests tell a story of life that has evolved and continues to evolve in virtual isolation.

Seafari Tour Anacapa Island Channel Islands Whale Watching                         Seafari Tour Anacapa Island Channel Islands Whale Watching

Seafari Tour Anacapa Island Channel Islands Whale Watching                         Seafari Tour Anacapa Island Channel Islands Whale Watching       
It’s hard to fathom that this tiny island so beautiful, so untouched by man is a mere 50 miles from Los Angeles, one of the most populated places on our planet.
Come take the adventure…take a SEAFARI