From time to time, humans must venture into the wild to smell the unsullied mountain air, locate spirit animals, and return decades-overdue video tapes. Answer the irate calls of the wilderness with today’s Groupon: for $85, you get a Path-and-Paddle day trip with Blue Sky Wilderness Guides (a $190 value).
Blue Sky Wilderness Guides team up with Island Packers to embark on full-day hike and kayak excursions on Santa Cruz Island. Path-and-Paddle quests begin in the morning (between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.) with a ferry to the island (round-trip included), where guests then hoof it for a few miles with an Island Packer naturalist before meeting up with their Blue Sky supernaturalist for the kayaking section of the tour. Seas permitting, the environmental escort then leads a school of fiberglass fish to Prisoners Harbor before returning by ferry in the early evening.
Throughout the day, pioneers may catch glimpses of rare creatures, such as the endangered Santa Cruz Island fox, island scrub jay, California sea lions, and laughing land squids. Guests should bring hiking clothes, wraparound sandals, a towel, warm clothes, food, sunglasses, and a hat. With a daylong excursion, on both land and water, today’s deal is ideal for giving rovers and ramblers the chance to blaze plenty of trails, then properly extinguish them in accordance with federal law.
- They provided individual top-seater kayaks, a wetsuit (sleeveless for ease of paddling), life vest, dry bags for clothes, and experienced guides who spend a lot of time in the park. – Laurel Kallenbach, Laurel's Compass
- Before we got in the boats, we had an excellent lesson on the sand that covered various paddle strokes and safety. We were surprised how well-thought out and clear the lesson was. Really stellar. – Chris C., Yelp
San Buenaventura (Ventura)
1691 Spinnaker Dr.
Ventura, California 93001Get Directions