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Sail Channel Islands Day Tours

#1 of 16 Tours in Oxnard
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Address: 3150 Harbor Blvd, Oxnard, CA 93035-3924
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Capt. Dan is a Coast Guard licensed master and American Sailing Association...

Capt. Dan is a Coast Guard licensed master and American Sailing Association instrutor. Sail with him for a few hours or up to several days, exploring the Channel Islands ... or take private lessons. We have two yachts, one economy and one luxury boat built in France and we are the only company offering sailing eco-tours of California's Channel Islands.Our islands are often described as the Galapagos of North American and abound in sea life from whales, to dolphins to fish that ride here on either a southern current or the northern one. Ashore, you will find a landscape mostly clear of humans and protected by the National Park Service and the Nature Conservancy. Human civilization dates back some 10,000 years here, but only a handful of caretakers live here now. Come with us and step back in history 200 years, step away from civilization.

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If sailing's your plan, Dan's your man!

Nice easy drive up from LA to Vintage Marina at Oxnard. Met Dan in his fabulous dorky hat as planned on the dock, gear stowed, safety briefing and tour of Wiley and 10 minutes... read more

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Perth, Australia
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice easy drive up from LA to Vintage Marina at Oxnard. Met Dan in his fabulous dorky hat as planned on the dock, gear stowed, safety briefing and tour of Wiley and 10 minutes later we've slipped our lines and are heading out of the marina. Destination Anapaca Island. Set jib and main for a cheeky NW off the starboard... More 

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

That was a great sail. Sixty percent of my sailing fun is in the conversation and camaraderie. Oh yeah, whales are great, but the fun - for me - is in showing folks my back yard -- the Channel Islands and sharing my crew's awe in the experience. Thanks for the glowing review. It was utterly lyrical. And come back... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

My husband and I have never sailed and we wanted to learn the ropes first hand. Captain Dan patiently allowed us all the freedom we wanted to sail his lovely boat. It was the perfect afternoon with light winds and seas. We could not have asked for anything better. Thank you again Captain Dan, as you were the highlight of... More 

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

It is always a treat for me to share my patch of the ocean with people who treasure the natural environment. We ventured forth, we felt the sea and were moved by the wind and we left nothing but bubbles. That's about perfect. Thanks for sailing with me. More 

Ridgecrest, California
1 review
Reviewed 29 January 2017

My wife and I just spent an awesome weekend working through ASA 101 with Capt. Dan. We were very impressed with his teaching style as he was quick to pick up on those areas were were lacking from the book learning we had done prior to the hands on sailing sessions. After a short lesson going over the boat features,... More 

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

It's always great to have students who love this as much as I do. You guys were fantastic students -- all I had to do was show you a skill and you were able to do it on the first try. That's extraordinary. I'm looking forward to the next adventure. More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Dan is a great captain, knowledgable about the area, and a fun sailing companion. The weather was iffy the day we had planned to take a daysail, and he was very flexible. The weather broke and we went out for the afternoon. We ended up sailing through a school of a couple hundred dolphins! We had an incredibly enjoyable afternoon... More 

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

It was great sailing with you guys. Looking forward to cruising a bigger piece of our Channel Islands when the weather warms up. Fair winds (or the equivalent for land-based activities). More 

Simi Valley, California
1 review
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Wow! Decided to surprise my boyfriend with a beginning sailing lesson for his 30th birthday and it was an amazing experience. We both learned a lot and had a great time. We hope to continue learning to sail in the future! Captain Dan was fun and laid back, but very dedicated to the lesson at the same time. Thanks!

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Valdosta, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

I just realized I never wrote the review I meant to write of our fabulous sail with Capt. Dan last fall. Well, let me remedy that right now...two Georgia gals, my BFF and I, flew to California to celebrate my birthday with said BFF's niece who also had an October birthday. We wanted to be on the water more than... More 

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

That was a great trip. Fall sailing around here is the very best. While my midwestern sailor friends are getting their boats winterized, we're getting ready for sun, breeze and temps in the 70's and planning trips to the usually unapproacable San Miguel Island. Of course, that takes a couple of days, and glorious days they are. Hope you find... More 

Santa Monica
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

Captain Dan is a pleasure to sail with, the islands are undeveloped beauty and the sailboat is top-notch! We hope to bring our daughters next time!

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

Hi, Shipmates -- I'm looking forward to a sailing adventure with your whole family. More people = more fun. //dan More 

Prescott, Arizona
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Took my kids and nephews out for a day sailing with Capt. Dan and the Bosun to Anacapa Island on Sancerre. That's me and four teenagers, unplugged, gliding quietly through the ocean at 6 knots. Everyone got a turn at the helm and helping with the lines as needed. We anchored off Anacapa Island to enjoy a delicious lunch. The... More 

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

It's hard to get kids to unplug but even harder for some of us adults to avoid panic when we have no bars. But after a short time, blood pressure subsides and cares seem to drift over the horizon. It was great sailing with you and your family. Hope I sparked an interest in sailing in the kids. See you... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

We were looking for a customized tour of the channel islands I stumbled upon Captain Dan and Sail Channel islands online. I shot a email and recieved a quick response. We decided to take the day trip to Anacapa Island. We had such a great day. The waters were beautiful and the captain was fabulous. He was friendly, reliable, helpful,... More 

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

That was a memorable trip. The Channel Islands never disappoint and with about 330 days of sailing weather we've got lots of opportunities. Hope you'll come back to enjoy my back yard very soon. //capt. dan More 

los angeles
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

My husband and I recently hired Captain Dan for 4 days and 3 nights aboard our 40ft sailboat with the intent of touring The Channels Islands for the first time and improving our sailing and anchoring skills. I found Captain Dan online and based upon the wealth of information on his website (and his videos), decided to give him a... More 

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Dan R, Owner at Sail Channel Islands Day Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for the opportunity to sail your lovely yacht. I had a great time and -- as usual -- learned a great deal. About what? Your superb yacht for one, Every time I sail a new boat, if I get the opportunity for a longish passage,it's like making a new friend. And that takes time and being aboard in different... More 

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