Painted Cave

Useful Information

Location: Santa Cruz Island. 110 km north of Los Angeles, 50 km south of Santa Barbara. Fwy 101 north, Victoria Avenue exit.
Open: Park: all year.
Robert J. Lagomarsino visitor center, mainland Ventura: all year daily 8:30-17. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Fee: Park: free. Boat trips: ask boat operators.
Classification: sea cave
Light: none
Dimension: H=49 m, W=31 m, L=402 m.
Guided tours:  
Bibliography: Travis Hudson (1982): Guide to Painted Cave, Paperback, McNally & Loftin Pub; (September 1982), ISBN: 0874610494
Address: Park's concessionaires for boat travel:
from Ventura and Channel Islands Harbors: Island Packers, 1867 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, California 93001, Tel: +1-805-642-1393. E-mail: contact
from Santa Barbara Harbor: Truth Aquatics, 301 West Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, California, 93101-3886, Tel: +1-805-962-1127. E-mail: contact
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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Painted Cave, so called because of its colorful rocks, lichens, and algae, is the longest sea cave in the world.

Unfortunately it is rather difficult to visit this cave, as there are no regular tours or boat trips. The cave belongs to the Channel Islands National Park and it is allowed to visit it. Of course it is recommended to talk to the rangers first.

It is also possible to kajak to the cave, but it is not recommended. The water currents and waves are rather difficult and the advice of the rangers must be obeyed.