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March 18, 2006
From journal Water Soluble L.A.
October 24, 2003
From journal A week on the Southern California Coast
May 12, 2001
Anacapa is home to world-class ocean kayaking and scuba diving. It's rocky cliffsides are really beautiful, and one can find groups of seals all over the place. Anacapa's a very good ride out to take if you only have a day to see any of the islands, because it's closest & is very scenic. If, however, you want to camp on the island I wouldn't recommend it unless you're kayaking.
Only a small portion of Santa Cruz is available for hiking. The non-profit environmental group The Nature Conservancy has purchased or received as gifts virtually all of the non-park owned land (about 90% of the island) from its original owners. It's now operated by both the group and the National Park Service, and is kept almost totally inviolate as an attempt to return the land to its former, natural condition. While the area you can cover here is limited, it's nonetheless beautiful.
Santa Rosa is a beautiful and large island, where one can fly in, camp, and hike to your heart's content. Here you'll find the most isolated beaches in CA. Portions of the eastern beaches are closed off as a protected sanctuary for the Snowy Plover, a bird, and a large portion of the western island is closed off due to it being a major natural sea lion habitat, with thousands of them lounging about, having pups, etc. Santa Rosa also has one of the two remaining stands of Torrey Pine Trees (the other being in La Jolla, CA), one of the most ancient pine species in existence. Santa Rosa still has a remaining cattle ranch from the old days when the islands were property just as any other in CA, but the ranch's agreement with the park service has them vacating the island in either 2002 or 2003.
San Miguel is probably the least visited of the islands, so it's easy to find solitude there. However it's also a bit less hospitable, less interesting, and a lot further away. Unless you have a deep interest in this area, I wouldn't recommend it.
From journal Ventura by a Local
Santa Barbara, California
August 10, 2000
From journal California Diving Adventures