Channel Islands National Park
About Channel Islands National Park
The island is a United States national park comprising five of the eight Channel Islands off the coast of the U.S. state of California in the Pacific Ocean. Although the islands are close to the shore of densely populated Southern California, their isolation has left them relatively undeveloped. The park covers 249,561 acres (100,994 ha), of which 79,019 acres (31,978 ha) are owned by the federal government. The Nature Conservancy owns and manages 76% of Santa Cruz Island, the largest island in the park.
Channel Islands National Park is home to many significant natural and cultural resources. It was designated a U.S. National Monument on April 26, 1938, and a National Biosphere Reserve in 1976. It was promoted to a National Park on March 5, 1980. Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary encompasses the waters six nautical miles around Channel Islands National Park.
Plan on doing a whole lot of hiking on this photography hot spot. The boat will drop you off; then, you are off for about 4 hours to explore and take photos. On the boat ride, you will most likely get some dolphin friends swimming along with you as we did. That was the best part. It was as if they all wanted to play as they cruised alongside the boat. Don’t forget to go into shutter priority and shoot them at least 1/500th sec. Set your shutter speed to 1/1200th of a second if it’s a bright day. You are moving, and they are moving. The high shutter speed will stop the action and keep images from blurring.