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Take a virtual visit to the Channel Islands

Posted at 3:45 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 20:15:05-04

A new app is giving visitors a way to visit the Channel Islands National Park virtually.

The app allows anyone to explore the islands through stories, sites, self-guided tours and interactive maps for free.

Those who have physically visited the park can use the app to create a collage of the images from their trip. It can also be used to track a calendar of current conditions, events and ranger programs.

The app is available at the App Store or on Google Play. It is fully accessible with audio description and alternative text for images.

Those planning a trip to Santa Rosa Island can visit a new coastal trail on the marine terrace with views of Carrington and Skunk Points, Water Canyon Beach and the Torrey pine forest.

The park's boat transportation, Island Packers, is expanding options for trips to each of the islands. Popular upcoming trips include non-landing whale watching and multi-island same day landings.

Santa Barbara Adventure Company is also offering kayak tours this summer out of Santa Cruz Island. More kayak and snorkel tours will resume in the fall upon completion of the new pier construction.

According to the National Park Service, 14 blue whales, several humpback whales and thousands of dolphins have bee spotted around the Channel Islands in the past week.