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National park tips: Kayakers get thrills and spills in caves along this Channel Island

National park tips: Kayakers get thrills and spills in caves along this Channel Island

For my money, the wet edges of California's Channel Islands National Park are more interesting than their dry middles.

Sure, the island foxes are cute (and their numbers are growing). But sea kayaking along the caves of East Santa Cruz island is thrilling — and terrifying if a rogue swell fills a cave while you’re inside or nearby.

Here’s a list of kayak outfitters with permits for the area: If you’d rather be a passenger on a bigger boat,

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