Check out the sights of the Central Coast and the lush Channel Islands with a bird’s eye view of the landscape on a Channel Islands Helicopter tour (from $250 for three passengers). Based out of Oxnard airport, heli-tours by chief pilot Daniel Casey take off for flights from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara, and over the Channel Islands National Park and Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary—including Santa Barbara Island, Anacapa Island, Santa Rosa Island, Santa Cruz Island, and San Miguel Island. The whale and dolphin watching tour, Malibu Surf Tour, and the Two Islands Tour are popular flight options, and on Saturday, May 21, Channel Islands Helicopter is coming to Santa Barbara, offering 30-minute flights over local beaches, Stearns Wharf, State Street, the Old Mission, Santa Ynez vineyards, and under the Cold Springs Arch bridge. They even throw in some bubbly for the ride. For more information and to book a tour, click here.
April 30, 2011. by kwanberg