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Islands of the Santa Barbara Channel

Listed under Islands in US West Coast, United States.

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This chain of four islands separated from the mainland by the Santa Barbara Channel are rocky and mountainous. Home to sea lions, seals, California Grey whales and a huge variety of birds, the islands have 145 unique animal species.

The islands are also home to distinctive and unusual flora including brightly coloured wildflowers that make these islands popular in Spring.

Some of the islands offer facilities for visitors, while others are part of the Channel Islands National Park, but the groups isolation has meant they are all relatively untouched.

Camping, snorkelling, diving, hiking and bird watching are all encouraged on the Santa Barbara Islands.

Written by  Lindsay Drury.

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