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Refugio State Beach Kayak Tour

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    What to Expect
    Explore the sunny shores near Santa Barbara during this kayaking adventure along the coast of Refugio State Beach. This family-friendly, laid-back adventure is a great way to scout for Pacific Ocean marine life while enjoying the legendary scenery of the California coast.

    Head to Refugio State Beach in the morning for the start of your kayaking trip. Before climbing into your boat you’ll get outfitted with gear and provide a safety lesson, paddling demonstration, and explanation of how to get in and out. Once you’re feeling ready, continue on for the journey along the shore of this beautiful area.

    As you paddle, your guide will stop to point out marine life like pristine underwater kelp and some of the more than 1,500 species of plants and animals that call this state preserve home. If you’re particularly lucky, you’ll also see some of Refugio State Beach’s dolphin residents. Enjoy lunch on a secluded beach before hitting the water again for the ride back, during which you’ll play a series of fun kayak games and challenges to keep things interesting.
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    Departure Point
    Refugio State Beach, 10 Refugio Beach Rd, Goleta, CA 93117, USA
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Knowledgeable guide and discussion of natural history/marine ecology
    • Lunch, snacks and beverages
    • Kayaking gear (wetsuit, paddle jacket, PFD, and helmet)
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Transportation to Refugio State Beach
    • Personal expenses
    • State Beach parking fee is $10
    • Gratuity for your guide(s) - While optional it is very much appreciated and to be given at your discretion in return for their leadership, expertise, and professionalism.You can tip the guide in cash or via credit card at the end of your tour as you feel appropriate.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • If your contact number is international, please include your email address in the comment section.
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking. We will provide either a DELI or VEGETARIAN LUNCH
    • Minimum numbers apply. Our kayak tours require a minimum of 2 participants to run. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
    • If you are a single traveler, please feel free to call our office to confirm availability
    • Children under 5 are not permitted. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult in a double kayak.
    • What you will need:
    • Sun Screen (SPF 30 or higher).
    • A full water bottle. One liter or larger - please help us reduce our environmental footprint by bringing a re-usable bottle
    • A hat with a brim.
    • A beach towel
    • Beach shoes or flips.
    • Sunglasses with a neck strap such as "Chums" or “Croakies”
    • Swim suit or swim trunks
    • Sweatshirt or sweater and a dry change of clothes
    • Waterproof camera (optional)
    • Lycra rashguard. (optional)
    • Neoprene booties. (optional)
    • To ensure proper equipment, please provide your heights & weights. Thank you.
    • Double kayaks are automatically provided. Singles are available for odd number parties. Guests over 230lbs will be provided a single kayak.
    • Guests under 18 years of age MUST have a parent or legal guardian sign their release forms. If you need this paperwork sent to you ahead of time, please contact our office.
    • Santa Barbara Adventure Company . Channel Islands Adventure Company . 805-884-WAVE (805-884-9283)
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed September 8, 2019

    Fun trip with Pierce, our excellent guide! He offered information about different sea life, plants and the surrounding areas of coastline. A delicious lunch was provided at a secluded beach stop. Pierce ensured that our launch into the ocean and our landings on the beach...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Sandy H
    Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

    We had a fantastic day on the water with Laird and Pat. They were very attentive to our group - we were two adults and two kids (9,12) - making sure we had all the equipment we needed, sticking with us when we needed help...More

    1  Thank Kateri J
    Reviewed July 10, 2018

    Our kayak excursion could not have been better! Scott, our tour guide, really made the trip special with his professionalism , expertise and knowledge of the local marine life & the environment. Customer service is also a high priority with this company as we were...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
    Thank gregmissy
    Reviewed May 24, 2018

    We had an excellent time on our Rufugio tour. All of the staff was very helpful. Pierce was our guide who was simply amazing. He took great care of us from the very beginning to the end. His knowledge of marine life was very impressive...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
    Thank EddieFin
    Reviewed May 1, 2018

    My husband and I had an adventure weekend planned for celebrations and had one of the best experiences working with the team and planning an excursion exploring Sea Caves. Kim helped us with logistics, and was constantly in touch with spring weather updates and suggested...More

    Date of experience: April 2018
    Thank Janette M
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