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Santa Barbara Kayak Tour provided by Santa Barbara Adventure Company

Santa Barbara Kayak Tour
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Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jun. 18, 2020
A note from Santa Barbara Kayak Tour
Santa Barbara Adventure Company is actively following regulations and directives of county, state, and federal authorities to mitigate the possibility of COVID-19 exposure. The health and safety of our guests and staff are our top priorities.
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travellers
About
Take in great views of Santa Barbara and get a bit of exercise in the process with this kayaking adventure. You'll start with a safety and paddling demonstration from your guide, followed by a trip out through the harbor. You may even spot seals, sea lions, and marine birds along the way.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Get great views of Santa Barbara with this kayaking tour
A local guide will escort you along the Santa Barbara coast
Paddling instruction will be provided before you launch
All safety equipment, including wetsuits, will be provided
What to expect
Make your own way to the boat launch at Santa Barbara Harbor to meet your kayak guide. Start by getting outfitted with paddle jackets, PFDs, a paddle, and a kayak. Your guide provides a paddling demonstration and safety talk, then makes sure you are comfortable in your boat. Set out on the water from the boat launch and paddle through the harbor, passing other boats, the historic wharf, under the pier, and along the beach. Along the way, look for wildlife like harbor seals, sea lions, brown pelicans, sea stars, cormorants, and seagulls. Expect to paddle approximately one to two miles (1.5–3 km) along the coast before returning to the boat dock where your tour ends.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7270P12
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
All taxes, fees and handling charges • All associated kayaking gear (wet suit, PFD, helmet, paddle, etc. • Knowledgeable guide and discussion of natural history/marine ecology • Spectacular views of Santa Barbara
Exclusions
Personal expenses • Parking is $2.00 per hour, maximum $12.00 per car. • 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.
Duration
2h
Departure details
301 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA Enter the harbor at the kiosk; Follow the signs to boat launch area. We will meet you at the “Sea Landing” at the end of the Harbor (boat launch). Look for your guide with the kayaks.   
Inclusions
All taxes, fees and handling charges • All associated kayaking gear (wet suit, PFD, helmet, paddle, etc. • Knowledgeable guide and discussion of natural history/marine ecology • Spectacular views of Santa Barbara
Exclusions
Personal expenses • Parking is $2.00 per hour, maximum $12.00 per car. • 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.
Departure details
301 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA Enter the harbor at the kiosk; Follow the signs to boat launch area. We will meet you at the “Sea Landing” at the end of the Harbor (boat launch). Look for your guide with the kayaks.   
Duration
2h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
If your contact number is international please include your email address in the comment section.
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.
Although we offer dry bags to help keep gear dry, everything that comes on the kayaking trip runs the risk of getting wet. We therefore recommend that you only bring personal gear that can get wet or damp during the trip. Items that must stay dry such as cameras or other electronic devices, change of clothes or personal belongings should stay in your vehicle.
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.
Wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
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Cheriserobles
Bakersfield2 contributions
Beginner’s kayak
Jul. 2021 • Couples
I loved it my very first time ever kayaking and won’t be my last. It was a great option for beginners just getting to know your level of endurance and strength as well as the ocean and sea life
Written July 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Deborah A
1 contribution
An amazing experience
Jun. 2021
We recently celebrated a family birthday on Santa Cruz Island. The highlight of our visit was the Kayak tour led by our wonderful guide Aaron Kreisberg. He shared his extensive knowledge of the island wildlife with our group. "A truly amazing experience" Thank you Aaron,
Written July 10, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

LizzK1458
3 contributions
You will NOT regret this kayak tour!
May 2021 • Couples
My brother and I did the Discovery Sea Cave Kayak Tour. This was definitely a trip highlight for us! This company was very thorough and safety conscious. Everyone was provided with sanitized mandatory safety equipment (helmets and PFDs) and optional attire (wet suits, paddling jackets, water shoes). Everyone was given instruction and made to feel comfortable. Our guide was Dustin and he was excellent. He was attentive and knowledgeable, his enthusiasm for his job contagious.
And finally, kayaking through the sea caves, seeing the marine life, learning about the flora and fauna, and just being out on the water were wonderful. We would definitely come back.
Written May 16, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Moira E
4 contributions
Experience of a lifetime
Apr. 2021 • Couples
Wow... how do you even leave a review for one of the best times of your life?

We had booked this trip many months ago before the second wave of Covid shut everything down. Thankfully they had an amazing Covid procedure in place and I was able to save my credit for when camping opened up again.

When it was time to reschedule I was anxious about calling them... that's what I get from being in a generation who hates talking on the phone! 🤣 but my fears were quickly subsided when a young man answered the phone and helped me reschedule. I believe his name was Dustin (sorry if it wasn't 😅) and he normally didn't work the office but due to bad weather he was stationed there for that day. He quickly scheduled  me another kayak adventure and was ever so pleasant to talk to for a few minutes.

Alright, tour review time! I reiterate the fact that I really dont know how to tell anyone about one of the best times of my life... the views are just so immensely spectacular there are really no words to describe. You really just need to see it for yourselves... so if your reading this looking for a sign to go... THIS IS YOUR SIGN!

What I can tell you about is my tour group, it consisted of a lovely family from New Mexico and a bad ass independent woman who just moved to California and at the head of it all was our tour guide Marc (with a C). My wife an I have been to about 20 National Parks now and done probably a gazillion tours and I have never met someone like Marc (with a C).

You know that cool person you were in school with or worked with or whatever and you just were like "wow I want to be that person's friend"? That is Marc. He just seeps the aura of awesomeness! Not only is he cool and awesome but he's also friendly! Within minutes we were already chatting about our lives and future goals.

As if that wasn't enough... get this! Marc (with a C) is the most intelligent tour guide I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. He and the genius kid from the family from New Mexico had hours of conversation about the flora and fauna specific to Channel Islands. Most of the tours I've been on have been with tour guides who aren't really passionate about what they are doing and seem to be just stating facts from a flash card. Not Marc, he will tell you all the different scientific names of seaweed, birds, barnacles, fish, etc around the island. And then he'll talk about their eating habits and why they might have almost gone extinct. But not like he's reading a note card he has stuffed in his pocket. This dude is passionate!

And to top it all off... this guy makes you feel safe! If you are feeling apprehensive about your well-being I urge you that you shouldn't let that stand in the way of getting the tour.. This was my first time ocean kayaking and my wife's second time kayaking ever! And let me tell you not once in the 3+ hours did I feel in harms way. You will be completely geared up with helmet, wet suit, life jacket and more if you choose. Also, the tour guides are trained to help you get out of any trouble if by some happenstance you get into any... I know for a fact Marc( with a C) would've carried us all on his back and swam 20 miles if something were to happen. So, if you're reading this and my first sign wasn't enough here is your second sign to get a tour right away.

Thank you to Adventure Co. for working around Covid and a big thank you to Marc (With a C) for an absolutely amazing experience!
Written April 13, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

SarahTravel13
New York City, NY8 contributions
channel islands are gorgeous!
really amazing experience set up safely for COVID-19. wish we could have kayaked longer, and explored even more of the channel islands like the painted caves! definitely worth visiting.
Written November 24, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sandra L
1 contribution
Santa Barbara Coastline tour
Sep. 2020 • Family
This was the first time we had gone on a kayak tour. The guides were really patient and informative. My husband needed extra help and they went above and beyond to make sure he was safe. Unfortunately, the day was very foggy and we didn’t get to see sea lions on the buoy, but that could not be controlled. Looking forward to doing another kayak tour on the Channel Islands.
Written September 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JohnSpokes
Harlow, UK5 contributions
Coast reveals itself.
Aug. 2020 • Couples
We had a great tour guide, Dustin, and two other couples join us for a trip from Haskell’s Beach. We saw lots of animal and bird species on and around the kelp forest. Barney, the cormorant, hitched a ride, taking several naps and drying his wings. The highlight was leaving the beach in the fog and our surroundings slowly revealed themselves as the cloud cover burned off. So glad we used the tandem kayak.
Written September 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Hunter
Brusly, LA3 contributions
Great time
Had a blast kayaking. Well worth the price. Hannah was a great guide and I liked the facts she told us about the harbor and Santa Barbara in general. Will definitely try another adventure if I’m in the area again
Written July 17, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ricardo M Casillas
5 contributions
Amazing Kayak Adventure
I never imagined how wonderful this Kayak Adventure tour was going to be until I personally experienced it. It’s beyond words to describe how amazing everything was especially because our tour guide Pablo made us feel special and he was always helpful. Also the ocean views and the sea caves you get to explore are spectacular! So I highly recommend this Kayak tour to everyone who is willing to have a good time and explore nature at its best! I loved doing it especially during this summer season and I’m pretty sure you’ll love to so what are waiting for?!😃
Written July 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kim W
3 contributions
Afternoon of fun and learning
Jun. 2020
Kyle was so thorough, I felt prepared and comfortable getting on the water. Once out paddling, he shared so much history and amazing information about Santa Barbara. I'm new to town. I just loved listening to everything he had to say about the boats, the creation of the harbor, the sea lions and harbor seals. It was a great way to spend an afternoon!
Written July 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Kayaking Channel Islands
We kayaked in the Channel Islands. Nolan was a wonderful guide. Our kids (9 and 12) loved it. We got to kayak insid
E372WIrachelm
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Wonderful advenutr
What a wonderful adventure! Nolan was extremely knowledgeable of kayaking for all levels of experience, marine life
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Recommend Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour
Our Adventure Sea Cave Kayak Tour totally fulfilled our expectations. We were lucky with a sunny, calm enough day t
ishaland
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Our Very Best Experience in Santa Barbara – Visiting the Wine Country with Santa Barbara Adventure Company
I chose Santa Barbara Adventure Company as an organizer of our wine tasting tour. We wanted our experience to be an
gingermat
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Wine tour
Our guide Don was SO knowledgeable and friendly… very well organized and everyone on the tour seemed to have a grea
568jeff
568jeff
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Not so great
Took the sunset tour a few days ago. The guide was mediocre. Nice person and certainly seemed knowledgeable about k
momof2inva
momof2inva
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Great sea cave kayak tour!
What a great time on the Channel Islands Sea Kayak tour. Jeremy was a great guide and so knowledgeable (and patien
bergld5
bergld5
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Great Channel Island kayaking guides!
My friend and I did the Channel Islands cave kayaking tour in April 2021, and were so glad we did! We got to kayak
Annabell O
Annabell O
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Discovery Kayaking Tour on Santa Cruz Island
We went on a day trip to Santa Cruz Island for my son's 12th birthday, and went on the Discovery Kayaking Tour whil
cariedwards
cariedwards
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Amazing!
Visiting Channel Island is such an amazing experience, highly recommend the cave Tour - so much fun!
chilistate
chilistate
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Cool adventure!
It was a neat adventure. You do need to work for it, however! It can get pretty cold and windy with choppy waters.
cmondiaz
cmondiaz
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Great guides!
My husband and I were late but the guides were still super friendly and patient with us. We managed to make it for
daydreaming121
daydreaming121
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Super accommodating...fun surfing!
Very happy with the experience! The company was friendly and helpful. Our sea cave kayaking around the islands was
christopherl3109
christopherl3109
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Fun in Santa Barbra
We really enjoyed kayaking Santa Barbara, our guide was very nice and shared so much about Santa Barbra that we did
todd819
todd819
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Highly recommend the company
My son and I had a great time watching the first sunset of 2021 . The guide was very knowledgeable and provided us
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