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Address: 117 Harbor Way Ste B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2356
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+1 805-899-4925
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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Great fun kayaking and paddle boarding

Spent a great couple of hours kayaking and paddle boarding with this great crew Spent a good time explaining the safety aspects technical tips and routes Equipment hire was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 February 2017
Cheddar, United Kingdom
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Cheddar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Spent a great couple of hours kayaking and paddle boarding with this great crew Spent a good time explaining the safety aspects technical tips and routes Equipment hire was brilliant Saw dolphins and seals on the triparound Stearns Wharf Pier Highly recommended

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

A well organized tour. Our guide (Chuck) was great and very knowledgeable. We got to see a variety of caves and he also had good advice for a quick hike. The day was cold and misty but the views were amazing. It seems like each trip would be different depending on water levels and weather so I wouldn't hesitate about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We booked an epic adventure for a family of 4. JD was our guide- he was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and willing to take us wherever the kids wanted. We hiked, kayaked and snorkeled. The weather was not perfect- but the we had a perfect visit. Our adventure included packed lunches and water bottles- we just had to show up. We recommend... More 

1 Thank sapoypato
Ventura, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

I've gone kayaking with Channel Islands Outfitters several times and every time is different than the last time. They take care of everything for your adventure and give instruction (and encouragement when needed). Even with not-so-good weather and water conditions (wind and strong current.. it is winter, after all!), the three of us had a great time. Our guide Chuck... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We had a wonderful time. Our guide Marina was very friendly, supportive and informative. We couldn't go into all the caves because of big swells, sleeping seals, and my nervousness about the waves in one of the caves, but the ones we did were fun and kayaking along the edge of the islands was just amazing. And the snacks were... More 

Thank Anne S
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

We had a fantastic day on the Channel Islands with CIO. We went on the Sea Kayaking trip which was well organised, fun and memorable. Our guide, JD, made sure we got the most out of our day in what were challenging conditions for inexperienced oldies like us. After kayaking we had time to walk on the island which was... More 

Thank Marit_Stevens
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I grew up in Southern California and lament the fact that I never did this as a child. We had a fabulous time with CIO. We were out there celebrating my bro's 40th birthday and it was great to check out the Channel Islands. Everything was great from the get go: pre-boarding review, food, etc. JD was our guide and... More 

Thank Fernando M
los angeles, ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We found this tour by searching for tours went out to the Channel Islands off the CA coast. We had a friend visiting from out of town and it was another friend's birthday, so a group of 7 of us decided to splurge and sign up for a kayaking tour. The Channel Islands Outfitters' website makes it very easy to... More 

Thank amksba
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We loved our kayaking trip with Ryan as our guide. The ferry ride was awesome, food was great and our kayaking through caves very exciting! Lots of swells.

Thank Karen R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

What a fun excursion. We were fed well, the ride out and back was fun and dolphin and sea lion filled. They paid great attention to this little almost 60's couple (we did ourselves proud). Chuck at CIO was a great kayak guide and made great conversation! We'll be back. I'd love to do a multi-day trip if you bring... More 

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