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Address: 117 B Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 (Formerly Channel Islands Outfitters)
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+1 805-617-3425
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Explore the Santa Barbara waterfront by kayak or stand-up paddleboard....

Explore the Santa Barbara waterfront by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Paddle with dolphins, whales, sea lions, seals, and marine birds.

We provide instruction and comfy/quality gear. Our rental rates are the best in town. After the first hour, pay only for the time you spend on the water!

Find us next to Brophy's Restaurant and the fish market. Reserve online and SAVE UP TO 40%!

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I'm 62 and my wife is 56. We had just a little kayaking experience prior to this trip We could not have been more pleased. Our guides were superb - very knowledgeable... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2015
Bob T

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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2015

I'm 62 and my wife is 56. We had just a little kayaking experience prior to this trip We could not have been more pleased. Our guides were superb - very knowledgeable, entertaining but with a "safety-first" attitude. The scenery around Santa Cruz island is magnificent. On the trip we saw up close and personal, sea lions, seals, all kinds... More 

Thank Bob T
Santa Barbara, California
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

We camped on Santa Cruz Island and met up with CIO on Saturday, 9/12/15 for a Caves & Coves tour. The entire staff was well informed and friendly, our pre-kayak safety talk was comprehensive and useful. The gear was in good condition and our guide, Emily, was fun and knowledgeable, giving us tidbits of the history of the islands as... More 

1 Thank tbonkers
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2015

We never have been kayaking before. They took such good care of us from fitting our wetsuits and fins and teaching us every step. Matt was our guide and I cant say enough good things about how capable he is. We are an older couple and Matt helped us from beginning to the end of our journey. Arlene, Pacific Palisades,... More 

Thank arlenelosangeles
Redondo Beach, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 14 September 2015

From the time we walked up to the site for our boat in Ventura & kayaking tour( on Santa Cruz) , as well as the return trip , we experienced friendly & caring employees & guides. The boat trip stopped on occasion to witness what the sea has to offer.In our case, a large school of dolphin ( hundreds) AWESOME.... More 

Thank gtomkiewicz
Roseville, California
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

Never been kayaking, and only snorkeling once, my husband and I chose the EPIC adventure. WOW! From check-in, where we met the chef and our private guide, to disembarking the ferry around 5ish, we had an experience of a lifetime. On our ferry ride out to the island, we saw common dolphins, bottle-nosed dolphins, and a humpback whale! Kayaking was... More 

1 Thank lynnr499
Los Angeles, California
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33 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Everything was taken care of: ferry ticketing, wet suit, kayaking lessons, and some island history. It was so much fun and they were so organized. They provided us with lessons thoroughly and still had us in our wet suits quickly so that our time on the water was the maximum. You need only to be reasonably fit . . don't... More 

Thank IreneDJ2
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2015

I took my daughter to Santa Cruz Island and used Channel Islands Outfitters for snorkling and kayaking. They were great. Our guide, Matt, really worked hard to make sure our experience was good. I would highly recommend this outfitter.

Thank Erik L
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 September 2015

The CIO arranged every detail for us from the ferry ride to the kayaking to lunch, to pacing---it is a first class, customer-oriented operation run by people who know and love what they are doing. Our guide, JD - one of the company owners took 4 kayaks - exactly the right number for a guided trip (no crowding) around the... More 

Thank Patrick O
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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Reviewed 7 September 2015

Took the Channel Islands Outfitters' Caves and Coves day trip for kayaking to the Channel islands, had a blast. Everything was taken care of - boats, equipment, food. Had a great time kayaking with JD Dresser as our guide, lots of fun. Did a bit of snorkeling after lunch in the lovely warm water. Saw lots of wildlife - common... More 

Thank Lynn G
Oakland, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 September 2015

Great experience. Our guide, was informative about the geological formations, the wild life, and history of the cultivation of the area. He also was extremely patient and encouraging. I am hard of hearing and he made sure that I knew what to do and when.We were sooo jazzed. Thank you for such a fun, fab, trip.

Thank Kate A

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