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Santa Barbara Kayak Tour provided by Santa Barbara Adventure Company

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Santa Barbara Kayak Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
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Updated 18/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
  • 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
Important Information
Departure Point
301 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • 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.
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Additional Info
  • 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.
  • What you will need:
  • Sun Screen (SPF 30 or higher).
  • A hat with a brim.
  • Sunglasses with a neck strap such as "Chums" or “Croakies”
  • 1-quart (or greater) water bottle filled with water - please help us reduce our environmental footprint by bringing a re-usable bottle.
  • Wet shoes such as "Tevas" or "Aqua Socks" or an old pair of tennies.
  • Swim suit or swim trunks
  • Sweatshirt
  • A beach towel
  • Waterproof camera (recyclable).(optional)
  • Polyester shirt or other synthetic clothing (layering). (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)
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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SarahTravel13 wrote a review Nov 2020
New York City, New York8 contributions
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.
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Sandra L wrote a review Sep 2020
1 contribution
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
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Date of experience: September 2020
JohnSpokes wrote a review Sep 2020
Harlow, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
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
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Date of experience: August 2020
Hunter wrote a review Jul 2020
Brusly, Louisiana3 contributions1 helpful vote
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
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Ricardo M Casillas wrote a review Jul 2020
5 contributions
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
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By: Santa Barbara Adventure Company
Channel Islands kayaking
This was a great experience! Excellent tour guide. We even got close to sea lions who were hunting for their lunch.
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Five stars
We had a great time kayaking the Channel Islands with SBAC. Kyle was an excellent guide: he was super friendly, res
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Great coastal kayaking
Had an amazing time kayaking with our guide, Hector. He was very informative about the ecology and incredibly help
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Beautiful and adventurous
High quality equipment; informative guide; interesting routes to experience both the harbor and the ocean; good spo
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Flo L
It was a nice way to spend a day.
We have enjoyed several wine tasting tours over the years. This one was good, especially considering the current co
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Fun & Informative
We loved our experience! Adam was a super-knowledgeable guide, and my boyfriend and I learned so much about the wil
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Amazing kayaking
Prisoners Harbor Kayak Tour was fantastic! Chuck is INCREDIBLY knowledgable and took us on a very fun 2.5 hour tour
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Super Day
We recently had a great kayaking tour out of Prisoner’s Harbor and along Santa Cruz Island. The tour was very well
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Happy Anniversary
My husband and I tried kayaking for the first time while celebrating our 37 anniversary. Sean, our guide was so gre
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Peaceful half-day coastal kayak
We had a great time on our half day kayak trip near Haskell's Beach. Addison was fun and informative, she clearly
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Friendly, informative and professional! Every single staff member and guide was absolutely wonderful. This was an a
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Best Day of the Whole Vacation
Just so, so beautiful! My guide was excellent, sharing great tidbits about the animals, birds, fish and more. The C
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Booked this tour for our 1 year anniversary, it was such an amazing experience. We had zero kayaking experience. Ou
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Amazing way to experience the Channel Islands!
This was an awesome experience! I highly recommend booking! The ride over on Island Packers was so much fun with a
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Fab descent into SB from Gibraltar!!
Great fun excursion and our guides Mark and Hannah were wonderful! Pretty nail biting descent but would not have wa
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Key Details
  • Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara Harbor
  • Duration: 2h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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