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The Paddle Sports Center is Santa Barbara's premier Kayak | SUP | Surf rental, membership, instruction, and tour center. Explore the Santa Barbara waterfront & view sea birds, sea lions, seals, dolphins, and even whales! We provide instruction and...more
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117 Harbor Way, Ste B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2356
+1 805-617-3425
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Took 4 kayaks out and had a great time - friendly and efficient staff, good range of equipment and a great location to get out and explore from

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

I had the pleasure of taking a "stand-up paddleboarding" adventure with this company, and boy was I impressed! As someone who grew up in Iowa I was never exposed to the ocean, so I had my doubts about riding a rickety piece of plastic above...More

1  Thank Patrick O
Reviewed 21 July 2017

We just finished a week of vacation in California (up and down the coast), and our afternoon of kayaking in the SB harbor was one of the highlights. We'd had alternate plans, so this was a spontaneous decision to rent kayaks on our own -...More

Thank jackmom1112
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Had an incredible day on the water yesterday thanks to the efforts of the friendly folks at the Paddle Sports Center. My paddleboard rental was easy, accessible and fun. The guys at the shop provided a detailed rundown of paddleboarding techniques, and hooked me up...More

Thank Phil H
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Simply magnificent! The staff was so knowledgeable and eager to answer our questions. Clean vessel we were on and the best weather that day!

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Reviewed 5 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

2  Thank cheddartrevor
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...More

1  Thank dkh117
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...More

1  Thank sapoypato
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...More

1  Thank LwindVta
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...More

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15 January 2017|
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Response from Fernando M | Reviewed this property |
As has been mentioned, the wetsuits don't have sleeves, So if that's of concern to you, being a rashguard. Otherwise, the wetsuit they provide you is fine.
19 November 2016|
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Response from GarrettK941 | Property representative |
The deepest of the caves on the Eastern side of Santa Cruz is about 800 feet long. In total there are 120 sea caves on the island, but the areas of Scorpion and Coche Point hold roughly 25 sea caves that are explorable by... More
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6 October 2016|
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Response from 403darlenen | Reviewed this property |
We were there in the beginning of June and the water was cold. We had wet suits to kayak and swim. Hiking was fine and it was warm.