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Santa Barbara Kayak Tour provided by Santa Barbara Adventure Company

Santa Barbara Kayak Tour
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Tour snapshot
Get great views of Santa Barbara with this kayaking tour
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
10
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    10
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
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
Highlights
  • 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
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
  • 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
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7270P12
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.   
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
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
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 18 Jun 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
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5.0
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Ricardo M Casillas
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 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 12 July 2020
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Margarita A
1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Couples
Really wanted to try kayaking for the first time with my boyfriend and it was an amazing experience! Sophie and Chantal were our guides and they were both incredible and extremely knowledgeable. They made the experience even more fun for us, great conversationalist and great with ensuring we were safe and having a good time. Would highly recommend this tour and requesting them to be your guides (:
Written 17 March 2022
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LizzK1458
5 contributions
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 16 May 2021
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Sandra L
1 contribution
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 13 September 2020
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Kim W
3 contributions
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 2 July 2020
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Roadrunner423
Cheshire, CT10 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
My husband and I were scheduled to take the 3 1/2 Adventure Kayak tour of the Sea Caves—it was to be a highlight of our trip from the East coast. We researched, planned and we’re ready for the tour, expecting 3+ hours of kayaking and approx 1 hour to explore the island. Unfortunately, we were unable to disembark the ferry bc the ramp at the island dock was not working. The kayak trip was canceled. Our ferry was rerouted to the opposite end of Santa Cruz island, and we were forced to leave the ferry, and would not be picked up until 4:30. (Approx 6 hours later) We asked to stay on the ferry and return home as we were NOT prepared to hike for the day. We were denied. 6 hour hiking over “moderate to strenuous” terrain is not the same as a 3-hour kayak. The ferry did not actually get us backing Ventura until 7pm.
We were and remain very frustrated—we lost a full day out of our 6-day vacation!!! We realize that the malfunctioning hydraulic ramp was beyond their control. However we should have been given the choice to hike the other end of the island or return home. The fact that we were not given a choice was completely unacceptable.
Written 25 April 2022
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Deborah A
1 contribution
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 10 July 2021
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Hunter
Brusly, LA3 contributions
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 17 July 2020
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JohnSpokes
Harlow, UK5 contributions
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 6 September 2020
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Annette R
1 contribution
Feb 2022
Appreciate that the Santa Barabara Adventure Company went above and beyond in helping me reschedule my kayak tour when my flight was cancelled. They didnt have to, it was within the 7 day cancellation period, but were prompt and helpful. I didnt want to miss out, or to waste my money. Good customer service is hard to come by these days!
Written 23 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Sea Cave Kayak Tour a Must
We did the sea cave kayaking tour at the Channel Islands with Marc. This was by far one of the best adventure day
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Great day of sea cave kayaking
We had a wonderful time! The guides were so helpful and knowledgeable. Ferry transport was part of the package.
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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
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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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Wine tour
Our guide Don was SO knowledgeable and friendly… very well organized and everyone on the tour seemed to have a grea
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Not so great
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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
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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
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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
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Amazing!
Visiting Channel Island is such an amazing experience, highly recommend the cave Tour - so much fun!
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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.
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