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Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Knowledgeable Guide
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Get another perspective on the southern California coast during this leisurely kayak tour in Santa Barbara. Learn the basics of kayaking from your guide, and hear about Santa Barbara’s natural history and marine life during your tour. Includes use of all kayaking gear.
  • Kayak tour in Santa Barbara
  • Receive instruction on paddling and steering the kayak
  • Watch harbor seals, sea lions, and other wildlife in their natural environment
  • Get a new perspective on the beaches and city
  • Suitable for beginners, no experience needed
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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.
301 W Cabrillo Blvd , 301 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

Enter the harbor at Harbor Way. Turn left and enter at the kiosk. Continue in the direction of the wharf. Follow the signs to the boat launch area. We will meet you at the boat ramp located at the end of the harbor parking lot (next to West Beach). Look for your guide with the kayaks.

This activity will end right where it started.
Make your own way to the boat launch at Santa Barbara Harbor to meet your kayak guide.

Start by getting outfitted with paddle jackets, PFDs, a paddle, and a kayak. Your guide provides a paddling demonstration and safety talk, then makes sure you are comfortable in your boat. Set out on the water from the boat launch and paddle through the harbor, passing other boats, the historic wharf, under the pier, and along the beach. Along the way, look for wildlife like harbor seals, sea lions, brown pelicans, sea stars, cormorants, and seagulls.

Expect to paddle approximately one to two miles (1.5–3 km) along the coast before returning to the boat dock where your tour ends.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Santa Barbara Adventure Company
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Knowledgeable Guide?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Knowledgeable Guide?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Knowledgeable Guide?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Knowledgeable Guide.

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star-5
Great Tour!! Highly recommend!!
Linda_B
, Jul 2022
This was a wonderful tour with a very knowledgeable and attentive and responsive guide, Carly! I hadn't kayaked in over ten years and she was so helpful in going over the basics again. We saw wildlife, some beautiful sights around the harbor and beach, and several points of interest. I met some wonderful people as well. Great tour!!!
star-5
Active and fun way to see the city
Debbie_K
, Jun 2022
Our two guides, Addison and Kaily were excellent at keeping us safe and taking us on a nice trip through the harbor and ocean. Santa Barbara provides gorgeous views from the water and this is a wonderful way to see it.
star-5
Great tour!
kathrynpierce91
, May 2022
Anders was awesome! We had a great afternoon kayaking in the SB harbor. It was an awesome tour, great to learn a little more about SB and see some sea life! So glad we went. Thanks to the tour company for being super accommodating. Can’t tell you how much we appreciate it. Will absolutely be back!
star-5
Great experience
Eseta_J
, May 2022
Great experience. Anders was a wonderful guide and very knowledgeable. Beautiful views and great work out. Highly recommend
star-5
Excellent first ocean kayak experience
Sybil_D
, May 2022
Wonderful guides and easy, safe way to familiarize yourself with ocean kayaking. Proper instruction was given at outset with plenty of time for questions and support along the way. My son who is 11 totally loved this experience and can’t wait to go back. We also saw seals, toured the harbor and learned about the building of Santa Barbara harbor. Guides were really awesome and good coaches too!
star-5
1st Time Kyakers 👍🏽
Hillary_S
, May 2022
Chantel and Anders are great instructors. This was our first time kayaking and they put us at ease. They are knowledgeable and fun! Thanks!
star-5
Fun kayaking trip
Catherine_P
, Mar 2022
Very fun afternoon with a great guide. Ty was knowledgeable, fun and concerned about out safety and enjoyment. Absolutely recommend!
star-5
superb way to learn about SB harbor and wildlife and to bond with family members you don't see often
elizabeth_h
, Dec 2021
excellent experience. the guide really made the tour. without him, it could have fallen flat as skies were grey and we were chilly. thank you for a family memory we'll have forever.
star-5
So much fun!
Cindy_D
, Aug 2021
Beth had a bubbly personality and did a great job sharing her knowledge of the harbor. We were all pretty inexperienced and she made it so much fun. This was the best Experience we had while visiting Santa Barbara.
star-5
Fun 🤩 must do
Shahab_S
, Aug 2021
It was a great experience. We enjoyed the experience and our guide , Jess, was friendly and knowledgeable
star-5
Tons of Fun
Ryan_G
, Jun 2021
My wife and I had so much fun on this trip! Our guide Kyle did a great job teaching us how to kayak, accommodating the different comfort levels people had and explaining the history of the area. We saw lots of wild life ranging from sea lions to pelicans to even a species of crab that our guide had not seen before. I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in kayaking. It will not disappoint.
star-5
Perfect santa Barbara morning
Tray_R
, Jun 2021
You have to get Shawn he was our guide he was amazing with his knowledge base of the area and took us to some really very cool fun ocean kayaking spots it was totally A-blast and he was part of the fun of it
star-5
Great experience
Sandra_G
, Aug 2019
It was my friends and i first time kayaking we had an amazing time. Our tour guide peter has great. Gave good instrutions on how to kayak. Will 100% go again.
star-5
This tour was absolutely what we...
Jessica G
, Aug 2017
This tour was absolutely what we needed. We had 4 kids ages 9-16 and we all had a blast, this teaches teamwork and communication for all. Great for beginners, like us. A big thanks to Alex, our tour guide!!!
star-5
We had an awesome outing! Even got to...
Marion G
, Aug 2017
We had an awesome outing! Even got to see a sea lion on a buoy!
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