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Santa Barbara: Guided Kayak Tour

Santa Barbara: Guided Kayak Tour

From US$ 55 per group up to 20

Enjoy a relaxing paddling adventure with spectacular views of the city and beaches on a kayaking tour for all skill levels.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Explore Santa Barbara's sparkling, palm-lined coast
  • Look out for dolphins, seals, and birds
  • Enjoy a fun experience on kayaks
  • Learn about marine ecology and the region's history
Full description

Meet your guides at the boat launch at Santa Barbara Harbor, where they outfit everyone in paddle jackets and PFDs. Guides will give a basic paddling demonstration and safety talk before setting out on the water.

The launch is easy, right out of the boat launch. This is a great introductory lesson to kayaking or a nice relaxing kayak for more experienced paddlers.

Once on the water, paddle approximately 1-2 miles along the coast surrounded by beautiful beaches and marine life. The group will continue through the harbor, paddling past boats, through the historic wharf, under the pier, out to buoys, and along the beach. 

Keep a look out for wildlife along the way such as harbor seals, sea lions, brown pelicans, sea stars, cormorants, and seagulls. 

Guides will offer insight into the history of the region as well as local marine ecology. Enjoy a relaxed pace and incredible marine life as well as taking in the views of Santa Barbara from the water.

  • All necessary kayaking gear including wetsuit, PFD, and paddle
  • Comprehensive instruction
  • Knowledgeable guide and discussion of natural history/marine ecology
  • Spectacular views of Santa Barbara
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with heart problems
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions

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Meeting point

Meeting spot: Santa Barbara Harbor at "Sea Landing" boat launch. The Santa Barbara Harbor is on Cabrillo Blvd., West of State Street. Directions below. Look for your guide with the kayaks. From the South: Take Hwy 101 north of Montecito to the Cabrillo Exit (left side of Highway). Turn left at the stop. Follow Cabrillo Blvd (approximately 5 miles) past Stearns Wharf to Harbor Way. Turn left into the Harbor. Turn left again, enter the harbor at the kiosk. In the harbor, go back towards the pier. Follow the signs to boat launch area at the end of the Harbor. From the North: Take Hwy 101 South. As you enter the Santa Barbara area, take Castillo Exit. Turn right at the end of the off ramp. Follow Castillo Street towards the beach. Turn right onto Cabrillo Blvd.Follow Cabrillo Blvd (approximately .5 miles) to Harbor Way intersection. Turn left again, enter the harbor at the kiosk. In the harbor, go back towards the pier. Follow the signs to boat launch area at the end of the Harbor.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Level of difficulty: easy, no prior kayak experience required
  • Paddling distance: 1-2 miles
  • Children under age 5 not permitted, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Double kayaks are automatically provided. Singles are available for odd number parties. Guests over 230lbs will be provided with a single kayak
  • These 2-hour adventures require a minimum number of 2 participants in order to run
  • There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet the requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • You will need to wear clothes that you do not mind getting wet
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

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This was a really great adventure- especially for those with out much experience. My group and I had kayaked a lot before but our guides we so helpful in making the excursion memorable and unique to us all. We talked a lot about the harbor in Santa Barbara and when we went out into the open ocean for a little bit we saw sea lions!! It was a really awesome trip and would recommend to people of any ability :)

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August 8, 2022

Just great!

For us it was the first kayak tour. We were very fortunate that we were the only participants. Maybe that was because the tour on an Easter Sunday, 10 clock, was. The guide was really super nice u and everything with a lot of patience / explained. Before the tour we received from the organizer a Mail.Er wanted our size u. If we wanted, we could have got a wetsuit. We decided against it. Instead, we had a swimsuit u. Short pants (which was wet in the end, but we knew it would happen (guide informed us)). For safety, we took the jacket from the guide. The guide offered us to take pictures on the way. We did not take our camera / cell phones because we were afraid that they would get wet. The guide sent us the photos immediately by email. We would do the tour again immediately. We drove around harbor, a bit out to sea and under the peer

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May 4, 2019

August 4, 2021

Product ID: 199639