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Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide

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Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

This private Santa Barbara kayaking tour lets you explore the marine life and landmarks of Santa Barbara Harbor and the spectacular coastline on the ‘American Riviera’ along one of four different routes. Take in views of rugged shoreline cliffs and the Santa Ynez Mountains, and be on the lookout for dolphins and seals. This 1.5- to 2.5-hour tour is led by an experienced kayak guide who points out natural features and customizes the speed of the ride according to your skill level.
  • Private tour of the Santa Barbara coastline by kayak
  • Choose from three different kayak rides with vistas of Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Mountains
  • Spot seals and dolphins in the sapphire-blue waters
  • Suitable for beginners as well as more advanced kayakers
  • Private tour provides a more personalized experience
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Kayaks
Life jackets
Local guide
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

45-99 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

You'll meet your guide on the sand of West Beach just north of the pier! You'll see our gear directly across from the Harbor View Inn Hotel.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Go kayaking in Santa Barbara, beginning your kayak tour at Santa Barbara Harbor or Leadbetter Beach, depending on your selection at booking. Meet your private instructor for a safety briefing and receive kayaking instruction according to your skill level. 

Slip on the provided life jacket (and wetsuit if it’s chilly), then climb into your stable, top-of-the-line vessel and set off on your 1.5- to 2.5-hour private kayak tour of the Santa Barbara coastline. Choose from four different routes of varying duration and difficulty (see options in Itinerary below); your very own guide will tailor the speed of paddling to your preferences and customize commentary according to your interests.

You’ll appreciate the natural beauty of Santa Barbara from the water, including cliffside vistas and views of the Santa Ynez Mountains as your informative guide details Santa Barbara's history and attractions.

When your kayak tour is complete, each route loops back to its departure point.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You will be meeting your guide at West Beach which is located on the beach directly across from the Harbor View Inn Hotel (28 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara). You will see our blue rental flags, white equipment shed, and stand up paddle boards and kayaks.
  • Children ages 5 to 11 years must be in a tandem kayak with an parent or guardian regardless of skill level
  • All persons must be able to swim
  • Please remember to bring your swimsuit and towel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Cal Coast Adventures
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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide.

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  • "It's our first time here in Santa Barbara and the kayak tour is highly recommended." See review

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Tevyn_S
, Oct 2021
The sea lions were awesome to see with them yelling at each other fighting for space. The seal was really cool too! Same with going under the pier and the boat!!! Would 10/10 recommend
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Glad you had a good time on our Kayak tour! hope to see you again.
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Relaxing Kayaking Tour
Patrice_M
, Aug 2021
Our guide was great! She was patient with us teaching us how to steer our kayaks. But despite the learning curve in the first few minutes, the excursion was very relaxing. We enjoyed the scenery, seeing sea monkeys up close, chatting with our guide learned some Santa Barbara history, and got a little workout. I would definitely recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks so much for the review, Patrice! Happy to hear that you had such a wonderful kayak excursion here with us in Santa Barbara. See you next time!
star-5
Enjoyable.
bethsheedy7
, Aug 2021
Loved the trip around the harbor. Enjoyable experience. Would definitely do this again. Nice to see Santa Barbara from a different view.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for taking our Santa Barbara kayak tour!
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Loved our tour with Nate
Lara_A
, Jul 2021
Nate was a great guide! Thank you for taking us to see the sea lions, giving us info about the boats and birds, and doing the special extras that we requested like looking for starfish at the pier (even if we didn’t find any). Loved our tour!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for taking our kayak tour and pumped you had a great time with Nate!
star-5
Great kayak trip!
Deirdre_L
, Jul 2021
Great guide! She knew lots about the harbor, the town, and the wildlife. Easy arrival and parking. Would do this again for sure!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for taking our kayak tour!
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Great..
priya_r
, Jul 2021
The swim at the tiny island n the sea lion sighting. The guide was very friendly and informative. Would recommend
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi there, it sounds like you had a great kayak tour! Let us know if there was anything we could of done differently to earn a 5 star from you. We're always trying to improve our tour. Thanks
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Fun in the Sun
DTN
, Jul 2021
We had a really fun time at the kayak tour — first timers. Everyone was accommodating and nice. Our guide Molly was sweet and super knowledgeable re: the history of Santa Barbara. Our other guide Jason, is just a ball of energy! Fun. Would go back for sure.
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Excellent tour guide & kayak experience
Geri_K
, Jul 2021
Stella was an excellent guide. She was extremely patient with us. Stella made an effort to get to know us and share her knowledge. We had a wonderful experience! Thank you, Stella!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hey thanks for the awesome review! We are stoked to hear you had a blast on the kayak tour with our awesome guide Stella. We hope to see you again on your next Santa Barbara adventure!
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Great for families
Jimena_B
, Jul 2021
First timers. We had the best time. Our tour guides were kind, patient, and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for the awesome review! We are stoked to hear you had a blast on the electric bike tour! We hope to see you again on your next Santa Barbara adventure!
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Can't wait to Kayak again
Lauren_R
, Jul 2021
Paige was amazing!!! This was our first time ever kayaking she was super patient and informative. Thus experience is definitely a must
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks so much for your review, Lauren! Glad to hear that Paige is leading such an amazing tour! Hope to see you next time, take care.

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