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Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide

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Safety measures
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
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Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

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

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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date 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 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
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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
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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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Fun family adventure
Linda_L
, Jun 2021
Beautiful views of the harbor in Santa Barbara on this fun family kayak tour. Viator.com never disappoints!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hey Linda, Thanks for the awesome review! We are pumped to hear you had a good time kayaking around the Santa Barbara Waterfront.
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Fun and knowledgeable
Renae_K
, Jun 2021
We had a Santa Barbara native that gave us lots of personal stories of his on experiences with the history of the land. Our instructor was very friendly and knowledgeable on the history of Santa Barbara. We had a fun time kayaking!! We would do it again and recommend it for anyone thinking about doing it! Minnesota Visitor to Santa Barbara
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hey Renae, Thanks for the awesome review! We are excited to hear you had a great time kayaking around the Santa Barbara waterfront! we hope to see you again on your next Santa Barbara adventure!
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Very relaxing
Gabriela_T
, May 2021
My husband and I had the first time in kayak, it was a very nice experience, very safe and relaxing and fun we had the opportunity to see the lion seals
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Glad you enjoyed our Santa Barbara Kayak Tour!
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Great fun with great guide!
andreas_k
, May 2021
Our guide Andre was priceless!! Awesome guy!! Very fun experience!! Recommend for a casual trip on a kayak around the harbor and peer area.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thanks for taking our kayak tour. Hope you enjoyed your stay in Santa Barbara
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Fun time on the water. Beautiful views
TravelingV
, May 2021
Wonderful way to see Santa Barbara and the hills from the water. We are kayak beginners and our guide kept us safe a let us go at our own pace. We now look forward to kayaking again.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Right on! Glad the kayak tour was safe and your speed!
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Fabulous
Eve_H
, May 2021
Oh my goodness!!! We had a fabulous time kayaking!!! Gorgeous weather! And what a sensational guide! He told us great stories! He pointed out some natural sites we’d otherwise may have missed. He picked up on our joyful moods and created a wonderful fun experience!!! Perfect outing!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks for the amazing review! We are stoked to hear you had a blast kayaking around the Santa Barbara waterfront during your kayak tour. We hope to see you again on your next Santa Barbara adventure!
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The Best Time Ever!
Staci_B
, May 2021
We had so much fun on the Kayak Tour of SB. My husband and I decided to take a day trip and thought this tour looked interesting and fun. We are so glad we did and had a FANTASTIC time. Sean our tour guide was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable about the sea life and the history of the Santa Barbara harbor. We highly highly recommend because we had the best time with Sean on the tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hi Staci, thank you so much for your review! Seeing Santa Barbara by kayak is one of the best vantage points. Seeing everything from sea life and vistas of the American Riviera, this kayak tour is one you don't want to miss! See you next time! Take care.
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Good times
Jannetta_M
, May 2021
Andre was awesome!!! It was a fun experience. He was very kind and informative. He shared a lot about Santa Barbara while kayak. We got the fun and the history. Thanks!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
So glad you enjoyed your kayak tour of Santa Barbara! Seeing the coastline of Santa Barbara is definitely best seen from the water. Plus it's always fun to learn a little about the places you visit. Hope to see you again sometime soon, take care.
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Great fun in Santa Barbara
Katherine_K
, May 2021
We had an amazing time. Andre, Ryan and Cai were terrific tour guides. They took us through some interesting channels in the harbor and then a cool open water experience. There were five of us in our party and we all thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Kayak tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks for going on our Santa Barbara Kayak Tour. Pumped your group had a great time!
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Fun kayak experience
Pinky_L
, Apr 2021
The kayak experience was fun and memorable for us. It's our first time here in Santa Barbara and the kayak tour is highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thanks so much for joining us! Hope to see you again sometime soon, take care
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