Coastal Kayaking in Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara Coastal Kayaking

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Santa Barbara

Kayak the American Riviera!

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Starting point and time: Santa Barbara Harbor, 10am-2pm.

Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate.

Cost: $89 per person, 2 person minimum.

Paddling time and distance: 3-4 miles.

Includes: All necessary kayaking gear, deli style lunch, comprehensive instruction, knowledgeable guide, and discussions of natural history and marine ecology.

Overview

A relaxing day of paddling along the Santa Barbara waterfront. See the American Riviera from a unique perspective. We can’t promise you’ll be as lucky, but some of our guests have paddled with whales on this trip–even with its proximity to the city. We “put-in” at the Santa Barbara harbor, after a comprehensive kayak lesson. Our journey takes us through the harbor, along secluded beaches, past sea lions and kelp forests and around the historic pier. Guides will offer insight in to the history of the region as well as local marine ecology. The group will stop on a secluded beach for lunch, before completing a large loop, ending back at the harbor. People love this paddle because of the relaxed pace and incredible marine life as well as taking in the views of town from the water.

El Capitan Kayak

Kayak Adventures from El Capitan State Beach

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Starting point and time: El Capitan State Beach, 10am – 2pm.

Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate.

Cost: $112 per person, 2 person minimum.

Paddling time and distance: 3 miles.

Includes: All necessary kayaking gear, deli style lunch, comprehensive instruction, knowledgeable guide, and discussions of natural history and marine ecology.

Overview

This is one of our most popular coastal trips, showing you an incredible section of coastline. The Gaviota Coast is one of the few remaining sections of undeveloped, open coastline in California, and is home to more than 1500 species of plant and animal life. A perfect day of paddling, swimming and fun.

We meet at El Capitan State Beach, a 15-20 minute drive north of Santa Barbara. Once outfitted, your guides offer a thorough kayaking lesson on shore, including instruction for surf entries and exits. Once we are on the water and feeling comfortable, we will tour a total of 3 miles, stopping to learn about Marine Ecology and the Santa Barbara Channel, and hopefully paddling with dolphins. As the trip progresses, we offer a fun series of kayak challenges and games. This unforgettable trip provides great opportunities to swim, play or just float. It’s perfect for kids (age 5 and older) as well. At the end of the paddle we will land back at El Cpaitan state Beach for a well-earned picnic lunch provided by your guide (included in your fee). 

Fun Paddle

A Great Intro to Kayaking or Group Activity!

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Starting point and time: Sea Landing, Santa Barbara Harbor, departing at 10:00am and 1:00pm.

Level of difficulty: Easy.

Cost: $55 per person.* Available Saturdays and Sundays throughout the Summer. Please call our office for midweek availability.

Paddling time and distance: 1-2 miles.

Includes: Knowledgeable guide, basic instruction, all necessary kayaking gear.

*4 person minimum, tour may be canceled if less than 4 people book on any date.

Overview

Join us for a relaxing introduction to kayaking  where we’ll take a 2 hour paddling adventure around Santa Barbara shoreline. This tour is the perfect half day activity, and a great introduction to the exciting sport of sea kayaking. Fun and affordable for the whole family!

Refugio Kayak

Discover Refugio’s Undeveloped Coastline!

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 June 22nd Update:

On May 18, 2015, an oil spill occurred adjacent to Refugio State Beach with a significant amount of oil released into the ocean. The area around Refugio State Beach was impacted and remains closed to the public.

Due to this recent oil spill, this tour is currently not available. As soon as the clean up is finished and the beach is reopened, we will resume this tour. The most recent update from the response team suggests the beach may reopen on July 9th. All other tours remain unaffected by the spill and are operating daily. Please call our office if you have any questions. 

 

Starting point and time: Refugio State Beach, 10am – 2pm.

Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate.

Cost: $112 per person, 2 person minimum.

Paddling time and distance: 3 miles.

Includes: All necessary kayaking gear, deli style lunch, comprehensive instruction, knowledgeable guide, and discussions of natural history and marine ecology.

Overview

A perfect day of kayaking, swimming and fun.
This is our most popular coastal trip, showing you an incredible section of coastline. The Gaviota Coast is one of the few remaining sections of undeveloped, open coastline in California, and is home to more than 1500 species of plant and animal life.

We meet at Refugio State Beach. Once outfitted, your guide will offer a thorough kayaking lesson on shore, including instruction for surf entries and exits. Once we are on the water and feeling comfortable, we will tour a total of 3 miles, stopping in pristine kelp beds to learn about Marine Ecology and the Santa Barbara Channel, and hopefully kayaking with dolphins. At mid-day we’ll stop for lunch, served on a secluded beach (included in your fee). As the trip progresses, we offer a fun series of kayak challenges and games. This unforgettable trip provides great opportunities to swim, play or just float. It’s perfect for kids (age 7 and older) as well.

Sunset Kayak

Enjoy an evening Sunset Kayak!

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Evening Astronomy Kayak

Starting point and time: Santa Barbara Harbor at 5 -7pm. Start time varies during the seasons, check your confirmation.

Level of difficulty: Easy to Moderate.

Cost: $89 per person*

Paddling time and distance: 1-2 miles, 2+ hours on the water.

Minimum Age: Children need to be at least 8 years old and able to share a double kayak with an adult. Children 10 years and older may be able to paddle their own single kayak, depending on their size and strength.

Includes: Marine ecology, all necessary kayaking gear, basic paddling instruction, knowledgeable guide.

*4 person minimum, tour may be canceled if less than 4 people book on any date.

Overview

An evening of paddling and watching the night sky. This twilight trip is a great way to end a full day.

We meet before sunset for a comprehensive kayaking lesson. Then we head out to sea in single or double kayaks where we watch the colors change and stars appear. While the sky’s transition from day to night is reflected on the water, our guides offer astronomy myths, pointing out constellations and visible planets. We tour the perfect distance before landing on the beach.