The Adventure Blog

Read about our adventures as we explore California's coast and Channel Islands National Park!

Kayaking Potato Harbor: The Ultimate Channel Islands Adventure

Kayakers at Potato Harbor. Photo by Chuck Graham. Nearly finished with another circumnavigation of Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Islands, my friend Craig Fernandez and I made a pit stop inside Potato Harbor. While stretching stiff legs along the cobbled shoreline within a pocket cove inside the harbor, one of the islands’ many natural wonders…

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Santa Barbara Adventure Company Ranks Top Five in USA TODAY’s “Best Kayaking Tour” Contest

We are proud to announce that Santa Barbara Adventure Company (SBACo) has been awarded the prestigious title of “Best Kayaking Tour” in the 2023 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice. This national recognition is a testament to our commitment to providing exceptional kayak tours in the stunning Santa Barbara and Channel Islands National Park regions. It…

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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: July (2023)

Summertime is well underway in California! Check out some of our favorite places and tips for enjoying the best Santa Barbara has to offer in July. We have included as much helpful information as possible, but in case we missed anything, feel free to add details in the comments section below. Snorkel Tours at Channel…

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The Island Fox: An Icon’s Triumph on Santa Cruz Island

Island fox on an agave plant at Santa Cruz Island. Photo by Chuck Graham. There was a time on Santa Cruz Island when one could go days without seeing an island fox. There was a time when you would easily see more feral pigs than the endemic Urocyon littoralis.  That was in 1999 when non-native…

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Marine geyser at Channel Islands National Park

Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: June (2023)

No matter whether you love to spend your days under the sun at the beach, hiking the backcountry, wine tasting at vineyards, visiting great museums, or conquering the next epic adventure, there is so much fun to be had in Santa Barbara during the month of June! We’ve put together a list of ideas for…

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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: May (2023)

May is here, and sunny Santa Barbara is buzzing with excitement and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. As the American Riviera soaks up the sun, we’ve got you covered with a fantastic lineup of must-do events and attractions. In this month’s blog, we’re sharing our top picks of cool experiences you won’t want to…

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2023 Superbloom: Chasing Island Wildflowers

Photo of seaside daises and kayakers at Scorpion Anchorage by Chuck Graham. After four months of steady, consistent 2022/23 winter rains, anticipation mounts amongst island lovers for an incoming, colorful, vibrant spring. Waterfalls are gushing off sheer cliffs, and side canyons that are typically dry are like vital tributaries breathing life into significant canyons such…

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Kayak guide Aubrie Fowler leads a sea cave kayak tour at Scorpion Anchorage

Exploring the Channel Islands with Kayak Guide Aubrie Fowler

To say Aubrie Fowler wears many hats might be a slight understatement. She’s been leading kayak and snorkel tours for Santa Barbara Adventure Company (SBACo) at Scorpion Anchorage on the Southeast fringe of Santa Cruz Island at Channel Islands National Park since the spring of 2018. She’s also on the ground (and in the water)…

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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: April (2023)

April is the perfect time to embrace the beauty and excitement Santa Barbara has to offer. As the “American Riviera” comes to life with spring, our vibrant coastal paradise boasts a variety of events and attractions for all tastes and interests. We’ve handpicked a selection of must-see attractions and events. From thrilling outdoor adventures to…

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Easter Egg Hunts in Santa Barbara

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to bring out the Easter baskets, decorate eggs, and embark on exciting egg hunts! If you’re spending your Easter holiday in Santa Barbara, there’s no shortage of delightful events for you and your family to enjoy. Here are some of the top Easter celebrations in the area: Santa Barbara…

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