The Adventure Blog

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

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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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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Santa Barbara Adventure Company awarded “2023 Hospitality Business of the Year”

We are thrilled to share the exciting news that our company has been named 2023 Hospitality Business of the Year by the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce! Our team, including President Michael Cohen, attended the Annual Meeting & Business Awards on February 2nd where Michael humbly accepted the award and shared these thoughts: “My heart is full…

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Santa Barbara Thanksgiving 2022

Although Santa Barbara’s fantastic climate can often trick us into thinking summer is a year-round affair, the holiday season has arrived, whether we’re ready or not!  Fortunately, Santa Barbara is packed with great holiday activities for people of all ages this time of year, and we have highlighted some of the area’s best events and…

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Fun Things to Do in Santa Barbara: November 2022

Fall is here and the weather is not changing very much — because this is Santa Barbara! It is still sunny and beautiful as ever. Guests are out enjoying kayaking and surfing well into the fall and even throughout the winter. There are many fun things to do around town during the month of November.…

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AWESOME Labor Day Weekend Adventures in Santa Barbara

There’s no better way to spend the 3-day Labor Day Weekend than out on the water! Here are some fun Santa Barbara coastal adventures to make sure your holiday is nothing short of AWESOME: Our Gaviota Coast Kayak Tour explores one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the Santa Barbara area. Join us for a day of…

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COVID-Ready Operational Response Plan

As always, the safety of our guests and staff is our primary concern. In agreement with the Santa Barbara County Health Department and in following the directives placed forth by the CDC, the Santa Barbara Adventure Company will implement the following practices to mitigate the possibility of COVID-19 exposure for guests and employees. Increased Safety…

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Can We Bring Pets on Our Tour?

The Santa Barbara Adventure Company permits guests with disabilities to bring their service animals which are “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability” onto tours as such. For a definition of a service animal, please see the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) definition.

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Island Life: Photos from Santa Cruz Island

Every summer we send out cameras and video recorders on trips and every season our guides do their best to capture the beauty of Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas. This summer our channel islands guides have brought home some incredible images from their days on Santa Cruz Island. When they are not guiding kayak tours and…

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