The Adventure Blog

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

What is the difference between Scorpion Ranch and Painted Cave Kayaking?

During the summer we offer a lot of trips, but our two most popular trips to Channel Islands National Park are Sea Cave Kayaking at Scorpion Ranch and the Painted Cave Kayak excursion. Both are incredible trips and I would highly recommend them to anyone considering a trip to the islands. Both trips explore areas…

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Introducing Arroyo Honda and Migaloo!

Rosie, Quicksilver, Great White, and Coastbuster (a.k.a. Vanna White). These are the names of our beloved and trusty adventure vans, who will undoubtedly run thousands of outstanding trips throughout their lifetime. It’s a tough job to excel at, and it’s not just any van that fits the mold. But every once in a while, a…

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TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Winner 2015

Santa Barbara Adventure Company is proud to announce that we have been inaugurated into the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. This award is reserved for tour operators who have received the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row. Thanks to our amazing staff (pictured left) we have been rated Number One (#1)…

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TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Winner 2015

Santa Barbara Adventure Company is proud to announce that we have been inaugurated into the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. This award is reserved for tour operators who have received the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row. We  have been rated Number One (#1) on TripAdvisor for all activities within the…

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Refugio State Beach Oil Spill Response

As a small business that constantly utilizes and enjoys Refugio State Beach and its surrounding areas as a destination for ecotourism and outdoor education, Santa Barbara Adventure Company is deeply saddened and conflicted by the oil spill on May 19, 2015. The spill has already resulted in devastating effects on the beautiful and beloved marine…

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Marine Debris Clean Up Trip

On February 26, 2015, Santa Barbara Adventure Company organized a volunteer trip to Santa Cruz Island and collected over 1,300 pounds of trash to raise awareness about the growing problem of trash accumulating in our oceans. Key organizers of the event were Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, Santa Barbara Adventure Company, and Island Packers. Additional participants included, Environmental…

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SBACO Featured in Outside Magazine

Check out the latest issue of Outside Magazine for a great story on winter escapes. Our Sea Cave Kayak trip and our Kayak and Camp trips at the Channel Islands were featured. We are lucky to be able to kayak year round with great weather in every month of the year. Thanks to Outside Magazine for…

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Give the Gift of Adventure this Holiday

The holiday season is here and what better gift than adventure! Take your special person to the Channel Islands National Park or give someone special fun surf lessons. Our gift certificates can be given in almost any amount and can be used on most tours including kayaking, biking, surf lessons and wine tours. We also offer shirts…

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How to Minimize Waste at the Channel Islands

The privilege of being immersed in a nearly pristine environment is part of what makes kayaking at the Channel Islands an incredible experience. The crystal-clear water and richness of wildlife at the islands cannot be seen elsewhere. That’s why it’s important for human visitors to do their part to reduce their impact and help keep…

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Tips for Horseback Riding

There is nothing quite like riding down a trial on the back of a beautiful stallion. But if it is your first time riding a horse, the idea might be a little scary. Horses are power and amazing creatures – it is important to understand the animal you are on and to respect its strength.…

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