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Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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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Cal Coast Adventures at West Beach , 45-99 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

You'll meet your guide on the sand of West Beach just north of the pier! You'll see our gear directly across from the Harbor View Inn Hotel.

This activity will end right where it started.
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide.

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  • "It's our first time here in Santa Barbara and the kayak tour is highly recommended." See review

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Kayaking is fun in Santa Barbara with Carson and sophia
Mary_M
, May 2022
Carson and Sophia were great guides and so chill! We are in our 70s and don’t exercise or kayak and it’s so easy and fun and safe. Calmly zen being that close to the water. The paddling is like doing Tai chi in the Santa Barbara bay. A must do!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Glad you enjoyed your kayak tour with Carson and Sofia! Sounds like you had a great relaxing experience on the water!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Cole was an excellent...
Lena_R
, May 2022
Cole was an excellent tour guide. We appreciated his knowledge and friendliness throughout the tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Lena! Thanks for your positive review about your Kayak Tour with Cole. We are glad that you appreciated his experience as a guide and that you had a good time on the water!
star-5
Fun activity
Bona_H
, Feb 2022
It was only my family with my parents and fiancé. My dad and I in the same Kayak struggled little bit but the instructor was patient and knowledgeable. We didn’t have swim suits and got wet here and there, but it was still fine. I’m glad I booked this activity at the end of the trip. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed the kayak tour with Cai!
star-5
so great!
Lisa_W
, Oct 2021
the tour guides knowledge of the area.. he was awesome! We kayaked places we would not have been able to or have known about because of his expertise.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks for the awesome review! We are stoked to hear you had a great time kayaking around the Santa Barbara Harbor! Hope to see you again out on the water!
star-5
Best Features
Tevyn_S
, Oct 2021
The sea lions were awesome to see with them yelling at each other fighting for space. The seal was really cool too! Same with going under the pier and the boat!!! Would 10/10 recommend
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Glad you had a good time on our Kayak tour! hope to see you again.
star-5
Relaxing Kayaking Tour
Patrice_M
, Aug 2021
Our guide was great! She was patient with us teaching us how to steer our kayaks. But despite the learning curve in the first few minutes, the excursion was very relaxing. We enjoyed the scenery, seeing sea monkeys up close, chatting with our guide learned some Santa Barbara history, and got a little workout. I would definitely recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks so much for the review, Patrice! Happy to hear that you had such a wonderful kayak excursion here with us in Santa Barbara. See you next time!
star-5
Enjoyable.
Beth_S
, Aug 2021
Loved the trip around the harbor. Enjoyable experience. Would definitely do this again. Nice to see Santa Barbara from a different view.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for taking our Santa Barbara kayak tour!
star-5
Loved our tour with Nate
Lara_A
, Jul 2021
Nate was a great guide! Thank you for taking us to see the sea lions, giving us info about the boats and birds, and doing the special extras that we requested like looking for starfish at the pier (even if we didn’t find any). Loved our tour!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for taking our kayak tour and pumped you had a great time with Nate!
star-5
Great kayak trip!
Deirdre_L
, Jul 2021
Great guide! She knew lots about the harbor, the town, and the wildlife. Easy arrival and parking. Would do this again for sure!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for taking our kayak tour!
star-4
Great..
priya_r
, Jul 2021
The swim at the tiny island n the sea lion sighting. The guide was very friendly and informative. Would recommend
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hi there, it sounds like you had a great kayak tour! Let us know if there was anything we could of done differently to earn a 5 star from you. We're always trying to improve our tour. Thanks
star-5
Fun in the Sun
DucThanh_N
, Jul 2021
We had a really fun time at the kayak tour — first timers. Everyone was accommodating and nice. Our guide Molly was sweet and super knowledgeable re: the history of Santa Barbara. Our other guide Jason, is just a ball of energy! Fun. Would go back for sure.
star-5
Excellent tour guide & kayak experience
Geri_K
, Jul 2021
Stella was an excellent guide. She was extremely patient with us. Stella made an effort to get to know us and share her knowledge. We had a wonderful experience! Thank you, Stella!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Hey thanks for the awesome review! We are stoked to hear you had a blast on the kayak tour with our awesome guide Stella. We hope to see you again on your next Santa Barbara adventure!
star-5
Great for families
Jimena_B
, Jul 2021
First timers. We had the best time. Our tour guides were kind, patient, and knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for the awesome review! We are stoked to hear you had a blast on the electric bike tour! We hope to see you again on your next Santa Barbara adventure!
star-5
Can't wait to Kayak again
Lauren_R
, Jul 2021
Paige was amazing!!! This was our first time ever kayaking she was super patient and informative. Thus experience is definitely a must
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks so much for your review, Lauren! Glad to hear that Paige is leading such an amazing tour! Hope to see you next time, take care.
star-5
Family fun kayaking
Ronald_B
, Jul 2021
We really enjoyed our kayaking g adventure. Sean & Kasia was very knowledgeable and very attentive. The weather was beautiful, the water was calm and the sea lions are adorable!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks so much for your review! We hope to see you back out on the water sometime soon! Take care.
star-5
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.
star-5
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!
star-5
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!
star-5
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
star-5
Fun time on the water. Beautiful views
Valerie_V
, 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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