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Sunset Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Knowledgeable Guide

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Sunset Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Knowledgeable Guide

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Paddle into the sunset along the Southern California coast during this beginner-friendly kayaking trip from Santa Barbara. Watch the last rays of the day melt into the Pacific as you travel through the glassy waters of Santa Barbara Harbor. As you move, you’ll pass by the historic wharf and past other boats, keeping your eyes out for marine life. An included lesson in astronomy and ecology from your guide is an added bonus. A guide and all necessary kayaking gear is included.
  • Take a sunset kayak tour along the shore of Santa Barbara
  • Discover the beautiful beaches and diverse marine life of this unique coastal environment
  • Get an introduction to kayaking or simply a chance to get on the water for a little while
  • Learn about the astronomy and marine ecology of Southern California
  • Enjoy the beautiful colors of the setting sun as it slowly 'melts' into the ocean
  • Great trip for nature lovers and fans of outdoor activities
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All associated kayaking gear (wet suit, PFD, helmet, paddle, etc.
Knowledgeable guide and discussion of natural history/marine ecology
Spectacular views of Santa Barbara
Personal expenses
Parking is $2.00 per hour, maximum $12.00 per car.
Gratuity for your guide(s) - While optional it is very much appreciated and to be given at your discretion in return for their leadership, expertise, and professionalism.You can tip the guide in cash or via credit card at the end of your tour as you feel appropriate.
301 W Cabrillo Blvd , 301 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

Enter the harbor at Harbor Way. Turn left and enter at the kiosk. Continue in the direction of the wharf. Follow the signs to the boat launch area. We will meet you at the boat ramp located at the end of the harbor parking lot (next to West Beach). Look for your guide with the kayaks.

This activity will end right where it started.
Get out on the water and learn about the unique coastal environment of Southern California during this Santa Barbara kayaking trip. Whether you’re brand-new to kayaking or just looking for a great way to admire this beautiful coastal area from the water, you’re sure to enjoy this outdoor adventure.

Begin your trip in the late afternoon from Santa Barbara Harbor, beginning your adventure with a comprehensive lesson in kayaking safety and technique. You’ll receive a personal floatation device and a splash jacket, along with an explanation of how to paddle to maximize each stroke with minimal effort. Once you’re ready, travel out into the harbor in either a double- or single-person boat. As you complete your paddle trip, you’ll have plenty of time to admire the beautiful surroundings, checking out gorgeous views of the nearby beaches as you continue. Best of all, your trip takes place in the golden light at the end of the day, offering amazing chance to admire the ocean as its color slowly changes to a rosy orange and subtle pink in the setting sun.

While you paddle, your guide will also offer an introduction to the marine ecology and astronomy of Southern California, helping you to better connect to the natural environment of this unique aquatic environment. Return back to your original departure point to finish your kayaking adventure.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • PLEASE NOTE: The start time changes throughout the year and is approximately 2 hours prior to sunset. Please call our office for confirmation of your meet time.
  • If your contact number is international please include your email address in the comment section.
  • Minimum numbers apply. Our kayak tours require a minimum of 2 participants to run. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • If you are a single traveler, please feel free to call our office to confirm availability
  • Children under 5 are not permitted. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult in a double kayak.
  • Although we offer dry bags to help keep gear dry, everything that comes on the kayaking trip runs the risk of getting wet. We therefore recommend that you only bring personal gear that can get wet or damp during the trip. Items that must stay dry such as cameras or other electronic devices, change of clothes or personal belongings should stay in your vehicle.
  • Sun Screen (SPF 30 or higher).
  • A hat with a brim.
  • Sunglasses with a neck strap such as "Chums" or “Croakies”
  • 1-quart (or greater) water bottle filled with water - please help us reduce our environmental footprint by bringing a re-usable bottle.
  • Wet shoes such as "Tevas" or "Aqua Socks" or an old pair of tennies.
  • Swim suit or swim trunks
  • Sweatshirt
  • A beach towel
  • Waterproof camera (recyclable).(optional)
  • Polyester shirt or other synthetic clothing (layering). (optional)
  • Double kayaks are automatically provided. Singles are available for odd number parties. Guests over 230lbs will be provided a single kayak.
  • Guests under 18 years of age MUST have a parent or legal guardian sign their release forms. If you need this paperwork sent to you ahead of time, please contact our office.
  • Santa Barbara Adventure Company . Channel Islands Adventure Company . 805-884-WAVE (805-884-9283)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Santa Barbara Adventure Company
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Sunset Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Knowledgeable Guide?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Sunset Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Knowledgeable Guide?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sunset Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Knowledgeable Guide?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Underwhelming- wouldn’t recommend for the price or experience
, Aug 2022
Unfortunately our impression of this tour is unfavorable. We were under the impression that we were getting 2 kayaks for the price. When we went to meet our guide Anders before our tour started and asked him a couple questions he acted as if we were bothering him. Throughout the tour he wasn’t very helpful, for example my friend needing help with her life jacket adjustments. We thought the areas we kayaked to could have been better. Around the boats and under the dock seemed rather lame. Two thumbs down
Recommend - but with reservations...
, Aug 2022
I've never kayaked in my life, so this was fun BUT... Even though I told the organizers this was my first time, and that I was by myself, they still put me in a kayak by myself... In the description it clearly says that you will be with someone. So it was ok. I'd recommend it for a once in a lifetime thing, but be sure to have someone else with you.
Beautiful evening!
, Jun 2022
We saw seals. Sea lions, dolphins and a lot of birds. The sunset was beautiful! Our guide, Zack, was fantastic!
Great experience!!
, Mar 2022
Jess was AMAZING! Patient and knowledgeable! Kind soul. My kids and I had a blast and learned a lot. On top of seeing sea lions, harbor seals and a grey whale!!
Sunset Kayaking
, Aug 2020
Scott was a great guide. We felt safe and had a great time. He was very knowledgeable. We saw the Santa Barbara area from a great perspective.
Kayak sunset tour of Santa Barbara
, Jul 2020
Scott our kayak tour guide was THE BEST! Very knowledgeable and friendly and took us all over the place. Our favorite was going under the wharf a couple of times. Great instruction on how to maneuver the kayak as well. Highly recommend!!!
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