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Private Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Stearns Wharf, West Beach, Santa Barbara, CA
    1h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Kayaks
    • Life jackets
    • Local guide
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    The description and pictures in Trip Advisor suggested this would be a real adventure up the coast and even exploring some caves. In reality, it was a tour around the harbor. Emily was nice and very helpful but having a private guide was probably not...More

    Thank Brad H
    Mitch H, Manager at Cal Coast Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Thank you for the feedback Brad. Glad to hear that the kayak tour was relaxing and beautiful. The caves that can be explored are 26 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara on the islands and an all day event. We as a company don't...More

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    Liam was our guide and gave us a beautiful tour of the harbor, despite the fog. He shared history of the area and accommodated our paddling pace. Would definitely recommend this tour!

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    Reviewed 3 August 2019 via mobile

    We went out with Liam a guide, 2 teens and me in 2 double kayaks. Relaxing trip, not pressured to go at a pace. Saw some sea lions on a buoy and a couple of birds. Pleasant trip with a bit of local information. Always...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank gerrardscrossmum
    calcoastadventures, Manager at Cal Coast Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2019

    Hi Gerrard, We're glad you enjoyed your Santa Barbara Kayak Tour experience. Kayaking is a relaxing and unique way to explore the wonderful Santa Barbara waterfront. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

    Reviewed 17 July 2019

    The tour was super relaxing and so much fun! Emily was our tour guide and was super fun, chill and easy to talk to. My friends and I had a great time and would definitely do it again!

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Elise T
    calcoastadventures, Manager at Cal Coast Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2019

    Thanks Elise! So cool to hear that your kayak tour guide Emily made the adventure so fun and smooth. Hope to get you kayaking more in the future! safe travels!

    Reviewed 19 June 2019 via mobile

    Great experience with great tour guide! Emily was awesome! She was attentive and very helpful throughout the whole tour. Extremely friendly and also advised us on some places to visit in the area!

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Ricardo M
    CalCoastTeam, Manager at Cal Coast Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2019

    Thanks Ricardo! Emily has been leading kayak tours for us for years and it is no surprise that she showed you a helpful and friendly paddle through the Santa Barbara harbor. Hope to see you on your next travels!

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    Enrique G
    16 March 2019|
    Response from 89ameliam | Reviewed this property |
    Yes for sure they are very sturdy sit on top kayaks
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