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Condor Cruises

Address: Sea Landing, 301 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA
Phone Number: 805-882-0088
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Ranked #29 of 144 Activities in Santa Barbara
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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Pre-booked for this whale watching tour we were so glad that we did. This was one of the highlights of our visit to California. Expectations were set by the guides before leaving For some reason, the jet powered catamaran, did not make either my wife or I feel seasick, which was a real plus for those prone to this. On... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Booked up yesterday whilst in Santa Barbara. Reviews said possible sightings but OMG...1 x minky, 8 or so blue whales and youngsters, dolphins galour, seals and an array of birds. What an amazing trip. Most staff were volunteers....if I lived here I would volunteer also as it would be a pleasure. Thank you so much for such an amazing day!!!!!

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New York City, New York
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31 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We saw 3 humpback whales, a megapod of Dolphins, many sea lions, lots of birds and got close up views of the oil rigs as well as Santa Cruz island. The catamaran is very comfortable but would recommend Dramamine if seasick prone- there were two passengers who couldn't tolerate the motion. The crew is very knowledgeable and pleasant. We brought... More 

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Rimbey, Alberta, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

I very rarely say excellent in my reviews, but this trip deserves it! The boat is great good size and my trip was not overloaded, plus there re refreshments on board. The highlight was the sightings, we saw 2 whales one very close it swam under the boat and fed in the surface which is unusual according to the captain.... More 

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Wellington, Shropshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This was simply breathtaking. I rang up in the morning & booked onto the half day trip. The boat is plenty big enough for the 25 or so people on board. Fortunately the sea was calm, but it was very overcast, which meant the water was quite flat grey in colour. As soon as we started we say California Sea... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Over a thousand dolphins, 2 separate whale sightings, about 5 dozen seals and sea lions. Was an awesome day!!!! Food and beverages on board are good and reasonably priced. Ample restrooms. Comfortable ship. Crew took their time to make sure passengers had their fill of marine life. I very highly recommend this day trip!!!!! Worth the money.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

My husband and I were very much looking forward to whale watching with Condor Express, and they exceeded our expectations! The crew was outstanding - friendly, informative, happy to be aboard, eager to help us find whales and sealife. The boat was clean, sturdy, served good breakfast sandwiches and burritos, as well as burgers later in the trip. We saw... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I have been on this boat maybe 10 times and love the way you can get over to Santa Cruise Island and have a great coastal cruise. Most times, I have seen whales and dolphins. I have even chartered the boat for a pre-wedding Sunset cruise which was a great hit with our out of town guests. I have always... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We walked up last minute June 18, had never done this before, would do it again in a minute for $99. Captain Dave and crew were very informative, professional, and very thorough. We saw 9 humpbacks, thousands of dolphins, and sea lions. The 4.5 hour cruise took us out a few miles , but the coastline was always in sight.... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We booked last minute for this trip and it could not have been better. The staff were friendly and informative throughout! They warned there would be swell and there was. We saw 3 humpback whales so close you could almost touch them and 1 blue whale. It was truly spectacular. Go for it if you get the chance.

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