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Condor Express Whale Watching

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Address: 301 West Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number: +1 805-882-0088
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Experience of a Lifetime!!

We went out Nov 14, 2015. Hopeful, but not expecting much since this was not during peak sighting time frames. Couldn't have been more surprised. Saw a total of nine humpbacks... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Oakdale, Pennsylvania

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Oakdale, Pennsylvania
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103 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went out Nov 14, 2015. Hopeful, but not expecting much since this was not during peak sighting time frames. Couldn't have been more surprised. Saw a total of nine humpbacks, two minkes and more dolphins than you could count. What made it so special was when I was standing on the lowest level and one humpback ever so slowly,... More 

Thank mare4422
Zurich, Switzerland
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I thought about giving 5 instead of four points ("excellent" instead of just "very good") but since I haven't done any other whale watching tours to compare, I held back.... but I had a very positive experience. It isn't the absolute top season and as we set out, so I was aware we might not see much...it took a while... More 

Thank FamilyLinCH
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a highlight of our trip to California. We saw about 5 or 6 humpbacks, at one point there were 3 surrounding the boat. Also hundreds of dolphins and sea lions. The crew were very knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank tourist198299
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

In June 2015 we reserved a place on-line to go whale watching in Santa Barbara in October 2015. We booked for Tuesday 6th October for 10am and arrived half an hour early as specified in the email confirmation that I received back. We saw the boat and entered the booking office. The girl inside looked at us with a puzzled... More 

Thank Jasonmc77
Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I took the tour today, we are over holidaying from Australia. We had a fantastic day, we were so lucky to see 9 humpback whales..!!! One juvenile male came so close to the boat and was breaching out of the water, tail slapping & totally playing up to the boat. It was amazing! We also saw about... More 

Thank Haley S
Essex, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We had an amazing trip out whale watching with the crew of the Condor Express, the boat was very environmentally friendly towards the beautiful mammals in the sea, as the boat has jet propulsion and not propellers, but is very modern and fast. Our day was fantastic and like a dream come true as we were so lucky in the... More 

Thank Alexandra J
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43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We went on this excursion from a cruise ship. Connections were flawless. Volunteer Debbie was very informative. Food was better than you could find at a restaurant and very reasonable. Try the burgers. Chef even brought our food to us when it was ready. Everyone did their best to find ocean creatures that would be of interest. We saw a... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We are locals and decided to take a day out on The Condor. Our weather has been beautiful 80 degrees every day. We picked a great calm day to go whale watching. Saw whales, dolphin and hammer head sharks. the captain narates most of the trip so you know what you are looking for. Comfortable ride and great made to... More 

Thank MandLCarey
London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Initially found this place very hard to find as not very well signposted. However it was worth persevering as we had a great day out. We were lucky enough to see dolphins, sea lions, fin whales & also blue whales including one that showed its fluke.

Thank Nabbtop
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Nice new, clean and comfortable boat and great crew and volunteers on board! The ocean was very rough that day, and the captain communicated this well with us so nu surprises there. Still a pretty rough ride the first hour, but nothing to be scared of or anything. We spotted humpbacks, seals and dolphins and the crew and captain were... More 

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