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Address: 301 West Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number: +1 805-882-0088
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Several reviewers seem to have complained about this outfit but we found it to be excellent! Nature and wild animals are unpredictable, so complaining about what you didn't see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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98 reviews 98 reviews
14 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Several reviewers seem to have complained about this outfit but we found it to be excellent! Nature and wild animals are unpredictable, so complaining about what you didn't see would be unfair to the outfit. Our trip was much better than we had anticipated based on several of the reviews we read. It's $50/person so not cheap. Almost 3 hours... More 

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Pasadena, CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Don't be put off by the poorly designed website nor the wait time when you call nor the less than friendly voice you are greeted with when finally talking to someone to purchase your tickets, nor even the hard-to-find docking area and limited parking-- THIS IS A FANTASTIC WHALE WATCHING TOUR (we saw 3 grey whales, four pod of dolphin... More 

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Truckee, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I will begin by saying that I cannot speak for the quality of the tour as it was cancelled on the day we visited. I understand that there are plenty of reasons why tours get cancelled and that life happens. Definitely a bummer, but understandable. That said, the way it was handled was horrendous. After reading the reviews on this... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

It was a beautiful day, we saw a lot of dolphins, sea lions and one whale. There were two volunteers on board that made all the difference. They were very nice and explained a lot of things about the wild life and whales. The only problem was, nobody told us that they were doing that on the upper deck. Half... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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94 reviews 94 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We went on this afternoon trip with low expectations because we had been on an incredible whale watching trip in Juneau. While not as spectacular, this was 2 1/2 hours of great mammal watching. Sea lions were all over the harbor and napping on the buoys, common dolphins played tag around and under the boat, and two gray whales stayed... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

With over forty years of world travel this is one of the best ever experiences. A 2.5 hours cruise off the coast of Santa Barbara to watch to watch the annual migration south of the California Grey Whale. The weather was perfect, the sea was calm and we saw 9 Grey and 2 Humpback whales which came within 25m of... More 

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Paso Robles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Condor Cruises (also known as "Condor Express" on line) gave me a great whale watching trip. Lots of sightings and incredible dolphins, streaking along, right under the bow. It was a good ship, fast and well captained. The person on the P.A. system was very informative and happily he did not feel that he needed to entertain us, nor did... More 

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
32 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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