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Channel Islands Outfitters

117 B Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
805-899-4925
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Ranked #4 of 111 activities in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Tours
Owner description: Channel Islands Outfitters is an employee owned and operated service company that is committed to sharing our passion for the ocean and the natural... more » Owner description: Channel Islands Outfitters is an employee owned and operated service company that is committed to sharing our passion for the ocean and the natural world with you! CIO has been guiding kayaking trips for over 20 years. Our guides have over 150 years of combined experience at the Channel Islands, putting you in capable and knowledgable hands for your paddling experience. We are a "Yes" company and are here to make your experience amazing! « less
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Jamestown, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This trip was the highlight of a recent trip to California to visit my kids. I had never heard of the Channel Islands but when one of my sons asked me about, we looked into kayak trips, and we knew we had to do it. When I contacted Channel Island outfitters, the guy that answered the phone was enthusiastic and... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My husband and I were very pleased with the the treatment from beginning to end with CIO. Garrett answered all our questions on the phone and helped us pick the right trip. JD, our guide on Santa Cruz island, made the day perfect. He explained the rules, helped us with our equipment and gave us a fabulous tour of the... More

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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Dave did a great job as our guide for me and my 2 kids. The cave kayaking was fun and he brought us to some cool snorkeling spots. The kids loved it and he also knew lots of interesting things about the islands and their history. Anyone visiting SB should make the trip out to the Channel Islands.

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Santa Barbara de Samana, Dominican Republic
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I am so impressed with the personnel that work here. They are professional, yet personable. They made sure I was aware of safety procedures, and what type and level of adventure I was looking for. I definitely recommend Channel Island Outfitters to my local and visiting family and friends.

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Anaheim Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

My family was vacationing in Santa Barbara for a week. We heard about kayak tours around the Channel Islands. We chose CIO based on Trip Advisor. We called and were assisted by Clay. He was friendly, informative and worked hard to arrange everything that my family of 6 needed. He gave us a group discount and helped prepare us for... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

From start to finish the good folks at Channel Islands Outfitters CIO provided an exciting, wonderful and challenging Santa Cruz Island experience. Bjorn, our guide was the utmost professional as well as fun guy to share a day with out our water craft. I highly recommend adventuring with this thoughtful young man whom is wise beyond his years and highly... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great organization in SB for rentals of SUP, kayaks, and surfboards. They have spots in the harbor, Ledbetter and Goleta beach. I go quite often and the equipment is always perfect and the staff is always warm, cheerful, friendly and helpful. Recently participated in a "down winder" adventure where they drop you and your equipment off at Hendry's Beach and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I went on the caves and coves your yesterday, and we had an amazing experience we will for sure be talking about years from now!! We were a bit skeptical about the price of the your, plus paying for the ferry, but you do get what you pay for. Every staff member we came in contact with... More

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Hemet, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

When you take a trip to the Channel Islands, with Island Outfitters, I hope you get our guide Christina. I never thought my Husband and I would be able to navigate in and out of the caves. I had full trust in her instruction and was able to experience every cave. We then hiked to a point above the bay... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Channel Island Outfitters are well staffed and provide excellent equipment. The kayak tour guides are top notch - very experienced and intuitive to the needs and skill levels of their group. We had a very memorable guided tour of sea caves on Santa Cruz, and our guide was also quite knowledgeable of the flora and fauna, the geology, and the... More

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