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Channel Islands Outfitters

117 B Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
805-899-4925
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Ranked #3 of 113 Activities in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Look no further! There may be other options for kayaking tours, but don't bother. Channel Island Outfitters had everything covered. When we first called to inquire about the trip, we talked to Matt and he was very helpful, answering all of our questions. We booked the trip and our ferry tickets together and it was very convenient. I'm not sure... More

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Sausalito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We (two adults, two teens) really enjoyed the Channel Islands Outfitters SUP beginner course in Santa Barbara harbor. Learned great techniques from Fraser and improved skills considerably. This was my second trip with CIO (first was kayak trip to Santa Cruz Island) and as expected, the CIO team was super friendly, organized and fun. Highly recommend booking with CIO for... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We had such a good time. The caves are so neat and we even saw seals in them! Dave was our guide and he was very helpful and responsible, if there were caves that he didn't think we safe to go in because of currents our water levels, he took us elsewhere. My husband and I each had our own... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I had no idea where to start when booking a weekend trip to Santa Cruz island. I googled "Channel Islands camping" and came across Channel Islands Outfitters. This company is literally a one stop shop. Instead of booking ferry to the island, a campsite and kayak tour at three different locations, Courtney from Channel Island Outfitters was able to book... More

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Thanks Dave and Matt, great guides and instructors. We had a fabulous day and learnt a lot about the islands and local wildlife and of course did a lot of kayaking, exploring caves and trying to surf the waves. I am totally hooked on the sport and can't wait to come back to California for another trip to the Islands.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Had a wonderful kayak experience with Channel Island Outfitters and would definitely recommend. Our guide Mike was very helpful at sharing information about the island and encouraging everyone to have the best experience possible. We went through several caves, and even ventured out into some impressive waves. It was an experience I will never forget!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A friend and I went on a kayaking tour of the Santa Cruz Island. The guide we had was extremely knowledgeable about the local marine life, the ocean and the Island itself and very helpful in helping inexperienced kayakers through coves and caves all while sharing tons of incredible facts. We would definitely recommend anyone in the area of exploring... More

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

JD and everyone else we encountered on our trip was an invaluable source of information and made the entire experience worthwhile and engaging. We arrived early and boarded the ferry which took about an hour to take us to the island, on the way we stopped to see some seals playing in the ocean and a second time, to witness... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We had a fantastic kayak tour of the Santa Cruz island sea caves with Channel Island Outfitters. Our guide, Brad, has been leading kayak tours on the island for over 11 years and was full of interesting information. We had a double kayak and there were a total 8 guests in our group. I noticed that some of the other... More

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Just came back from a trip with two friends and couldn't be more thrilled! The tour was well-organized, hassle free and the folks at CIO and Island Packers were very accommodating when our schedules didn't exactly work at the last minute. This made for a stress-free trip so we could enjoy every minute. We drove in from an hour away... More

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