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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 101 activities in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Orcutt, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

My husband had wanted to check out the Channel Islands and was interested in camping. When searching for information online, I came across Channel Island Outfitters and saw they had many options and activities available. I called them up and spoke with someone who helped me book a perfect overnight getaway. They took care of booking the ferry to the... More

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Loup City, Nebraska
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We had a couple extra days to spend in California after a business trip, so we looked for things to do in the Santa Barbara area and found CIO, and we are extremely happy we did. Our guide, Matt was great. He was very thorough in getting us trained and explaining what we could expect for our experience. I really... More

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Santa Barbara, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

JD was an exceptional guide. He was knowledgeable, patient, encouraging and genuinely wanted us to learn and enjoy our adventure. Looking forward to seeing the pictures from smugmug!

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Ventura, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I signed up for the "Caves and Coves" kayaking tour at Santa Cruz Island. Such a Wonderful day. The boat ride to Santa Cruz Island (from Ventura, with Island Packers) was comfortable and fast. When we arrived at the island, the CIO guide, David G., was very good at explaining what I needed to do to get ready for our... More

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Ventura, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We had a GREAT experience with CIO. Personally, I've been out with a lot of outfitters and CIO was super, meeting or exceeding all expectations. We had a large group of 17 Boy Scouts and adults ranging in age from 8 to 50. First, the reservation process was easy and CIO worked with us despite some unfortunate logistic issues for... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I don't know why there are so many five-star reviews, maybe the people who are reviewing had nothing better to do in Southern California and lots of cash to blow. I went on the Caves & Coves tour with Channel Islands Outfitters last week with my fiance while on vacation in SoCal. I had never done sea kayaking before and... More

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GarrettK941, Owner at Channel Islands Outfitters, responded to this review

This is a tough review to read as a service provider/business owner. We have done so much to create value in our experiences, it is disappointing to hear that the experience Emily had didn’t meet her expectations. I am a 33 year old guide/business owner. I have a degree in Recreation Management from the University of New Hampshire. My parents... More

Los Angeles, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

It was our first time EVER kayaking!Our guide taught us how to kayak and gave us safety rules. We were all given had safety helmets and wet suits. It was an incredible experience!!!!! A trip of a lifetime! Channel Islands Outfitters was well organized, their guides were well trained and very will informed about the ocean, sealife, and gave us... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This place is awesome. Rent a kayak, stand up paddle board and go on an adventure. They are well stocked and the staff are friendly. The boats are right on the dock. Super easy and convenient. They have thought of everything!

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Austin, Texas
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful scenery. Unspoiled land! Kayaking was great fun and guides were terrific! Bring a picnic lunch!

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Ponchatoula, Louisiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We took a 7 day trip down the coast of California and this was, by far, the highlight of our trip. Our guide was Chuck and he was knowledgeable and fun! Not only were we able to tour many sea caves and kayak around a magnificent island, but we were also given information on the islands history and on various... More

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