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Address: 301 West Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone Number: +1 805-882-0088

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Best in Southern California, worth the drive from Laguna Beach

First, the Condor is perfect for whale watching as a platform, as a relaxing ride on the ocean and safe to wildlife-as it has no propellars. Second, the area of interest is rich... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Scott M
Laguna Beach, California

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

First, the Condor is perfect for whale watching as a platform, as a relaxing ride on the ocean and safe to wildlife-as it has no propellars. Second, the area of interest is rich with dolphins and whales. A huge variety of sea birds can also usually be seen as well. Third, the crew of the Condor is top notch in... More 

Thank Scott M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my first time on the Condor Express, and I'm going back. The boat was in good condition, very nice galley too. The boat wasn't over filled with people either. It was a gray day, but we started off with 4 feeding humpbacks, then a feeding frenzy with humpbacks, 1,000s of dolphins, sea lions, and birds surrounding the boat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whale watching tour lasts about 4 1/2 hours. They leave and return on time. The boat is comfortable enough and the waters not too choppy. There's food for sale at a counter on the lower level - nothing out of the world, but good for the occasion. While they can't promise sightings every day, we were treated to 3 magnificent... More 

Thank Ivan B
Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The boat is quite big and comfortable. It is clean and spacious. We could see a lot of dolphins in our ride and only two shy whales. Although we had our coats, it was summer and the sun was shining, it was unexpectedely cold and we could not fully enjoy our ride.

Thank MarcelloNitz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We've just had a couple of days in Santa Barbara and whilst there took a trip with the Condor Express team out into the channel. And WOW, what an amazing trip. We'd previously been visiting Monterey and so had experienced the rough sea there outside of the bay on one of their whale watching trips, albeit spending a lot of... More 

Thank Yoyo237
Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took the Condor Express whale watching trip with the family. The crew was very nice and courtesy. Saw blue whales, fin whales, humpback and a lot of dolphins. Highly recommend.

Thank summerfield4
Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not your average California whale watching trip. The staff are first-rate and friendly and the on-board wildlife experts answering every question we had. The excursion was a mixture of marine biology, maritime protocol and wildlife entertainment suitable for most ages. What we encountered was nothing short of inspirational - sea lions, whales, sharks, dolphins and the ever elusive... More 

Thank JL3AZ
Celbridge, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Truly had an amazing time on July 2nd. Saw sealions, common dolphins, loads of humpback whales, about 8 blue whales and a fin whale. Lots of people feeling queasy but it's still so worth it. Bring seasick tablets and layers. It was cool starting off but once the clouds disappeared it was quite warm. Great team onboard. Can't recommend highly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

We booked this online before we left the uk as it was the only wildlife boat trip that included a guarantee. We needn't have worried. The boat was a good size and has a double hull so was very stable despite a bit of a swell on the way out. It was very clean with great facilities and a cafe/bar.... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We had an absolutely wonderful trip. We saw common dolphins, humpback whales, blue whales, and even had a close encounter with a Mako shark. The crew were friendly and knowledgable and the boat was clean and comfortable.

Thank holleyfine

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