We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2316
Phone Number: +1 805-884-9283
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Santa Barbara Adventure Company is the premier adventure travel...

The Santa Barbara Adventure Company is the premier adventure travel outfitter on the central coast. We offer Santa Barbara kayaking & Channel Islands kayaking, surf lessons, wine country tours by van or bike, mountain biking, rock climbing and team building programs. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides offer exceptional service and share with you a side of the Santa Barbara area few visitors ever get to experience.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
2 Hour Santa Barbara Fun Paddle
More Info
and up
Santa Barbara Cupcake and Wine Tour
More Info
and up
Santa Ynez Wine Country Tour from Santa Barbara

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,071 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1002
  • 52
    Very good
  • 7
  • 4
  • 0
Sea Cave Kayaking on Santa Cruz Island

My girlfriend and I went on a cave kayaking day trip to the Channel Islands with Santa Barbara Adventure Co. It was a last-minute booking but they checked that they could get an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Adrien F
Add Photo Write a Review

1,071 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 1,065: English reviews
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My girlfriend and I went on a cave kayaking day trip to the Channel Islands with Santa Barbara Adventure Co. It was a last-minute booking but they checked that they could get an extra guide and fit us in. Overall the whole staff was very professional and efficient throughout the day (at the morning check-in, setting us up with gear... More 

Thank Adrien F
Hood River
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful family trip. My family of 5 (kids age 6,9,10) had a great time. Kayak guides Hector and Rai well prepared and very knowledgeable. Excellent equipment. We paddled several hours on successive days and in both good and bad weather. Guides made us feel safe and the adventure of paddling through sea caves with surging surf, out to Potato bay,... More 

Thank Hasmonean
Santa Barbara, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Santa Barbara adventure company did an amazing job showing my group (17 of us total) around Santa Ynez to all the most amazing wineries. The wineries we visited were outstanding and the guides were so knowledgeable and easy to talk to. They allow plenty of time at each winery so you really get a chance to just relax and try... More 

Thank tausgaard
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was such an epic trip that I'll most likely end up talking about this adventure to my grandkids someday. I'm 24. In all seriousness, this day trip was very well-organized by SB Adventure Co. Both Caco and Ry were awesome guides - Ry led our group and he did an exceptionable job teaching us how to Kayak through the... More 

Thank Seikichi K
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently, I took my class of fourth grade students on a camping and kayaking trip to Santa Cruz Island. The kayaking trip was the highlight. I have been a wilderness guide and classroom teacher for over 25 years, and I can honestly say that the guides at Santa Barbara Adventure Company are the best of the best. They provided a... More 

Thank Heather N
Arroyo Grande, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

From start to finish Marc made this kayaking adventure one that I will never forget. He began tour by teaching us different kayaking maneuvers to keep us safe as we went through caves that did indeed keep us all afloat with no one tipping. We all felt safe and in very experienced hands with Marc. Not only did he teach... More 

Thank Maria H
Level Contributor
80 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Went with a group from a meeting that I was attending. Besides providing a designated driver, the tour is not worthwhile. Not much info is added by the drivers. Van is loud and noisy. Lunch was pitiful. Very cheap quality and no drinks! better off to get an Uber for 4 and use the money saved towards a nice dinner... More 

Thank MSYMd
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

The kayak tour was great! Rye was our guide and he customized our trip to our ability level. He also knew a ton of history and information about the area. Beautiful tour!

Thank Heidi G
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

I spent the day kayaking through caves and open waters around Santa Cruz island with a group of about 8, led by Billy. He was super knowledgeable and fun.The ride to and from the island on the ferry was pleasant as well. Though you never know what the weather will bring, on a nice day I can't think of better... More 

Thank Romnus
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Santa Cruz is so close to the mainland, and getting away from the slither California coast will shock you with biodiversity, the sheer power of the sea, and beauty. The crew of the boat to and from the island are lovely and really enjoy their jobs. This is wonderful to see. The island crew is expert and humorous. We explored... More 

Thank adamliebi

Travelers who viewed Santa Barbara Adventure Company also viewed


Been to Santa Barbara Adventure Company? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Santa Barbara Adventure Company and other visitors
7 questions
Ask a question
Glendora, California
over a year ago
over a year ago
Simi Valley, California

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Santa Barbara Adventure Company staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?