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Address: 117 Harbor Way Ste B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2356
Phone Number: +1 805-899-4925
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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Our "World Famous Caves and Coves" sea cave kayak adventures at Santa Cruz Island have been called a "Bucket List" experience for over 20 years. All of our adventures come with a lunch and snack and our guides have more experience than any other company at the Channel Islands National Park. Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime Southern California Island Adventure!

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Family Kakyaking Trip

15 members of our family kayaked together yesterday in Santa Barbara. The staff at the Paddle Sports center were so helpful and courteous. Ages ranged from 4 years old to 75 and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Janine R
Santa Barbara, California, United States
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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

15 members of our family kayaked together yesterday in Santa Barbara. The staff at the Paddle Sports center were so helpful and courteous. Ages ranged from 4 years old to 75 and the staff took time to make all of us feel very comfortable. We loved our special time together and all of us want to come back and do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Kayaking and Snorkeling off Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park guided by Channel Island Outfitters on their "Epic Adventure" package--This custom package guided adventure was PERFECT for our family group of age 7-70! Our guide was competent, warm, friendly, GREAT with the kids, made everyone feel safe & included. He encouraged each person to challenge themselves while still... More 

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Westlake Village, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went Kayaking and snorkeling in August. The guide David was thorough, experienced, knowledgable, and personable. We had a great time! Lunch was awesome! This outfitter really knows what they are doing! Highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

CIO offers several types of trips. We splurged and took the EPIC Caves and Coves private tour, a privately guided day of kayaking and snorkeling at Santa Cruz Island. It was fantastic! Our day started with a wonderful breakfast. Ben was our guide, and he did a great job of getting us to some really cool locations. We’ve kayaked and... More 

Thank MBTraveler47
Ascot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We prepared for this adventure by taking a refresher kayaking course the week before. I recommend this if you want to be able to focus on the thrill of kayaking at sea. Our guide Dan was fantastic. He took care to encourage bravery without pushing us beyond our capabilities. We felt totally confident with our guide, and he did his... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The four of us did the EPIC tour with Ben, a fantastic guide who not only is an expert kayaker and extremely knowledgeable about the islands' and ocean's fauna and flora, history and evolution, but also was able to serve us up some freshly caught uni! The weather was perfect, the seas exceptionally calm, and the caves amazing. We had... More 

Thank Pj C
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic adventure!!!! Saw large pod of dolphins and sea liond on the boat over. Spent 3 hours kayaking through the sea caves..some very technical . Guides were very informed friendly and felt 100% safe. Cove is protected with beautiful turquoise water. Hard to believe this gem is so close to LA

Thank phneil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I booked combo kayak and snorkel trip last Friday. Our tour guide was amazing, and the view was nice. The caves for snorkel was pretty (cant wait to see our photos), and the water for snorkel was warm.

Thank Trang P
Setauket, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Action Packed adventure! Friendly, efficient Matt set us up w/ferries, lunch, camp rentals & site & kayak & snorkel gear! He made it so easy!. JD helped us w/camp gear & Marina was superb, guiding us by kayak through fascinating sea caves & then snorkeling through kelp & caves. She brought up & explained many amazing critters & her background... More 

Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great people, great equipment, great "frequent user" programs keep costs down. Kayak in the harbor, around the jetty, take a look at the seals and view Santa Barbara "backward" from the water...NICE !!!

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