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Paddle Sports Center

117 B Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
+1 805-617-3425
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don't hesitate, you won't regret this trip

Channel Island Outfitters guides are super friendly & knowledgeable. Our guide, Marina, made us... read more

Reviewed July 13, 2015
Los Angeles, California
Fabulous fun-filled day!

This was my first trip to the Islands and it couldn't have been better. All of the staff associated... read more

Reviewed July 13, 2015
Tampa, Florida
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Explore the Santa Barbara waterfront by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Paddle with dolphins, whales, sea lions, seals, and marine birds. We provide instruction and comfy/quality gear. Our rental rates are the best in town. After the first hour, pay only for the time you spend on the water! Find us next to Brophy's Restaurant and the fish market. Reserve online and SAVE UP TO 40%!
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
117 B Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
+1 805-617-3425

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Reviewed July 13, 2015

Channel Island Outfitters guides are super friendly & knowledgeable. Our guide, Marina, made us feel very comfortable and safe! CIO provides everything, all the needed equipment, and a very delicious lunch! Eat a good breakfast, bring water, snacks & water shoes, you'll be glad you...More

2  Thank Chyyyyyna
Reviewed July 13, 2015

This was my first trip to the Islands and it couldn't have been better. All of the staff associated with CIO were helpful, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. Our kayaking guide, JD, was all of that and more. I loved learning about the kelp forest and...More

2  Thank NanShivers
Reviewed July 12, 2015

Had a great time on the Channel Islands with the people at Channel Islands Outfitters. The boat ride out to the island was fun - saw some blue whales. The staff were patient, friendly and had a safety first mantra. They had extra sunscreen for...More

Thank Elliot4321
Reviewed July 10, 2015

This was fantastic, everyone should experience at least once. Our guide was really informative and helpful. We saw dolphins, whales, starfish, crabs, seals, and more!

Thank jackie426
Reviewed July 9, 2015

On our first walk in Santa Barbara we found the Channel Island Outfitters store and met some helpful employees, who booked my girlfriend and I on a ferry and a kayak tour. On the ferry we got to see sea lions and on the return...More

Thank Martin H
Reviewed July 7, 2015

We did the caves and coves experience with our 8 and 11 year old girls and had a terrific time. The guides were professional and informative and made sure we had a fantastic time. We were all novices but were given great instruction and never...More

1  Thank James T
Reviewed July 5, 2015

We did the "Caves and Coves Epic" tour and had a wonderful time. Matt at CIO was very accommodating when it came to making the arrangements for our trip, tailoring things to our needs and schedule and then helping us finalize the details. JD our...More

Thank Riverkat
Reviewed July 4, 2015

We took the early boat out to Santa Cruz Island and the late boat returning to Ventura for an awesome 1st time kayaking and visit to the Channel Islands National Park. The Channel Island Outfitters (CIO) staff provided a warm and helpful welcome in Ventura...More

Thank Jason F
Reviewed July 3, 2015

This tour is pricey, but well worth the money! We kayaked through the sea caves with Phil. He was awesome! He was very knowledgable and has a true love for the wildlife on the islands and in the surrounding ocean. The caves are beautiful and...More

1  Thank erd4fsu
Reviewed June 30, 2015

We rented kayaks on one day from the Harbor Way location which is great to kayak around the Santa Barbara harbor & Sterns Wharf area. The next trip we rented SUP and I had a great time through the harbor and out around the point....More

1  Thank DaveHutt
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We will be visiting the end of April, beginning of May. What is the average water temp and are the wet suits adequate to keep you warm if the water is cool. What is the average air temps that time of year? We are considering the kayak and snorkeling package; we have experience doing both. Both of us have snorkeled but in warm Caribbean waters, both of us have (tandem) kayaked in cool Maine ocean waters as well as the Westfield River (Race) in late winter. Looking forward to spending some time on Santa Cruz and experiencing what your guides have to share. Thanks, Jude McGowan Southampton, MA
January 15, 2017|
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Response from Fernando M | Reviewed this property |
As has been mentioned, the wetsuits don't have sleeves, So if that's of concern to you, being a rashguard. Otherwise, the wetsuit they provide you is fine.
What is the distance of the longest caves that you travel through? How many of them are there? How often do you need to cancel trips due to poor weather or choppy water?
November 19, 2016|
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Response from GarrettK941 | Property representative |
The deepest of the caves on the Eastern side of Santa Cruz is about 800 feet long. In total there are 120 sea caves on the island, but the areas of Scorpion and Coche Point hold roughly 25 sea caves that are explorable by... More
Jeanne F
Hi. I will be visiting the area in March with my 2 kids. Is it warm enough to be out on the water?
October 6, 2016|
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Response from Darlene N | Reviewed this property |
We were there in the beginning of June and the water was cold. We had wet suits to kayak and swim. Hiking was fine and it was warm.