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“Only a bit of time on the water but still a nice tour”

Santa Barbara Land Shark
Ranked #33 of 84 Tours in Santa Barbara
Type: Bus Tours, Tours
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Ottawa, Canada
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167 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Only a bit of time on the water but still a nice tour”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

We went on the Land Shark tour mid-week, so it wasn't crowded at all. The water part of the tour wasn't overly-exciting; it involved heading out on the habor, around a buoy with sea lions on it, then back through the marina (i.e. it didn't match the description on the tour website that says "cruise the magnificent Santa Barbara coastline"). That being said, the city part of the tour was great - we saw the many historical buildings, the downtown hotspots, and beautiful views.

Our tour guide (Maddy) was excellent, providing information on local history, people, geography, and so on. She's an excellent speaker, also being a trivia host at the Brewhouse and the announcement voice at the SB Airport!

We'd recommend this tour if you need 90 minutes to relax while learning about the city, and especially if there isn't much a line to get on.

Visited September 2013
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English first
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39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great Tour”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

We took this tour with our 2 kids, aged 10 and 8, and had a fantastic 90 minutes. The tour guide, Maddy, was brilliant, providing excellent information about both Santa Barbara history and the many local restaurants. The trip out into the bay took in some seals sitting on one of the buoys. We would recommend this tour. I would advise turning up 30 minutes before the tour start time to guarantee a space. 10 minutes later the queue exceeded the number of spaces, but this was a Saturday in summer.

Visited August 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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176 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Good value, good tour, fun guide. Land and sea”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

We should have done this day one. It covered both the land sites (heaps) and the sea sights, the seals where great sleeping on the bouyes, eveyone was enjoying the seals antics, so the driver stayed a while. We had a great time, and it was really good value.

Visited May 2013
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Watford, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Milo makes the tour fun”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

This is a 90 minute tour that takes you around Santa Barbara town with a commentary and then enters the water for a trip around the harbour. It was made all the better thanks to the tour guide Milo ! He was very funny and informative . Well done Milo!

Visited June 2013
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Bakersfield
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Drove over an hr for this and it didn't run. :(”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

My review is based on the fact that the land shark did not run as scheduled. My grandson and I took a mini vacation to the coast and this was on his wish list. We drove out of the way over an hr to include this and after waiting for close to an hr (we showed up early so to be sure we got on) we were told the bus would not be running that tour. He was very disappointed and it ended our mini vacation on a negative note.

Visited June 2013
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