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“Whales, kayaks, caves and birds.”

Paddle Sports Center
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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%!
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Reviewed February 9, 2014

Wonderfull day trip to Santa Cruz.
Hour long boat ride to the island is on a large comfortable boat which went out its way to show us whales and dolphins while getting to he island. The kayaking was amazing, exploring caves, seeing seals and sea lions just feet from your kayak, perigrne falcons up close, birds everywhere, crystal clear water allowing you to look at the underwater world from the kayak.
This trip was the highlight of our California vacation.

Thank jolderco
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

My wife and I went on the full day sea caves and kayaks tour and had a great time. Our guide Chuck was awesome and was very knowledgeable about the caves and islands. Would definitely recommend and can't wait to go sea cave kayaking again. What a great experience. Thanks for helping make our anniversary weekend something we will always remember.

2  Thank bhjibben
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Start to finish, class organization, bucket list trip, seriously. Chuck and Mike were THE most knowledgable guides; kayaking, first aid, the island, all things of the natural world. Channel Island had all the needed gear including items you may have forgotten, like bungles for your eye glasses! Amazing adventure, truly.

1  Thank O4Q2
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

My husband and I signed up for the long kayaking tour on a drop-in basis just after we got our tickets on the Island Packers ferry to Santa Cruz Island (Scorpion Cove). Since Dave could accommodate us, we signed up. We were part of a group of 6 led by Dave. After going over the basics and making sure everybody was comfortably and safely dressed (wetsuit, windbreaker, PFD, helmet), we set off. Dave was a fantastic guide -- he had some great pointers on how to improve kayaking; gave everybody tips on what they had to do to make it through the caves; and added some interesting nuggets on local ecology. We had such a wonderful time that we signed up our kids and my sister for the next day's "half-day" tour. My sister, who had never donned a wetsuit, and never kayaked, had the time of her life. Since the four of them were in one group with Dave, they got a custom tour -- complete with two daredevils capsizing and righting their boats. I would definitely recommend Channel Island Outfitters and would use them again.

Food can be purchased on the Island Packers ferry; restrooms on the island; storage of valuables and clothes in Channel Island Outfitters locked boxes on island.

1  Thank Jaya_h_c
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

We had a wonderful time kayaking on Santa Cruz today. We took the scorpion tour. Our guides, Mike and Chuck, were wonderful. I felt that we were in good hands for the entire day trip. I am looking forward to kayaking the famous Painted Cave with them next year.

We found a link on their website to order prepared lunches from Channel Island Provisioners.

We ordered three lunches to take with us on a day trip to Santa Cruz Island on 12/28/13. Our lunches were delivered to us as promised at our departure site. We were delighted that a breakfast of fruits, nuts, and yogurt was included which became our breakfast during the boat ride to the island. We ordered the gourmet turkey sandwiches and they were delicious. We had plenty of food to share with our kayak guide.

They were very thoughtful and accommodating when we made last minute requests.

Our lunches were packaged for easy transport. We were pleasantly surprised to find cloth napkins and metal flatware.

I would highly recommend Channel Island Outfitters and be sure to order your lunch from Channel Island Provisioners.

3  Thank scbythesea
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