Kayaking

Santa Barbara’s many beaches, bays, and the beautiful Channel Islands National Park beckon you to explore them first-hand, in a sea kayak. When kayaking in Santa Barbara, you’ll often get quite a natural show that can include migrating gray and humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, starfish, and sea birds. Santa Barbara Harbor is always a fun choice for a quick ocean jaunt. Paddle the calm waters that surround Stearns Wharf and extend along Santa Barbara’s local beaches.

For the ultimate sea kayaking adventure, make sure to plan a trip to Channel Islands National Park, which possesses some of the best coastal kayaking in the world. Let your guide take you through the sea caves of Scorpion Bay, or gliding over the area’s famous kelp beds.

Skip the car ride and hop in a kayak for an exciting way to see Santa Barbara’s shores.

Featured Kayaking in Santa Barbara


Truth Aquatics, Inc.

SCUBA DIVING: From single day dives to multi-day expeditions, Truth Aquatics is the #1 provider of Channel Islands diving. The best liveaboard dive fleet on the west coast, Truth Aquatics leads dive excursions to the giant kelp forests and rocky…

Santa Barbara Harbor

With unbeatable views, delicious dining and dozens of exciting activities, the Santa Barbara Harbor is the perfect place to spend the day by—or, better yet, on—the water. Located along the bustling Santa Barbara Waterfront, this…

Stearns Wharf

Enjoy the seaside sights and sounds of Stearns Wharf, one of Santa Barbara’s most iconic landmarks. Named for builder John P. Stearns and located at the end of State Street, it is California’s oldest working wharf and the perfect spot…

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