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.

Kayaking in Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara Adventure Company

See a part of Santa Barbara few visitors ever get to experience with the best outfitter in town. Our guides create thousands of unforgettable travel adventures each year – come join us! Channel Islands National Park - Sea Cave…


Cal Coast Adventures

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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…


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…


Captain Jack’s Tours & Events

Captain Jack's began in 2005 after the founders spent a week in Hawaii engaging in fun-filled adventure tours. They knew that similar tours should be provided in Santa Barbara County. Owned by two Santa Barbara natives, Captain Jack's offers wine…



Paddle Sports Center

The Paddle Sports Center is Santa Barbara's premier Kayak | SUP | Surf rental, membership, instruction center.  we have been around since 1993 offering the highest quality experience, gear and instruction.  We are conveniently located in…


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