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Visiting Whale watching tours Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara is a beautiful city on the south-facing section of the West Coast of the United States. Pleasant weather, artistic buildings, lavish bars, and exquisite restaurants, and recreational activities for people of all ages and that too in a budget-friendly manner make Santa Barbara an excellent place to live (from a locals' point of view) along with a must-go-for place for travelers. Santa Barbara zoo, county courthouse, MOXI, and botanic garden of Santa Barbara are some of the prominent places to visit. The city of Santa Barbara is also famous for its whale watching tours which will give you an experience of a lifetime.

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In The Depths of Santa Barbara

In The Depths of Santa Barbara

The Condor Express Tour

The Condor Express Tour

The condor express is a great way to give a kick-start to your whale watching journey. With a maximum capacity of 120 passengers, this boat is 75 feet long and is beautifully decorated. The condor express is very well-equipped with an in-cabin and an upper-deck seating arrangement where you can sit and relax while watching the giant creatures alongside. The boat also offers a sumptuous dinner which includes fresh and exotic seafood.

The Sunset Kidd

The Sunset Kidd

If you want to enjoy a more serene and calmer whale watching experience then Sunset Kidd is certainly the best option for you. It is a 41 feet long yacht which gives an opportunity to its travelers to sail alongside the California Gray Whales and also provide you with a privilege to hear the creatures breathe. If you enjoy sailing, then you can help sail the magnificent yacht but on the contrary if want to just sit and relax then you can even do that for sure.

Captain Jack

Captain Jack

If you are a water-lover and want to enjoy a closer look at the Channel, then Captain Jack is perfect for you. It is a four-and-a-half hour trip off the coast which offers a spectacular view of the blue whale, the humpback whale, and also the killer whales. The 75 feet long catamaran will give you a journey to cherish with comfort not less than a luxurious cruise. You can enjoy a sip of your favorite beer, or wine and enjoy the delicious snacks along with the spectacular view of the water and its predators. It helps you catch a glimpse of the magnificence of the Pacific water's most alluring creatures, the Whale.

The Double Dolphin

The Double Dolphin

The Double Dolphin is a 50 feet long beautiful and fast-moving catamaran which will give you an opportunity to get quite close to the whales, dolphins, and other aquatic animals without creating any disturbance for them. The catamaran silently slips through the waves to let you explore the waters. You need prior reservations to enjoy a ride of Double Dolphin.

The Celebration Cruise

The Celebration Cruise

This 46 passenger capacity yacht journey, is a ride to cherish for a lifetime. It helps you get a close look of the grandeur of the most mystifying creatures of the Pacific water. You can see whales, dolphins along with sea lions in your expedition through the Santa Barbara Channel.

Whale watching tours Santa Barbara Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

You can book the tickets for the various cruise rides through this informative website.

How To Get Around?

You can opt for any of the catamaran or boat whale-watching cruises.

What Should I Wear?

Wear warm clothes especially during winters when the air chills will shake your nerves. The layering of clothes is very necessary as it would help you to keep warm. Wear a top inside, and then you can add a thin sweater and above it a jacket or an overcoat. Winter caps and woolen scarfs are a must. For footwear opt for boots or shoes and woolen socks. Men should also wear jeans or trousers with a layer of sweaters and coat.

Whale watching tours Santa Barbara Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best time for whale watching is during February, March, and early April. If you want to see the rare whale species, then travel from May to September.


The currency is U.S Dollars.

Will I Need a Guide?

No, you will not require a guide. All thanks to this amazing website which gives all the necessary facts and figures about the attraction and its city.

How To Get There?

Train, plane, or bus can be easily accessed for getting to the city. The Santa Barbara Airport connects the city to all the major countries of the world with its long-distance connecting flights.

Additional Info

Carry a plastic bag for your camera. If kids are accompanying you then carry a few portable games for them, in case they get bored.

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