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Santa Barbara Harbor Kayaking Adventure

This wildlife & history tour is a great introduction to Santa Barbara

Price

$75
Adventure Co-Op Members Price: $67.50/ea
Discounts Available for Groups & NonProfits

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  • Itinerary
  • About Area
  • Before You Go
  • Catering
Location:Santa Barbara California
Main Activity:Kayaking
Duration:2 hrs
Other Activities:Dining, Sun Bathing, Shopping
Skill Level:No Experience Necessary
Included:Kayak, seat, paddle, pfd, & guide
Price:$75
Discounts Available for Groups & NonProfits
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The American Riveria

Santa Barbara is often called the American Riviera, and the best way to see it is from the sea by kayak! Our guided kayak tour of the Santa Barbara Harbor and waterfront area is a wonderful experience for the whole family. If you are visiting the Santa Barbara area and are looking for things to do, put this trip get on that list! Traveling by kayak is a wonderful way to view wildlife without disturbing them. Visit the Sea Lions on the navigation buoys and the Sea Stars under the wharf. If you do a special dance right before your tour, there is a good chance you’ll see dolphins as well, and seeing dolphins in the wild beats any Sea World experience! Trips depart daily

History of Santa Barbara Waterfront

Santa Cruz Island, the largest and most diverse of the eight Channel Islands, has a long and varied history that is tied closely to its physical attributes. Its vast grasslands, coastal scrub vegetation, oak woodlands, and rich coastline sustained the Chumash for millennia and they maintained a number of villages and seasonal settlements on the island. For most of the nineteenth century, mariners found shelter in its coves and hunters and fishermen exploited the marine life. Immigrant ranchers grazed livestock, and the military took advantage of the island’s strategic location.

Chumash Civilization and European Contact Archeological investigations indicate that Santa Cruz Island has been occupied for at least 9,000 years. The island was home to the largest population of island Chumash and developed a highly complex society dependent on marine harvest, craft specialization and trade with mainland groups. The Santa Cruz Island Chumash produced shell beads that they used for currency, which formed an important part of the overall Chumash economy. Those living on the east end of the island mined chert from the numerous island outcroppings to make tiny blades for drilling holes to make the shell disc beads. Native villagers had no known contact with outsiders until the 16th and early 17th centuries. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, who is credited with the first European exploration of the California coast, observed at least six villages, though he and his crew never stopped at the island. The villages were called Niquipos, Mazul, Xuga, Nitel, Macamo, and Nimitapal. Cabrillo named the island San Lucas, although the Chumash called it Limuw. READ MORE FROM NPS

What to bring on your adventure

  • Water (reusable water bottles preferred)
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Warm clothing (to change into, bottums can get wet!)
  • Hat or Visor
  • Sunscreen/Lip Balm
  • Sunglasses w/ safety strap (example: Chums or Croakies)
  • Waterproof camera or dry case for camera
  • Personal medication

Organic Food Catering

We have partnered with Channel Islands Provisions to provide organic, local, yummy food for your trip. Food is delivered dockside in health department approved, temperature-controlled containers with a reusable water bottle. Our day trip package include breakfast, lunch, & a snack for everything your need to fill you hungry belly on a island. You will choose your meal choices upon check-out.

Our Commitment to YOU!

We LOVE what we do! It is our mission to save the oceans and natural places by fostering an understanding of them through education, adventures, and outdoor experiences.

Would you trust a skinny chef? Channel Islands Outfitters is a guide owned and operated company. We have one of the MOST comprehensive training programs in the world for Sit-On-Top kayak guiding into sea caves. CIO guides have over 150 years of combined experiences at the Channel Islands.

Neon was fancy like 30 years ago! Our gear is NEW, comfy, and specific to kayaking. We use NRS and Kokatat gear and our wetsuits are cleaned after every use. Want others to send a “shoulda gone with them glance” your way… join a World-Class CIO Adventure.

Smallest Group Sizes and Choices The islands are not an amusement park attraction, they are a unique and fragile wilderness environment. In consideration of our precious resources and your enjoyment, we keep our group sizes small so that we can minimize our impact and accommodate EVERYONE’s expectation level. We also believe that the type of kayak you choose is a risk management decision, not a financial decision. Our guides will advise you on current conditions when you arrive at the island, and then you can decide whether you want a single or double kayak.

We Have Your Back! Easy to understand cancellation policies, travel insurance, and friendly staff… CIO is a “Yes” company. Find out for yourself!

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It is our mission to save the oceans and natural places by fostering an understanding of them through education, adventures and outdoor experiences.