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  • Location:Santa Barbara, California
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Private Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara

Set out from Santa Barbara Harbor on a private kayak tour of the stunning Santa Barbara coastline. Take in views of Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Mountains, and keep your eyes peeled for seals and dolphins. Your expert guide will share information about Santa Barbara's top attractions and customize the speed of the ride to suit your needs. Choose between three different tours of varying duration and difficulty.


  • Private tour of the Santa Barbara coastline by kayak
  • Choose from three different kayak rides with vistas of Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Mountains
  • Spot seals and dolphins in the sapphire-blue waters
  • Suitable for beginners as well as more advanced kayakers
  • Private tour provides an intimate, more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Private Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara

Kayak Tour from Santa Barbara

Start your kayak tour at Santa Barbara Harbor or Leadbetter Beach, where you’ll be given a safety briefing and kayaking instruction if needed. Sunny days are the norm in this beautiful coastal city, but you’ll be provided with a wetsuit if it’s chilly. Then, climb into your stable, top-of-the-line kayak and set off on your journey along the lovely Santa Barbara coastline.

Seeing this picturesque area from the water is the perfect way to appreciate its natural beauty. Take in amazing views of Santa Barbara -- nicknamed the ‘American Riviera’ -- and the rugged Santa Ynez Mountains as your informative guide shares facts about Santa Barbara's history and top sights. Ask all the questions you want on your private tour.

Choose a morning departure if you'd like calmer waters; afternoon breezes require more rigorous paddling. Your guide will tailor the speed of your kayak trip to your preferences. Take your pick from three different routes of varying duration and difficulty -- all tours loop back to their departure point.


Butterfly Beach Tour
This 1.5-hour tour bridges Santa Barbara and Montecito. After you paddle out you’ll have views of the Santa Barbara Pier, American Riviera and some amazing Montecito homes. On clear days the Channel Islands will be in view and you're likely to see seals as well as the occasional dolphin. 

Harbor Tour

Depart from the harbor for this easy 1.5-hour ride out to a buoy where local seals congregate. Enjoy wonderful views of Santa Barbara, ritzy Montecito and the surrounding mountains. This 2-mile (3.2-km) tour is a leisurely paddle suitable for all levels. 

Santa Barbara Tour
Start this 2-hour tour from Leadbetter Beach and head north up the Santa Barbara coast. Glide over kelp forests and along the cliffs below Shoreline Park. Take in idyllic views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Channel Islands as you paddle up to 3 miles (4.8 km) on this easy to moderately difficult tour. Seals and dolphins are common along this route, so have your camera ready! 

American Riviera Tour
Begin this moderately difficult, 2.5-hour tour from the harbor, covering some of the lovely Harbor Tour route. Then continue down the coast for an exceptional panorama of Santa Barbara and its neighboring cities. You will travel up to 4 miles (6.4 km) on this tour; on the way back, there may even be little waves breaking into the harbor that you can try to ride.
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