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This private Santa Barbara kayaking tour lets you explore the marine life and landmarks of Santa Barbara Harbor and the spectacular coastline on the ‘American Riviera’ along one of four different routes. Take in views of rugged shoreline cliffs and the Santa Ynez Mountains, and be on the lookout for dolphins and seals. This 1.5- to 2.5-hour tour is led by an experienced kayak guide who points out natural features and customizes the speed of the ride according to your skill level.


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Private Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara

Kayak Tour from Santa Barbara

Go kayaking in Santa Barbara, beginning your kayak tour at Santa Barbara Harbor or Leadbetter Beach, depending on your selection at booking. Meet your private instructor for a safety briefing and receive kayaking instruction according to your skill level. 

Slip on the provided life jacket (and wetsuit if it’s chilly), then climb into your stable, top-of-the-line vessel and set off on your 1.5- to 2.5-hour private kayak tour of the Santa Barbara coastline. Choose from four different routes of varying duration and difficulty (see options in Itinerary below); your very own guide will tailor the speed of paddling to your preferences and customize commentary according to your interests.

You’ll appreciate the natural beauty of Santa Barbara from the water, including cliffside vistas and views of the Santa Ynez Mountains as your informative guide details Santa Barbara's history and attractions.

When your kayak tour is complete, each route loops back to its 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.

Customer Reviews

Mark L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was a great tour. The guides went above and beyond to make it special for me even though I ended up being the only one on the tour. Jack was a great guide and matched the complexity of the tour to my skill level. It was great and just challenging enough to make it very interesting and worthwhile.

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