Kayaking Basics & Wildlife Tour
The American RIVIERA
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
Our professional guides offer unparalleled experience paddling and as naturalists and facilitators they can create a unique space for your team to grow together.
Trips depart at 10am daily. If you have a group interested in a different start time, simply let us know.
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.