Sandwiched between rugged coastal mountains and south-facing beaches, Santa Barbara is often called the American Riviera. The dramatic geography and warm Mediterranean climate are best appreciated on the ocean, by kayak. This guided kayak tour…
PADDLE THE WILD GAVIOTA COAST
The Gaviota coast is home to the largest coastal Mediterranean ecosystem anywhere in North America and happens to be the last undeveloped stretch of coastline left in Southern California. Experience the magic of Gaviota’s remote beaches, mountain and island views, rural landscapes, and abundant marine life by kayak.
For this expedition, we will launch at Gaviota and paddle downwind to Refugio where we’ll camp for the night. On day two, we continue south from Refugio with a memorable stop for lunch at Naples (the Crown jewel of the Gaviota Coast.) The last stretch will take us around Sands, Campus Point Marine Reserve and finally we end our journey at Goleta Beach.
This excursion is not for first-timers, and previous long-distance paddling experience is a must. All paddling gear is included, with the option to include meals and snacks. Typically we paddle in Ocean Kayak Scupper Pros or RTM Tempos, both of which hold plenty of space for food, water, and gear.
If desired, you can paddle tandem with your mate. If you’re looking for an unforgettable way to experience the last frontier of California’s untouched beauty, this is the trip for you!
What to Bring
- Reusable water bottle (1 gal per day)
- Sunscreen, sun protection (hat, UV shirt), sunglasses (available at the shop)
- Personal medication
- Warm set of clothing for nighttime
- Waterproof case (available at the shop) or waterproof camera
- Camping equipment (also available for rent)
- Food (we can provide – more info at checkout)