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Sea Lion Kayak Tour

Kayak Santa Barbara's 'American Riviera' and visit the Sea Lions and Seals that haul out on navigation markers in the harbor.

  • Visit the Sea Lions at the “Green Buoy”
  • Great for all ages.
  • Paddle under the historic Stearns Wharf!

*Kids are considered ages 6-17

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Santa Barbara Harbor

Start Time

Summer: 10am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm


2 hours

Group Minimum

2 People


No Experience Required – Great for Families


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 of the Santa Barbara Harbor and waterfront area is a wonderful experience for the whole family.  Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a journey through history, and offer you a front row seat to view wildlife of the region. From sea lions and sea stars to pelicans, egrets, and herons, our coastline has an abundance of beautiful creatures to admire.  If you’re lucky you could paddle with a family of dolphins or wave to grey whales passing by on their yearly migration pattern.  This is the perfect activity if you are visiting Santa Barbara and looking for unique things to do with your friends or family.  This is our most popular excursion.

What to Bring

  • Reusable water bottle to stay hydrated!
  • Sunscreen, sun protection (hat, UV shirt), sunglasses (available at the shop)
  • Waterproof case (available at the shop) or waterproof camera

We have lockers and changing rooms available. Public bathrooms are also available nearby. Paid all day parking is very close, and we have bike racks behind the shop if you are human powered all day!


Santa Barbara Harbor

We’re conveniently located in the Santa Barbara Harbor next to the Fish Market and Brophy Bros. Our paddlers frequently see Pelicans, Sea Lions, Dolphins & Whales!

You can easily walk or bike to the Harbor from the many hotels in downtown Santa Barbara or right off the 101. Feel free to call, email or stop in with any questions.

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We loved our kayaking trip with Ryan as our guide. The ferry ride was awesome, food was great and our kayaking through caves very exciting! Lots of swells.

-Karen R. | TripAdvisor



We contacted the Sports Centre late with a large group wanting to do a quick paddle arounf the harbour. Jordan looked after us, made sure we had everything we needed, and had a great time with the kids paddling around the harbour. Great for kids aged 5 up.

-Dean E. | TripAdvisor



I was so glad to have gone there for paddle board lessons with my granddaughter. Terrific instruction and really nice people and facilities.

-Beryl K. | TripAdvisor



We loved our kayak tour with Adam. He was really knowledgable and friendly and ensured that we had a great time (despite the rainy and cold weather).

-Heather S. | TripAdvisor