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Santa Barbara Sea Lion and Wharf Kayak Tour

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

$42/child under 14
$40/person groups of 6+

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

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Book this tour

$72/ Adult (16+)
$42/ Child (3-15)
Infants in lap FREE


Santa Barbara Harbor

Start Times Year Round

  • 10am
  • 1:00pm


2 hours

Group Minimum

2 People


No Experience Required – Great for Families


The perfect afternoon activity for the family!

On this guided kayak tour, you’ll paddle in a tandem or single kayak to the entrance of the harbor past California Brown Pelicans, Harbor Seals, and migration sea birds on your way to the entrance buoy where California Sea Lions haul out and sun themselves on the buoy.

On your way back we’ll explore the oldest wood pier in California, Stearns Wharf. This iconic pier is home to many invertebrates at low tide.

All of this and more, on the best 2 hours you can spend in Santa Barbara!

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.




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