Add dates

Santa BarbaraCruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Santa Barbara Cruises & boat tours

Santa Barbara: Channel Islands Day Trip with Kayaking Tour

1. Santa Barbara: Channel Islands Day Trip with Kayaking Tour

Visit Channel Islands National Park for the day and stop at Painted Cave, one of the largest sea caves in the world, only accessible by boat! Our very special day-trip offers the ultimate experience, with sight-seeing, kayaking, cave explorations, snorkeling, swimming, snippets of fascinating history and Channel Island facts and great food. We are often accompanied by marine mammals, including whales, dolphins and orca. The boat is incredibly well fitted-out, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, sundeck viewing, plenty of facilities, hot showers, and a large swim deck close to the water. We visit a part of the Channel Islands that is remote and mostly steep cliffs and beautiful coves. There aren’t any landing piers or docks, so we don’t bring you on land. This is the only way to experience the deepest sea cave on earth!

Santa Barbara: Catamaran Sunset Cruise

2. Santa Barbara: Catamaran Sunset Cruise

Unwind with a relaxing early evening sunset cruise on the Santa Barbara Harbor. Admire the beauty of the scenery as you sail along the coast in a catamaran, then enjoy the romantic atmosphere as the sun sets over the water. Board the Double Dolphin catamaran at the meeting point and set off from Santa Barbara Harbor. Keep your eyes peeled for seals, otters, birds, and other coastal wildlife. Sit back and relax alongside friends or family, and put your feet up after a day of work or sightseeing. Marvel at the sunset views before returning to your original starting point.

Oxnard: Anacapa Island Sea Cave Kayaking Day Tour

3. Oxnard: Anacapa Island Sea Cave Kayaking Day Tour

Kayak Sea Caves on the longest downwind kayak tour in California. Wildlife for the whole family – a SEAfari 🙂 Non-landing Anacapa Island Cruise. Whales and dolphins on the channel crossing. Get close to the Anacapa Arch and see the historic lighthouse. Great chance to see California Sea lions hauled out and sunbathing. View a wide variety of seabirds on one of the largest nesting colonies on the planet for pelicans and gulls. Anacapa has more sea caves per mile than any other island we can find… and we’ve looked everywhere! What’s a “Sea Cave River”? Around every bend and turn there is another cove or cave that we explore. With a little current at our backs, it’s just like paddling down the “Sea Cave River”. Kayak through the iconic Anacapa Arch, symbol of Channel Islands National Park. This 50′ tall arch is incredible and surrounded by beautiful kelp forests and sea lions. Experience one of the largest brown pelican breeding colonies in the world. During the summer the pelicans are busy feeding their young and teaching them to fly. It’s an incredible experience that doesn’t usually make the headlines, but it’s worth it! Short channel crossing to the islands, only 75 minutes to and 60 minutes from the island. We regularly see whales and dolphins on our your journey to and from the island. Check-In: 7:45am Departure: 8:00am Caves and Coves Kayak Expedition starts: 10:00 am SUNFISH departs Anacapa Island: 2:30 pm Whale Watching on return to Oxnard: By 4:00pm

Santa Barbara: Catamaran Coastal Cruise

4. Santa Barbara: Catamaran Coastal Cruise

Experience the beauty of Santa Barbara on this coastal catamaran cruise. Sail along the coast and breathe in the salt air, with the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Channel Islands surrounding you as the backdrop. Try to spot local marine and aerial life and relax in the sun with friends and family. Bask in the afternoon sun as you sail the Santa Barbara coastline on a catamaran. Climb aboard and set off, with the Santa Ynez Mountains calling in the distance. Over a dozen beaches and stunning villas line the ocean-carved coastline, making the best view of Santa Barbara, from the ocean. Enjoy a unique experience with family and friends, spotting California sea lions, otters, seals, dolphins, and many coastal birds. Lear, about local life and why this city is a popular place to visit year-round.

Santa Barbara: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise with Bar

5. Santa Barbara: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise with Bar

Set sail for a unique whale-watching experience in Santa Barbara. Enjoy a relaxing boat trip where you can get up close with some of the largest creatures on the planet, including Pacific grey whales, bottlenose dolphins, and California sea lions. Treat yourself to a drink from the onboard bar. Meet your guide at the harbor and climb aboard a 50' catamaran for an intimate Santa Barbara whale watching experience. Once you're settled on board, set sail to start your adventure. Every season brings something special with it and different animals to spot off the Californian coast. In winter, explore near the coast. Discover the Santa Barbara Channel, home to over 30 species of whales and dolphins. Common sightings include Pacific gray whales, common dolphins, California sea lions, and harbor seals. If you're lucky, spot orcas, blue whales, humpback whales, and pilot whales. In mid-February, spot some of the 28,000 pacific gray whales journeying through the channel on their migration north between Baja California and Alaska. See mothers and calves just a hundred yards offshore. From July through September, discover blue and humpback whales feeding on krill.

Santa Barbara: Painted Cave Kayak Day Trip

6. Santa Barbara: Painted Cave Kayak Day Trip

Kayak the largest sea caves at the Channel Islands, including the deepest sea cave in the world. Island wildlife abounds at this remote location on this premier kayaking day trip! Prepare for “high adventure”, some paddling experience required. Downwind “vessel supported” kayaking. Experienced deck hands will drop you and the guides in the water at point A and pick you up 4-6 miles downwind at point B. Kayak into some of the largest and deepest sea caves on earth! Ocean wilderness experience, you’ll be in a remote area with the experts. Healthy and delicious food served all day. Guides and naturalists to share knowledge of the marine ecosystem. We provide all the necessary kayaking gear for paddling into sea caves. expert symbol Check-in at the Santa Barbara Landing and hop onto the TRUTH for the day. Great care is taken in making your journey comfortable. When it’s time to kayak, you’ll dress up and walk down a short ladder to the swim deck and a guide will help you onto your kayak. Your Expedition Vessel – Truth 49 Passenger USCG Inspected Vessel Bunks below deck for guest gear and napping Hot food is served all day with snacks Soda bar, hot beverages (coffee and tea) all day Sundeck Destination: Painted Cave region of west Santa Cruz Island Spend all day in Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary

Santa Barbara: Sound Bath Sailing Experience

7. Santa Barbara: Sound Bath Sailing Experience

Surrender to the natural healing power of ocean and sound during this unique and intimate sound bath sail experience with Danielle Elese, local Sound Healing Therapist, Reiki Master Teacher & Spiritual Hypnotherapist. This gentle sail down the Santa Barbara coastline will be a journey of profound relaxation and inner harmony. We will meet at the harbor where you will be invited to settle into a comfortable space. Whether you are seeking emotional healing, stress reduction, or simply a profound escape from the demands of daily life, this experiences offers a unique and unforgettable experience. It is an opportunity to recalibrate your energy, align with your highest potential, and find deep resonance within.

Santa Barbara: Private Sailing Concerts

8. Santa Barbara: Private Sailing Concerts

Embark in an immersive experience on the water with elevated sounds and uplifting music that will leave you feeling connected and inspired. Our mission is to offer immersive experiences on the water with elevated sounds, uplifting music, and one-ness with the ocean that leaves our guests feeling connected, nourished, and inspired. we believe that the experience of sailing and being surrounded with uplifting sound is one of the most healing and grounding experiences and we are excited to be partnering with longtime captains and local musicians to create this offering.

7 activities found
Sort by:

You might also like...

Immersive experiences

Frequently asked questions about Santa Barbara Cruises & boat tours

What are other things to do than Cruises & boat tours that are worth visiting in Santa Barbara?

The other unmissable things to do in Santa Barbara are:

Which Santa Barbara Cruises & boat tours are taking additional COVID-19 precautions?

Other Sightseeing Options in Santa Barbara

Want to discover all there is to do in Santa Barbara? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Santa Barbara

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 1 reviews

It was a wonderful trip around Santa Barbara the sunset view was amazing, the music gave the cruise a great vibe, the staff was very nice, and the little selection of wine in the bar was very tasty. Overall if your looking for something romantic to do with your significant other this is definitely a great idea.

Great crew! Unobtrusive, communicative, imparting knowledge about dolphins and other sea creatures. Small bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on board. Lots of dolphins seen right off the boat. The overall experience is a clear recommendation! Good value for money!

In general everything was very nice, the captain was friendly, but unfortunately I didn't see any dolphins and/or whales and that was the main reason why I booked the trip.

Beautiful and relaxing! Staff were wonderful…did everything to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed.

Fantastic Sunset Cruise. The Catamaran was beautiful, and the staff was excellent. We all enjoyed the music as well!