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Paddle Sports Center

117 B Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
+1 805-617-3425
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Best Island Experience

This group of guides was so friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend them to anyone that... read more

Reviewed 21 September 2015
Amado A
Twentynine Palms, California
The Best

I'm 62 and my wife is 56. We had just a little kayaking experience prior to this trip We could not... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2015
Bob T
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Explore the Santa Barbara waterfront by kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Paddle with dolphins, whales, sea lions, seals, and marine birds. We provide instruction and comfy/quality gear. Our rental rates are the best in town. After the first hour, pay only for the time you spend on the water! Find us next to Brophy's Restaurant and the fish market. Reserve online and SAVE UP TO 40%!
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 18:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
117 B Harbor Way, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
+1 805-617-3425

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Reviewed 21 September 2015

This group of guides was so friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend them to anyone that asks. Well worth every penny!

Thank Amado A
Reviewed 16 September 2015

I'm 62 and my wife is 56. We had just a little kayaking experience prior to this trip We could not have been more pleased. Our guides were superb - very knowledgeable, entertaining but with a "safety-first" attitude. The scenery around Santa Cruz island is...More

Thank Bob T
Reviewed 16 September 2015

We camped on Santa Cruz Island and met up with CIO on Saturday, 9/12/15 for a Caves & Coves tour. The entire staff was well informed and friendly, our pre-kayak safety talk was comprehensive and useful. The gear was in good condition and our guide,...More

1  Thank tbonkers
Reviewed 16 September 2015

We never have been kayaking before. They took such good care of us from fitting our wetsuits and fins and teaching us every step. Matt was our guide and I cant say enough good things about how capable he is. We are an older couple...More

Thank arlenelosangeles
Reviewed 14 September 2015

From the time we walked up to the site for our boat in Ventura & kayaking tour( on Santa Cruz) , as well as the return trip , we experienced friendly & caring employees & guides. The boat trip stopped on occasion to witness what...More

Thank gtomkiewicz
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Never been kayaking, and only snorkeling once, my husband and I chose the EPIC adventure. WOW! From check-in, where we met the chef and our private guide, to disembarking the ferry around 5ish, we had an experience of a lifetime. On our ferry ride out...More

1  Thank lynnr499
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Everything was taken care of: ferry ticketing, wet suit, kayaking lessons, and some island history. It was so much fun and they were so organized. They provided us with lessons thoroughly and still had us in our wet suits quickly so that our time on...More

Thank IreneDJ2
Reviewed 8 September 2015

I took my daughter to Santa Cruz Island and used Channel Islands Outfitters for snorkling and kayaking. They were great. Our guide, Matt, really worked hard to make sure our experience was good. I would highly recommend this outfitter.

Thank Erik L
Reviewed 8 September 2015

The CIO arranged every detail for us from the ferry ride to the kayaking to lunch, to pacing---it is a first class, customer-oriented operation run by people who know and love what they are doing. Our guide, JD - one of the company owners took...More

Thank Patrick O
Reviewed 7 September 2015

Took the Channel Islands Outfitters' Caves and Coves day trip for kayaking to the Channel islands, had a blast. Everything was taken care of - boats, equipment, food. Had a great time kayaking with JD Dresser as our guide, lots of fun. Did a bit...More

Thank Lynn G
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16 January 2017|
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Response from Fernando M | Reviewed this property |
As has been mentioned, the wetsuits don't have sleeves, So if that's of concern to you, being a rashguard. Otherwise, the wetsuit they provide you is fine.
20 November 2016|
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Response from GarrettK941 | Property representative |
The deepest of the caves on the Eastern side of Santa Cruz is about 800 feet long. In total there are 120 sea caves on the island, but the areas of Scorpion and Coche Point hold roughly 25 sea caves that are explorable by... More
Jeanne F
7 October 2016|
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Response from Darlene N | Reviewed this property |
We were there in the beginning of June and the water was cold. We had wet suits to kayak and swim. Hiking was fine and it was warm.