Kayaking in Santa Barbara and its Channel Islands

The surfing lifestyle has made a long lasting impression on the California coastline to the north of Los Angeles. This has been the case since the famous sixties. But now the tide seems to be turning in the favor of different recreational activities. That does not deter determined surfers who still manage to wake up at the crack of dawn to catch the first waves of the ocean blue.

Kayaking Santa Barbara

Kayaking views:

There are many famous points in the north and south of the city where surfboards rally against the majestic currents. But Santa Barbara is the new favorite kayaking destination due to the stunning harbor area. Kayaking provides a superb panoramic view of the diverse waterfront of the urban city. The Santa Barbara harbor is a very enjoyable stretch for kayaking off the pacific shore.

Tour Guides:

The Santa Barbara Adventure Company is an active operator for the region providing an easy way to kayak. They organize guided paddling tours which have duration of four hours. These tours even include breaks for lunches on the pristine beaches nearby along the route. The tour takes you beyond the harbor in a wide loop as long as four miles.

Santa Barbara Kayaking

The scenic kayaking route has the historic pier on it and you paddle right around it. You kayak past the low skyline of the town and you might get to see sea lions, kelp (large brown seaweed) forests, and have an occasional dolphin for company.

The experienced tour guides have great knowledge of the local marine life. They are well experienced of the water conditions and have navigational skills to move through the light surf. Safety equipments, wetsuits, paddle jackets are provided. Kayaks used are ocean ready single or double seated.

Santa Barbra Channel Islands:

These are a chain of four scenic islands. They are separated from the mainland by the Santa Barbara Channel. These Islands are rocky and mountainous in terrain. There are a variety of animal species found on the islands. California Grey whales can be sighted from the island chain.

Santa Barbra Channel Islands

Different types of birds and animals can be found on the island, there being close to 145 unique species. In spring time varied colors of bright wild flowers bloom in the island, this is a popular time to plan a visit here. Hiking and bird watching make for interesting hobbies on the island. Snorkeling and diving also make for popular pass times in the Santa Barbara Islands.

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  1. nick says:

    The Santa Barbara harbor is a very enjoyable stretch for kayaking off the pacific shore.

    the beautiful islands also give dolphins for company, also u might be able to see the sae lions too.

    this is a very good place for hiking and bird watching..

  2. Evan says:

    Great post! :-)

    I chose Santa Barbara as my holiday destination because it’s renowned for its fair weather, downtown beaches, and Spanish architecture!

    With its abundance of seafood, awareness of farming methods, and nearby wineries, Santa Barbara has so many restaurants…!

    Surfing is as much a part of Santa Barbara culture as Art!

    Three time world champion Tom Curren, 10 time world champion Kelly Slater, and other popular surf icons such as Jack Johnson call Santa Barbara home!

    Local surfers are known for going north to The Point, or south to Rincon!

  3. Nice place to visit. Kayaking must do visit and enjoy this places activities. Adventureous activities is the main place for this place and tourist found to be most excited for this reason. Thanks for Post. Great contnet

  4. James says:

    I have been to Santa Barbara several times for kayaking. It is always a relaxing and fun activity!I use my boat in a bag – it’s really handy!
    .-= James´s last blog ..DRY PAK Waterproof Large Duffel Bag =-.

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