Water activity

Santa Barbara: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise with Bar

Water activity

Santa Barbara: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise with Bar

From US$ 72.80 per person

Embark on a whale watching tour aboard a catamaran along the Santa Barbara coastline. Spot Pacific gray whales, dolphins, sea lions, and other marine life. Relax with a drink from the onboard bar.

About this activity

Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable
Duration 2.5 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Get a breath of salty air as you get up close with incredible marine animals
  • Keep your eyes peeled for majestic 45-foot long Pacific gray whales and more
  • See if you can spot whales, dolphins, sea lions, and coastal bird life too
  • Indulge in a drink from the onboard bar during the whale watching trip
  • Enjoy a unique wildlife touring experience along the Santa Barbara coastline
Full description

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.

  • Catamaran sailing tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at Santa Barbara Sailing Center (gray building with white trim). Santa Barbara Harbor is located at the east end of the main parking lot off of Harbor Way. Face the ocean and go to the right side of the public boat launch ramp. The ramp to the docks is directly in front of the Boat Launch Mini Mart.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Binoculars
  • Motion sickness prevention
  • Thermal clothing

Not allowed

  • Alcohol and drugs

Product ID: 412666