Condor Express Whale Watching, Santa Barbara

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Boat Rental · Dolphin / Whale Watching
The Santa Barbara Channel offers some of the finest whale and dolphin watching in the world. View gray, humpback and blue whales, dolphins, orcas, seals and sea lions along the coast and at the Channel Islands.

Gray whales pass along the cost during their annual migration every winter and spring. Friendly humpback and gigantic blue whales enter our Santa Barbara Channel to feed from May through fall. The channel is home to over 27 species of whales and dolphins, six types of seals and sea lions, and countless seabirds and fish throughout the year. Come aboard - Your Adventure Awaits!

The Condor Express is an eco-friendly, 75’, quad-jet catamaran that has an extremely stable and comfortable ride. It carries up to 127 passengers. This state-of-the-art vessel uses water jet propulsion and was specially designed for allowing ocean mammals to visit up close without endangering them with a spinning propeller. Because of it’s design and speed, we get to the wildlife quickly, sit quietly, and allow whales and other sea life to visit with us.
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  • It had been many years since my family boarded the Condor Express together but it did not disappoint! Even during the pandemic restrictions they are able to host a wonderful day out on the water...  more »
  • We went to this excursion and really we thought it was something for the “tourist” This day was incredible, amazing around 12 whales, hundreds, thousands of dolphins ones shark and a Mola...  more »
  • Best experience ever! Captain Tasha is amazing as well as the whole crew! Very compassionate people who care for the ocean, it was shown by them actually taking a Mylar balloon out of the ocean. Saw 2 humpback whales, 3 gray whales, and literally THOUSANDS of common dolphins on March, 17, 2019
  • We went in March and saw several humpback whales and hundreds of dolphins. It was a truly amazing experience for our family with young kids. The boat was nice, the crew thoughtful and knowledgeable, and the scenery beautiful. Strong recommend.

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