Santa Barbara Sailing Center Stand-Up Paddling

Whale Watching Cruises

Mid-February through Mid-May

Come Santa Barbara Whale Watching aboard the 50′ Sailing Catamaran, the Double Dolphin.
This is an amazing treat that you and your family will remember forever!

Morning and afternoon trips leaving daily!

The Santa Barbara Channel is home to an incredible assortment of marine mammals, including over 30 different species of whales and dolphins. The most common whales sighted on our whale watching adventures are the majestic Pacific Grey Whales, but sometimes we also see the enormous Blue Whales, which can reach up to 100 feet in length and are the largest animals on the planet! On most of our whale watching trips we also see Common, Risso’s and Bottlenose Dolphins, California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, and lots of other marine life.
Occasionally, we are even lucky enough to spot Orcas, Humpback, Minke, and Pilot Whales.

Pacific Gray Whales
This year an estimated 28 thousand Pacific Gray Whales will journey through the channel on their migration between Alaska and Baja California. On their way south, they pass along the Channel Islands, about 25 miles off our coast. Beginning in mid February, as they make their way north again, the mothers and calves stay close to the Santa Barbara coastline, coming within a few hundred yards from shore. Join us for an experience of a lifetime as we journey alongside these magnificent animals on a 2 and 1/2 hour whale watching excursion mid February through mid May.

Blue and Humpback Whales
From July through September the Blue and Humpback Whales visit the area to feed on the krill produced in the Santa Barbara Channel. In recent years the largest concentration of Blue Whales in the world has been in our channel in addition to large numbers of Humpback Whales, which are usually seen off the coast of Hawaii.

Whether you live in Santa Barbara or you’re just here visiting on vacation, you owe it to yourself and your family to come whale watching aboard the Double Dolphin. This is a treat we’re sure you’ll remember forever. Also, remember, we almost always see dolphins, sea lions and other fantastic marine life too.

Reservations are required.
Children 2 years old and younger are free, but must be booked over the phone or in person.
College students under 25 with a valid college ID will receive a special rate,┬áMonday – Thursday cruises only (excluding holiday Mondays).
To receive the special rate, you must book over the phone or in person.

Please arrive 20-30 minutes early to your cruise.

Book Online to reserve your spot, or Contact Us.

Whale Watching Cruise Rates

Adults: $40

Children 12 and Under: $20

College Students Under 25 with Valid ID: $15

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All prices include the Port Tax. We accept major credit cards only. We do not accept cash.

Santa Barbara Sailing Center Stand-Up Paddling

Dress in layers as it tends to be cooler on the water.
Wear comfortable, non-marking soled shoes.
Bring a camera, sunscreen, sunglasses and binoculars if you have them (especially for whale watching)
Motion sickness medication should be taken according to manufacturer’s direction.

Bringing your own alcoholic beverages is NOT permitted on any Double Dolphin public cruises.

There’s a bar on board for your convenience.
Check out our Bar Menu.

Please view the Sailing Center Policies.

We almost always see dolphins, sea lions and other fantastic marine life too!

Private Charters are available too!

All prices include the Port Tax. We accept major credit cards only. We do not accept cash.

Book Your Trip Online