Santa Barbara Cruises


Santa Barbara's Premier Party & Event Boat

The Double Dolphin

The view is better from the water! Our 50ft sailing Catamaran, The Double Dolphin, casts off almost daily for coastal cruises, Music on the Water cruises and more. Her 1400 square feet of deck space and dual-hull construction makes her comfortable, stable & safe.

With a 49 passenger capacity we have plenty of room for a large party. On board, you will find beer, wine, champagne, water, sodas, and gourmet snacks. There are two restrooms on board for your convenience.

Come and enjoy America’s Riviera while sailing alongside an entourage of sea lions, dolphins, whales, and birds. It’s a sensational sea story you will tell again and again.

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Welcome Aboard — For Your Comfort & Safety

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.
There’s a bar on board for your convenience.

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

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Michelle Sparkling Brut
$9 Glass | $27 Bottle

Margerum Riviera Rose
$15 Glass | $45 Bottle

Grassini Sauvignon Blanc
$14 Glass | $40 Bottle

Melville Chardonnay
$16 Glass | $48 Bottle

Justin Cabernet Sauvignon
$16 Glass | $48 Bottle


Dos Topas  $8
Chief Peak IPA $8
Firestone 805 Blonde Ale $8
Stella Artois $8


Water $5
Soft Drinks $3
Hot Drinks $5


Assorted Nuts $6
Chips & Cookies $3
Ginger Chews $3

Santa Barbara Sailing Center Merch

Koozie $6
Floating Hat $32
Anchor Hat $24
Double Dolphin T-Shirt $34

Payment and Reservation Policy

100% non-refundable payment is due at the time of booking. We accept all major debit/credit cards. We do not accept cash.

Cancellation and House Credit Policies

To receive house credit, advance notice must be given by 4pm the day prior to your booking for the following:

  • Private Double Dolphin Cruises
  • Private Skippered Charters
  • Pre-paid Full Day Rentals
  • Non-ASA Certification Courses (introductory/refresher lessons) and Guided SUP/Kayak Tours.

To receive house credit, a 7-day advance notice is required for the following:

  • Corporate Regattas
  • Dining at Sea Private Charters
  • Multi-Day Skippered Charters

Membership Cancellation Policy

All memberships auto-bill on the first of each month. If you would like to cancel your membership at any point, you must submit written notice before the first of the month. We cannot offer any refunds or credits for dues already charged.

Liability Waiver Forms

Before participating in water activities, all participants must sign a release of liability form.

Inclement Weather Policy

Full refunds are available when the captain and/or manager make the call for cancellation one hour prior to your departure. Inclement weather is defined as “sea and wind conditions that are deemed potentially unsafe.” Trips operating under unfavorable conditions that do not pose any risk to boat safety (rain, fog, temperature, etc.) will still operate as scheduled. Cancellations made due to “unfavorable conditions” by 4pm the day prior to departure will result in a house credit with no expiration date.

Cannabis Policy:

Although California state law currently allows prescription and recreational cannabis to be legal, it is not legal while boating since the ocean is considered Federal Water. All illegal drugs, as well as all forms of cannabis, are not permitted on any boat for any reason in any amount. The Charterer/Renter will be held liable for the full value of the vessel should anything happen to the boat, as well as loss of income.

Alcohol Policy:

Hard alcohol is not permitted aboard the Double Dolphin. No outside alcohol may be brought on the Double Dolphin for public cruises. Wine can be brought aboard the Double Dolphin for private charters only. Each bottle is subject to an $25 corkage fee and no bottle over 750 ml will be permitted. No other outside alcohol is allowed. Hard alcohol, beer, and wine are all permitted aboard Private Skippered Charters free of charge.

Capacity Policy:

Infants count as a full passenger according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Private charters aboard our Catalinas may have a maximum of 6 guests (not including captain) on board at all times. The Double Dolphin may have a maximum of 49 passengers (not including captain and crew) on board at all times.

Kayak/SUP Policy

Everyone participating in a paddle activity must be a strong swimmer. Please see our website for equipment weight capacity. It is the renter’s responsibility to make sure the equipment is not overloaded. All minors 18 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult at all times while paddling or kayaking.

Catering Order Policy:

All catering orders are 100% non-refundable and must be placed at least 96 hours prior to your scheduled departure date. If the charter is cancelled for any reason, the catering order will be made available for pick up at our office.

Prices subject to taxes and fees. We accept major credit cards only. We do not accept cash.
Please arrive 20-30 minutes early to check in for your cruise.
Please Note:
Reservations are required for all public cruises

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Public Cruises & Rates

Whale Watching Cruises

Offered Mid-February through Mid-May

Morning and afternoon trips daily.

Whale Watching aboard our 50’ Sailing Catamaran, the Double Dolphin, is a unique wildlife touring experience along the Santa Barbara coastline. Join us as we cruise with the Pacific Gray Whales, some of the largest creatures on the planet, on a two and half hour Whale Watching Excursion. This is offered twice daily mid-February through mid-May. We often encounter Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, Dolphins and coastal bird life.

Adults: $65
Children & Infants (12 & Under): $45

  • The Santa Barbara Channel is home to an incredible assortment of marine mammals, including over 30 different species of whales, dolphins, porpoises and pinnipeds.
  • Offshore pelagic and coastal shorebirds flock to the channel and the offshore islands during migratory and nesting times year-round. 
  • During the Double Dolphin’s Whale Watch season, in addition to Sea Lions, Harbor Seals and Dolphins; we are viewing the most common whales sighted off the West coast of North America; the Pacific Gray Whale.
  • Pacific Gray Whales reach about 49 feet in length, weigh approximately 90,000 pounds and can live over 75 years!
  • The Gray Whale has one of the longest annual migrations of any mammal on the planet, averaging 10,000 miles round-trip Alaska to Mexico. 
  • Annually over 25,000 individual Gray whales pass through the protected coastal waters of Santa Barbara, California from mid-February through mid-May.
  • The Santa Barbara Channel is where commercial Whale Watching was started, with sightings possible year-round. Whether aboard a public Whale Watching Excursion or private yacht for a multi-day Channel Islands Getaway, you are sure to receive a National Geographic worthy wildlife viewing experience of a lifetime!


Offered Year-Round

Welcome aboard and set sail for a two hour sunset cruise aboard the Double Dolphin.  While sailing along the coast with the backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains and Channel Islands at a distance, we often see California sea lions, dolphins, and a variety of coastal birds. 

Adults: $65
Children & Infants: $65


Offered Mid-May through Mid-February

Welcome aboard and set sail for a two hour coastal cruise aboard the Double Dolphin.  While sailing along the coast with the backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains and Channel Islands at a distance, we often see California sea lions, dolphins, and a variety of coastal birds. 

Adults: $55
Children & Infants: $55


Offered Year-Round

Sail away for a 1-hour seaside escape along the Santa Barbara Waterfront. Absorb the fresh air, admire local landmarks like Stearns Wharf, and enjoy coastal sea life during this scenic beachside sail. The Waterfront Cruise offers a soothing break, a quick acquaintance with the Waterfront neighborhood, or a relaxing trip with the family.

Adults: $35
Children & Infants: $35

Music on the Water Sunset Cruise

 Offered Friday Evenings
Memorial Day Weekend through October

Waves of music! Join us for a unique experience aboard the Double Dolphin, Santa Barbara’s most popular sailboat. This 50ft cruising catamaran sets sail every Friday evening between Memorial Day and Labor Day for our “Music on the Water” Sunset Cruise. See some of Santa Barbara’s local musicians perform while enjoying the sunset and soaking up the majestic views of the Santa Barbara coastline. We feature a variety of music that is fun for friends and family of all ages. And it’s always accompanied by the sounds of the sea.

Adults: $85
Children & Infants: $85

Sipping on the Sea

Offered on the Third Thursday of the Month
May through October

Sip local wine or beer from a featured winery or brewery from your very own Santa Barbara Sailing Center Govino cup while enjoying a Santa Barbara sunset aboard the Double Dolphin on the third Thursday of the month, May through October. A representative from the winery or brewery will be on board to pour the tastings and provide education on their selection, while your Captain gives insights on the surroundings. Includes tasting with a reusable Santa Barbara Sailing Center Govino cup that you can take home.

Adults: $85
21+ Cruise