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Condor Express Whale Watching

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301 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3886
+1 805-882-0088
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Blue whales!

Super trip, very professional captain & crew. Volunteer park rangers / guides aboard were very... read more

Reviewed today
Susan B
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Galway, Ireland
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Fantastic!!

We did this tour today as a family (2 kids ages 13 and 9). It was the best! The captain was very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tina S
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Gurnee
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good13%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“humpback whales” (35 reviews)
“blue whale” (23 reviews)
“common dolphins” (16 reviews)
LOCATION
301 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3886
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+1 805-882-0088
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"humpback whales"
in 35 reviews
"blue whale"
in 23 reviews
"common dolphins"
in 16 reviews
"knowledgeable crew"
in 4 reviews
"hour trip"
in 10 reviews
"swimming alongside the boat"
in 3 reviews
"feeding frenzy"
in 5 reviews
"captain dave"
in 3 reviews
"marine life"
in 10 reviews
"excellent trip"
in 5 reviews
"channel islands"
in 17 reviews
"the galley"
in 3 reviews
"well worth the cost"
in 3 reviews
"highly recommend this trip"
in 3 reviews
"santa cruz island"
in 9 reviews
"amazing experience"
in 4 reviews
"sightings"
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Reviewed today via mobile

Super trip, very professional captain & crew. Volunteer park rangers / guides aboard were very knowledgeable. Went 20 miles out to sea as far as Santa Cruz island (very comfortable ride) freshly cooked snacks available and were rewarded with a sighting of 8-10 blue whales....More

Thank Susan B
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did this tour today as a family (2 kids ages 13 and 9). It was the best! The captain was very diligent in trying to make it so we could see a whale, in the end he succeeded and we got close to a...More

Thank Tina S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fabulous company that is rumored to have started the passenger-carrying whale watching business in the Santa Barbara Channel, if not all of southern California. Their vessel, the Condor Express, was designed from the bottom up to be a premier platform for finding...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful day out whale watching. We saw 11 Blue Whales and too many dolphins to count. The ships crew were excellent in getting us to the best viewing locations. This trip is well worth the price to go. This was a wonderful...More

Thank Straveler1007
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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

They mean it when they say you will see ocean life. It was the tail end of the season, but our captain stayed out until we saw a mama whale and her baby. However, the highlight for me were the dolphins playing all around us.

Thank tigerlily
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

My daughter took me on an overnite trip to Santa Barbara to commemorate Mother's Day & my Birthday. It was booked last minute & as a result we almost missed the boat, but the crew was kind enough to wait for us. We barely started...More

Thank Naomi K
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

Our whale watching trip will stay in our memories forever. What an experience. The boat was very comfortable and the crew and two volunteers were really knowledgeable. We saw hump back whales playing, dolphins, pelicans and the icing on the cake was seeing a blue...More

Thank Heather M
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

What a trip! We came across three different enormous dolphin pods. Our captain thought there were more than 1,000 dolphins. They were everywhere. This was a very special experience. We also saw three gray whales. The boat was very comfortable and the volunteers on board...More

Thank Doug N
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

The tour was incredible and very interesting. The staff were very helpful and responsible. They talked to us about whales and it was very detailed and extremely fascinating! The boat was very clean and nice. They don’t use a radar to track whales, so the...More

1  Thank DebE_NYC
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Signed up for the 9:00 tour on a beautiful but chilly Saturday morning. Leaving the Santa Barbara Harbor, we first came upon 4 sea lions followed soon by several bottle nosed dolphins. Going out further, we came upon over 100 common dolphins feeding and playing....More

1  Thank 5Kenners
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Tina S
28 June 2018|
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Response from Naomi K | Reviewed this property |
I took my own water & I usually carry energy bars or something so bringing your own snacks should be ok, as long as you're not doing a full picnic on board. But the boat does have a small snack bar where you can order... More
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Jenn A
13 May 2018|
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Response from Naomi K | Reviewed this property |
I went in May & saw dolphins & orcas really close up. If you want to time your visit to see certain things, Condor Express website has a calendar you can check for probablity for seeing certain things. The whales are there... More
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Tessa B
11 April 2018|
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Response from elizabengle | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are two 'heads' on the boat that were very clean.
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