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The Paddle Sports Center is Santa Barbara's premier Kayak | SUP | Surf rental, membership, instruction, and tour center. Explore the Santa Barbara waterfront & view sea birds, sea lions, seals, dolphins, and even whales! We provide instruction and...more
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117 Harbor Way, Ste B, Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2357
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Reviewed 13 April 2016

Loved everything about this. Great lunch provided. Bring a change of clothes so you can hike after the kayak, views are amazing. Waterprooof camera is a must. If you have a bad back, be prepared to lift and carry your own kayak over a rocky...More

Thank boobear805
Reviewed 8 April 2016

My 15-year old son and his friend begged to do this Channel Islands kayaking trip when we took a trip from Northern California to Santa Barbara over spring break. I wasn't planning on doing the kayaking myself because I'm a runner, and although I exercise...More

1  Thank amymouch
Reviewed 4 April 2016

We did the Marine Gardens at Prisoners day - and we loved it! Our guide, Chuck G., made sure we (all first time kayakers) understood what we were doing and that we were safe. The scenery was wonderful and it was a terrific day! The...More

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Reviewed 28 March 2016

Our daughter' lacrosse team booked a group kayaking trip in the Santa Barbara harbor and the staff accommodated my husband and I to tag along. Very friendly and professional.

Thank Laura P
Reviewed 23 March 2016

We camped with CIO for one evening, over two days. Our guide JD, gave us a wonderful and custom experience. We kayaked and hiked both days. GIven rougher waters the second day, we had to adjust to new plans, but it was all really great....More

Thank Donna W
Reviewed 31 December 2015

We went on the Caves and Coves Classic Tour on 12/30/15. Despite some delays in getting started on our tour, we had an amazing experience and would recommend it to anyone that is up for an island excursion. Our guides, Chuck & JD, were kind,...More

Thank Kelsey6710
Reviewed 28 December 2015

This is a fun outting for a family or group who is reasonably coordinated, adventurous and not upset to get wet or cold. I wouldn't recommend it for those who want to just sit back and be comfortable. The boat over from Ventura is your...More

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GarrettK941, Owner at Paddle Sports Center, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2015

Great advice here, thanks for sharing. As an FYI for anyone reading this and wondering about skiffing to the island rather than unloading on the pier; the pier was damaged in a storm in mid December 2015 and is closed until the National Park Service...More

Reviewed 23 December 2015 via mobile

A trip to the Santa Barbara Chanel Islands is an adventure into another world in a sense. A chance to see crystal clear water, star fish, sea urchins, fish & if your lucky hundreds of Dolphins. This company does an excellent job starting at the...More

Thank Diana W
Reviewed 16 December 2015

These guys are the best! We've had a membership in the co-op for a long time to use SUPs and they are always as accommodating as can be. We recently arranged an Island kayak adventure for nine of us through CIO and I highly recommend...More

Thank Bob G
GarrettK941, Owner at Paddle Sports Center, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2015

We're touched by your nice comments and stoked you had such a great time at the islands. Happy Holidays!

Reviewed 6 December 2015

Channel islands outfitters took great care of us, two amateur kayakers. They send you enough info ahead of time so you know what you need to bring and they provide things for you too (like an extra jacket to wear over the wetsuit, much appreciated)....More

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15 January 2017|
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Response from Fernando M | Reviewed this property |
As has been mentioned, the wetsuits don't have sleeves, So if that's of concern to you, being a rashguard. Otherwise, the wetsuit they provide you is fine.
20 November 2016|
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Response from GarrettK941 | Property representative |
The deepest of the caves on the Eastern side of Santa Cruz is about 800 feet long. In total there are 120 sea caves on the island, but the areas of Scorpion and Coche Point hold roughly 25 sea caves that are explorable by... More
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Response from Darlene N | Reviewed this property |
We were there in the beginning of June and the water was cold. We had wet suits to kayak and swim. Hiking was fine and it was warm.