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“Best Island Experience”

Paddle Sports Center
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US$ 15.00*
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Kayak Rental
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 comfortable/quality gear. Our rental rates are the best in town and our local guides are extremely knowledgable about the area. We have been serving the local community for over 25 years, and we guarantee that you will have an enjoyable experience.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 20 September 2015

This group of guides was so friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend them to anyone that asks. Well worth every penny!

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed 16 September 2015

I'm 62 and my wife is 56. We had just a little kayaking experience prior to this trip We could not have been more pleased. Our guides were superb - very knowledgeable, entertaining but with a "safety-first" attitude. The scenery around Santa Cruz island is magnificent. On the trip we saw up close and personal, sea lions, seals, all kinds of birds. The kelp forests were magnificent. But the absolute highlight were the caves. We paddled into at least half a dozen of them. Our guides were very sensitive to the the varying capabilities of our group. The whole trip went smoothly from start to finish. And.... when I left my paddling gloves at the site, I got a call from Channel Island Outfitters the next day wanting to know where to mail them. Talk about service! Book with these guys and you won't regret it!

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Bob T
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

We camped on Santa Cruz Island and met up with CIO on Saturday, 9/12/15 for a Caves & Coves tour. The entire staff was well informed and friendly, our pre-kayak safety talk was comprehensive and useful. The gear was in good condition and our guide, Emily, was fun and knowledgeable, giving us tidbits of the history of the islands as we toured the coast and caves. She entered each cave first to make sure it was suitable for our group, then safely led us each into the caves. The scenery is spectacular and I highly recommend this tour and this company. Emily even took photos of us which were available online for free!

Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed 15 September 2015

We never have been kayaking before. They took such good care of us from fitting our wetsuits and fins and teaching us every step. Matt was our guide and I cant say enough good things about how capable he is. We are an older couple and Matt helped us from beginning to the end of our journey.


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Date of experience: September 2015
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Reviewed 14 September 2015

From the time we walked up to the site for our boat in Ventura & kayaking tour( on Santa Cruz) , as well as the return trip , we experienced friendly & caring employees & guides. The boat trip stopped on occasion to witness what the sea has to offer.In our case, a large school of dolphin ( hundreds) AWESOME. Matt took care of our family on the kayaking tour. Matt was very informative on kayak safety, technique, Island history & wildlife on Santa Cruz. They made it easy to have a fun & a memorable experience. Save some time to hike some of the scenic trails on Santa Cruz , you won't regret it. WE'LL BE BACK Glen

Date of experience: September 2015
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