Harbor Kayaking

  • Port

    Santa Barbara, California, US

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 3 Hours

  • Meals Included


Paddle your way to paradise. Santa Barbara at sea level by kayak is one of the most relaxing ways to explore the American Riviera® and its stunning land and seascapes.

Begin your adventure with transportation to Sea Landing -- the put-in point where your guide will offer a comprehensive safety lesson. If you have brought a daypack with dry clothes, shoes and towel, you can leave it in the tour company’s locked van.

Don your paddle jacket and climb aboard your choice of a single or double sit-on-top kayak. Soon you’ll be paddling your way through the harbor, savoring the sea breeze, and soaking in the sights and sounds of Stearns’ Wharf -- the oldest working wharf in California. In 1872 construction was completed on what had just become the longest deep-water pier between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Named for its builder, local lumberman John P. Stearns, the wharf served the passenger and freight shipping needs of California's South Coast for more than a quarter century. When the railroad finally reached Santa Barbara, in 1877, Stearns added an additional spur to the wharf, providing a necessary transport link to his lumberyard and the nearby Southern Pacific Depot. Stearns’ Wharf has had its share of natural and economic disasters, from the big earthquake in 1925 to a fire in 1973, which caused its closure. The new Stearns’ Wharf is today Santa Barbara's most visited landmark.

See for yourself the beauty of Santa Barbara’s beaches, most of which face south. East Beach and Leadbetter Beach boast everything a sun worshipper could wish for -- volleyball, biking, skating, art shows, hotels, restaurants and proximity to the Santa Barbara Zoo. People-watch as you paddle by all the shoreside activity.

Enjoy the expert commentary of your professional guide on local trivia, marine ecology, cultural history, paddling techniques and personal insight into what it’s like to live and work in such a beautiful part of the world. Watch for sea lions, paddle through kelp beds, and fall into the kind of tranquil, meditative state that comes naturally when kayaking.

Back at Sea Landing, change your clothes and return to your ship or set off for some independent exploration and shopping.


Minimum height is 48". Minimum age is 7 years. Wear your swimsuit and synthetic (quick-drying) shorts or pants and a synthetic shirt or jacket to be comfortable throughout this guided kayak tour of Santa Barbara Harbor.