Recent Searches

Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour

Santa Barbara, United States
Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour

Select Date and Travelers

Number of travelers
1 Adult2 Adults3 Adults4 Adults5 Adults6 Adults7 Adults8 Adults9 Adults10 Adults11 Adults12 Adults13 Adults14 Adults15 Adults0 Children1 Child2 Children3 Children4 Children5 Children6 Children7 Children8 Children9 Children10 Children11 Children12 Children13 Children14 Children15 Children
Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance. Learn more
Loading available options...

Safety measures
icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Paddle into the sunset along the Southern California coast during this beginner-friendly kayaking trip from Santa Barbara. Watch the last rays of the day melt into the Pacific as you travel through the glassy waters of Santa Barbara Harbor. As you move, you’ll pass by the historic wharf and past other boats, keeping your eyes out for marine life. An included lesson in astronomy and ecology from your guide is an added bonus. A guide and all necessary kayaking gear is included.
  • Take a sunset kayak tour along the shore of Santa Barbara
  • Discover the beautiful beaches and diverse marine life of this unique coastal environment
  • Get an introduction to kayaking or simply a chance to get on the water for a little while
  • Learn about the astronomy and marine ecology of Southern California
  • Enjoy the beautiful colors of the setting sun as it slowly 'melts' into the ocean
  • Great trip for nature lovers and fans of outdoor activities
Saved to wishlist!
All associated kayaking gear (wet suit, PFD, helmet, paddle, etc.
Knowledgeable guide and discussion of natural history/marine ecology
Spectacular views of Santa Barbara
Personal expenses
Parking is $2.00 per hour, maximum $12.00 per car.
Gratuity for your guide(s) - While optional it is very much appreciated and to be given at your discretion in return for their leadership, expertise, and professionalism.You can tip the guide in cash or via credit card at the end of your tour as you feel appropriate.

Departure Point

301 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

Turn left into the harbor at Harbor Way. Turn left again, enter the harbor at the kiosk. In the harbor, go back towards the pier. Follow the signs to boat launch area. We will meet you at the “Sea Landing” at the end of the Harbor. Look for your guide with the kayaks.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Get out on the water and learn about the unique coastal environment of Southern California during this Santa Barbara kayaking trip. Whether you’re brand-new to kayaking or just looking for a great way to admire this beautiful coastal area from the water, you’re sure to enjoy this outdoor adventure.

Begin your trip in the late afternoon from Santa Barbara Harbor, beginning your adventure with a comprehensive lesson in kayaking safety and technique. You’ll receive a personal floatation device and a splash jacket, along with an explanation of how to paddle to maximize each stroke with minimal effort. Once you’re ready, travel out into the harbor in either a double- or single-person boat. As you complete your paddle trip, you’ll have plenty of time to admire the beautiful surroundings, checking out gorgeous views of the nearby beaches as you continue. Best of all, your trip takes place in the golden light at the end of the day, offering amazing chance to admire the ocean as its color slowly changes to a rosy orange and subtle pink in the setting sun.

While you paddle, your guide will also offer an introduction to the marine ecology and astronomy of Southern California, helping you to better connect to the natural environment of this unique aquatic environment. Return back to your original departure point to finish your kayaking adventure.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • PLEASE NOTE: The start time changes throughout the year and is approximately 2 hours prior to sunset. Please call our office for confirmation of your meet time.
  • If your contact number is international please include your email address in the comment section.
  • Minimum numbers apply. Our kayak tours require a minimum of 2 participants to run. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • If you are a single traveler, please feel free to call our office to confirm availability
  • Children under 5 are not permitted. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult in a double kayak.
  • Although we offer dry bags to help keep gear dry, everything that comes on the kayaking trip runs the risk of getting wet. We therefore recommend that you only bring personal gear that can get wet or damp during the trip. Items that must stay dry such as cameras or other electronic devices, change of clothes or personal belongings should stay in your vehicle.
  • Sun Screen (SPF 30 or higher).
  • A hat with a brim.
  • Sunglasses with a neck strap such as "Chums" or “Croakies”
  • 1-quart (or greater) water bottle filled with water - please help us reduce our environmental footprint by bringing a re-usable bottle.
  • Wet shoes such as "Tevas" or "Aqua Socks" or an old pair of tennies.
  • Swim suit or swim trunks
  • Sweatshirt
  • A beach towel
  • Waterproof camera (recyclable).(optional)
  • Polyester shirt or other synthetic clothing (layering). (optional)
  • Double kayaks are automatically provided. Singles are available for odd number parties. Guests over 230lbs will be provided a single kayak.
  • Guests under 18 years of age MUST have a parent or legal guardian sign their release forms. If you need this paperwork sent to you ahead of time, please contact our office.
  • Santa Barbara Adventure Company . Channel Islands Adventure Company . 805-884-WAVE (805-884-9283)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Santa Barbara Adventure Company
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour.


11 Reviews
4 stars
2 stars
1 star

Reviews by Viator travelers

Showing 1-2 of 11 reviews
Sunset Kayaking
, Aug 2020
Scott was a great guide. We felt safe and had a great time. He was very knowledgeable. We saw the Santa Barbara area from a great perspective.
Kayak sunset tour of Santa Barbara
, Jul 2020
Scott our kayak tour guide was THE BEST! Very knowledgeable and friendly and took us all over the place. Our favorite was going under the wharf a couple of times. Great instruction on how to maneuver the kayak as well. Highly recommend!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful

Compare Similar Experiences

Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour
Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour


2 hours

Free Cancellation



2 hours

Free Cancellation



3 hours 30 minutes

Free Cancellation



1 hour 30 minutes

Free Cancellation



1 hour 30 minutes

Free Cancellation



4 hours

Free Cancellation



1 hour 30 minutes

Free Cancellation



1 hour

Free Cancellation



1 hour 30 minutes

Free Cancellation


Explore Similar Things to Do