Boats and Charters in Santa Barbara

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Boats and Charters

Condor Express. From SEA Landing, the Condor Express, a 75-foot high-speed catamaran, whisks up to 149 passengers toward the Channel Islands on dinner cruises, whale-watching excursions, and pelagic-bird trips. 301 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA, 93101. 805/882–0088 or 888/779–4253. condorexpress.com.

Santa Barbara Sailing Center. The center offers sailing instruction; rents and charters sailboats, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards; and organizes dinner and sunset champagne cruises, island excursions, and whale-watching trips. Santa Barbara Harbor launching ramp, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101. 805/962–2826. www.sbsail.com.

Santa Barbara Water Taxi. Children beg to ride Lil' Toot, a cherry yellow water taxi that cruises from the harbor to Stearns Wharf and back again. The fare for kids is $1 each way. Santa Barbara Harbor and Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara, CA. 888/316–9363. sbwatertaxi.com. $4 one-way. June–Aug., daily noon–6, Sept.–May, Fri.–Sun. noon–sunset.

SEA Landing. This outfit operates surface and deep-sea fishing charters year-round. Cabrillo Blvd., at Bath St., and breakwater in Santa Barbara Harbor, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101. 805/963–3564. www.sealanding.net.

Truth Aquatics. Truth runs kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, and scuba excursions to the National Marine Sanctuary and Channel Islands National Park. Departures from SEA Landing, Santa Barbara Harbor. 805/962–1127. www.truthaquatics.com.

Channel Islands Outfitters. A full-service paddle sports center in the harbor, this outfit rents kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, surfboards, boogie boards, and water-sports gear, and conducts guided tours and excursions. Smaller outlets are at Goleta Beach near UC Santa Barbara (year-round) and at West Beach next to Stearns Wharf (summer). 117 B Harbor Way, off Shoreline Dr., Santa Barbara, CA, 93109. 805/899–4925 tours; 805/617–3425 rentals. www.channelislandso.com.

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