Welcome To Year Round Whale Watching California Style!

Voted best whale watching in Santa Barbara every year since 1979!

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Gray Whale Watching



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Custom Party Cruises


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The Santa Barbara Channel

Our nutrient-rich cruising grounds.

The Santa Barbara Channel is home to over 27 different species of whales and dolphins that visit throughout the year. It is the prime northern feeding grounds for blue whales and humpback whales from May through November. The California gray whale herd passes by on both their southern and northern migration. Come out to enjoy and see these wonderful whales any time of the year. Our guests come from all over the world to enjoy whale watching California style year round and the wonder and beauty of the Santa Barbara Channel — come join the excitement!


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Our Experienced Condor Express Crew


Captain Dave
Dave
Captain
Captain Eric
Eric
Captain
Auggie
Auggie
Deckhand
Steve
Steve
Deckhand
Tasha
Tasha
Cafe Manager
Bob
Bob
Staff Photographer
In addition to the expert crew on the Condor Express, Channel Islands Naturalist Corps volunteers and representatives from the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and National Park are usually on board and available to answer your questions.


The Condor Express Boat

Specially designed for safety around wildlife.

The Condor Express is an eco-friendly, 75’, quad-jet catamaran that has an extremely stable and comfortable ride. This state-of-the-art vessel uses water jet propulsion and was specially designed for allowing ocean mammals to visit the boat up close without endangering them with a spinning propeller. Because of it’s design and speed, we get to the wildlife quickly, sit quietly, allowing whales and other sea life to get as close as they like.


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Condor Express Whale Watching Seasons


Welcome to whale watching California style in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. Condor Express Whale Watching is the premier Whale Watching and Charter Cruise venue along the coast of Southern California. We are one of the few whale watching companies to offer year round whale watching and a whale watch guarantee. Condor Express Whale Watching offers a variety of spectacular excursions in the Santa Barbara Channel including whale watching, pelagic birding, wedding cruises, dinner cruises, private parties and corporate events.

Winter
Islands Cruise


Gray Whale Watching
and Dolphin Watching

January 1 to February 14
(No Cruises Mondays or Tuesdays)

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Early Spring
Coastal Cruise


Gray Whale Watching
and Dolphin Watching

February 15 to May 8
(7 days a week)
Three 2.5 hour coastal cruises daily – departing 9 am, 12 noon, & 3 pm

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Spring/Summer
Islands Cruise


Dolphin, Humpback Whale Watching and early Blue Whale Watching

May 9 to Oct 2
(7 days a week)
One 4.5 hour trip per day departing at 10 am – returning 2:30 pm

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Fall
Islands Cruise


Dolphin, Humpbacks, Blue Whales, Southbound Gray Whale Watching

October 5 to December 31
One 4.5 hour trip per day departing at 10 am – returning 2:30 pm
Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day – no cruises.

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