Gray Whale.

A great abundance of cetaceans

2017 03-09 SB Coast Yet another drop dead gorgeous day met the Condor Express and our neck of the Santa Barbara Channel.  The sun was bright and warm.  The sea surface was glassy and calm all day long.  Two whale watching excursions left the docks, the first at noon and the second at 3pm.  Wow a great abundance of cetaceans, …

nine gray whales and lots of dolphins

2017 03-04 SB Coast Two trips left the dock today, a noon trip and a 3pm.  The ocean surface was great on both excursions with super glassy smooth conditions.  Skies had a high dense cloud layer in advance of an on-coming storm which may skirt the region tomorrow and Monday.  Both trips were highly successful with a total of 9 …

Two gray whales. We saw four total today.

Four large gray whales

2017 03-03 SB Coast Captain Dave and his crew reported watching four large gray whales today.  Here is the story:  It was a “drop-dead gorgeous” day in our neck of the Santa Barbara Channel.  Winds were calm and the air was so clear one could see all 4 Channel Islands sharply.  The ocean surface was mill pond flat and glassy. …

Northbound gray whale

A pair of northbound gray whales

2017 02-25 SB Coast Calm seas prevailed and there were fair skies until late in the afternoon.  Conditions for observing wildlife were fantastic.  Even the surface debris that I discussed yesterday is starting to dissipate a bit making the water even clearer and better for viewing animals below the surface.  The total sightings for the day included masses of sea …

Gray whale tail flukes !

Two friendly gray whales

2017 02-24 SB Coast It was a spectacular day along the Santa Barbara coast.  Skies were sunny and nice.  The local hills and mountains are bright green from all the rain.  Winds were light and variable.  On our way out of Santa Barbara Harbor a larger-than-usual number of California sea lions were rafting around the harbor entrance buoy and there …

Gray whale breaching

Gray Whale breaching, chin-slaps, and rolls around.

There were a few scattered showers today but seas were calm and enabled the Condor Express to take a great tour of our region of the Santa Barbara Channel.  Captain Dave and his crew were back on the water after a few weeks in the boat yard undergoing their required USCG inspections and other normal maintenance. One gray whale, 300 …

Annual Maintenance On The Condor Express

Condor Express Whale Watching in Santa Barbara California takes great pride in their unique whale watching boat. We carry tens of thousands of people every year to see the amazing wildlife in the Santa Barbara Channel and all around the Channel Islands. This special boat is a main reason Condor Express Whale Watching is ranked #1 by the Santa Barbara …

Friendly gray whale today. One of 4 sighted.

4 Gray Whales and more

2016 12-30 SB Channel The rain waited until we were back at the dock, but the rain cloud formations over the Santa Barbara Channel were spectacular.  The ocean surface was a tiny bit choppy leaving Santa Barbara Harbor but soon glassed-off completely.  Visibilities were great both topside and underwater.  You could see all 4 islands in the chain, and the …