Whale Watching Safely Open

We're Safely Open!

We've Been Certified By Santa Barbara County Public Health To Reopen OUR BUSINESS.

PLEASE BE ADVISED YOUR HEALTH IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY

We are taking the following steps to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all our passengers and crew.
• Check in at Sea Landing will begin 30 minutes before cruise begins.
• Boarding will begin 15 minutes before departure.
• Congregating at the dock is not allowed. Please enjoy our beautiful beach while waiting to board.
• Masks are required to be worn by all guests during cruise.
• Our boat will be sanitized prior to, during, and between cruises.
• If you are not feeling well or do not feel comfortable riding our boat, please avoid this activity.
• We will do our best to practice and encourage social distancing between individuals and groups (does not apply to families).
• Our boat will be limited to 39% capacity.
• The cruise schedule is subject to change based on minimum fare, weather, and social distancing requirements.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION DURING THIS TIME

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Condor Express
Year Round Whale Watching

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
and Dolphin Watching

4.5 HOUR ISLAND WHALE WATCH
SOUTHBOUND GRAY WHALE MIGRATION

January 2 to February 16
No Cruises Mondays or Tuesdays
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Early Spring Coastal Cruise

Gray Whale, possible Humpback, and Dolphin Watching

2.5 HOUR COASTAL WHALE WATCH
NORTHBOUND GRAY WHALE MIGRATION

February 17 to May 10
7 days a week
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Spring / Summer Islands Cruise

Dolphin, Humpback, Blue, AND MINKE Whale Watching

2.5 HOUR ISLAND WHALE WATCH

May 11 to Oct 4
7 days a week
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Fall Islands Cruise

Dolphin, Humpback, Blue,  Gray, and minke Whale Watching

4.5 HOUR ISLAND WHALE WATCH

October 5 to December 31
No Cruises Monday or Tuesday
(except Dec 31)
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Gift Cards

Give the unforgettable gift of an adventure on the sea to family and friends.

There is nothing like seeing, and feeling, nature on the ocean. The smell of fresh sea air combined with the beauty of nature all around you are a perfect backdrop for an ocean adventure. Birds fly past while you view the channel islands and the Santa Barbara coast from a whole different perspective. Large pods of dolphins and groups of sea lions frolic and swim within a few hundred feet of the boat. Whales swim up to the boat on their journey through the Santa Barbara Channel. Magic happens when they come up to the boat and greet another part of nature from their perspective. Give an experience of a lifetime to someone you care about and appreciate.

Gift cards are available to purchase for all our whale watching trips.

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It’s Party Time! Join Us For One Of Our Party Cruises

The best time on the ocean in Santa Barbara is a musical party cruise or holiday event aboard the Condor Express. Relax and enjoy the grandeur of Santa Barbara while cruising along the scenic coastline. The view from the ocean is spectacular. All aboard!



December 8, 2019

Sunset Reggae Cruise Sold Out
 

No Need To Pack Lunch

Offering Breakfast, Lunch, Beverages, & Full Bar
Condor, our on board galley (kitchen) offers hot or cold breakfasts, a variety of lunch selections and a full bar. Our galley staff aims to please, so don’t bother packing a lunch, we have it covered!
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Your Own Personal Adventure

The Condor Express is Available For Private Charter

Create a Personal Whale Watching Excursion, Channel Island Kayaking Trip, Private Dinner Party or Corporate Event. The Condor Express is available for private charter.

Download our handy guide to creating a special and very memorable experience for your group or business.

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Welcome to
Condor Express
Whale Watching

Best Whale Watching Santa Barbara
Whale Watch Guarantee

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

All aboard the Condor Express! Our experienced captains know just where to go to view extraordinary sea life in their natural habitat. Whales, dolphins, seals, a variety of birds, and other marine animals are always around for viewing. Our exceptional crew are ready and able to provide for you an amazing whale watching experience.

There is no better way to see marine wildlife in Southern California than to see it on the ocean in our spectacular boat! The eco-friendly Condor Express gives you a unique opportunity to see Southern California marine wildlife from a completely different angle. Since 1973 the Condor and more recently the Condor Express has been a part of the Santa Barbara waterfront cruising the Santa Barbara Channel.

We offer:
  • Whale Watching
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Dinner Cruise Charters
  • Specialty Cruises
  • Wedding Parties
  • Private Corporate Charters

We offer a rare opportunity to have an experience you will never forget.

The 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 is specially designed to allow ocean mammals to get close to the boat without endangering them with a spinning propeller. Because of it’s design and speed, we get to the wildlife quickly, sit quietly, and allow whales and other sea life to get as close to the boat as they like.

Our low emissions, 740 horsepower engines (4 in all) gives us the power to cruise at 28 knots. Our specially crafted hull allows a nice stable ride and cuts through the waves with ease.

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Take A Ride

Get to the Channel Islands up to 3 times faster than you can on other charter boats and see the wonderful marine wildlife in their natural habitat on the Condor Express. Let our experienced crew help you have the experience of a lifetime.

The Condor Express is a nicely appointed vessel that offers plenty of elbow room for all our guests. The beautiful teak cabin has room for 68 seated guests for dinner. The ample sun deck and raised bow provide great viewing stations for getting up close and personal with marine life. We are US Coast Guard certified to carry up to 127 passengers.

We offer a unique combination of safety, speed and an exceptional experienced crew. Contact us to learn more about excursions!

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People Love The Condor Express

Check Out These Reviews

Donna S.
Donna S.
07:56 12 Mar 20
Our whale watching cruise on the Condor Express was an excellent experience. We took the 2.5 hour cruise and saw 7 gray whales, 1 humpback whale, and lots...
Beatri Caldwell
Beatri Caldwell
12:04 10 Feb 20
Blue whale watching was great! 2-1/2 to 3 hour whale watching excursion off Redondo Beach. $20 with Senior Discount can't be beat! We followed two blue whales and saw hundreds of common dolphins. Tour commentator gave lots of interesting whale facts. It was a wonderful afternoon out on the water!
Howard A.
Howard A.
19:47 31 Jan 20
If you want to explore a truly exceptional marine mammal experience this is the tour for you. The boat is fast, sea animal friendly with no propellers and...
Trystan Upstill
Trystan Upstill
19:36 21 Jan 20
Great trip, knowledgeable staff, and well stocked tasty food options
Melissa Allen
Melissa Allen
03:21 17 Jan 20
Two years ago, on Valentine’s Day, my husband and I had one of the most powerful experiences in our many years of wildlife watching - an encounter with a pod of 1,000 common dolphins while on a trip with Condor Express. We’re coming back this Valentine’s Day hoping for similar luck. But whatever we see, we know we will enjoy going out on Condor Express. The boat is comfortable and beautifully designed for whale watching, and the crew is the best—professional, knowledgeable and respectful of both wildlife and passengers.
Judy M.
Judy M.
18:39 06 Dec 19
We went in August. The staff were friendly, accommodating, helpful. It was very cold! My light jacket was insufficient so I huddled with my friends. We were escorted by pods of dolphins, which was thrilling. We did see a whale or two, slight humps in the water.
Michelle Atkinson
Michelle Atkinson
02:47 02 Nov 19
Amazingly friendly staff. The whole experience was wonderful.
Barbara Kay
Barbara Kay
23:32 17 Oct 19
Seeing blue and humpback whales--as well as hundreds of dolphins surfing in the Condor boat's wake--was one of the highlights of my life.
Toni R. Bailey
Toni R. Bailey
18:14 13 Oct 19
Great place to see whales! And DOLPHINS!

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Whale Watching California, Santa Barbara

Boat Phototour®

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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

Knoweldgeable and Well-trained

Dave

Captain
Colton

Colton

Captain
Devin

Devin

Deckhand
Tasha

Kelly

Crew
Jill

Adam

Crew
Jill

Austin

Crew
Bob

Bob

Crew
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.
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