Operations Temporarily Suspended
Due to the corona virus Condor Express Whale Watching Temporarily Halts Operations.
In response to the Santa Barbara City Council's emergency proclamation and the recent guidance from the California Department of Health, Condor Express Whale Watching is temporarily shutting down all operations including whale watching tours and charter boat excursions until further notice.
Our concern is for the health and safety of our community, our passengers, and our crew during this uncertain time. We will continue monitoring public health information and will reopen as soon as deemed safe to do so.
We are still accepting reservations for late spring and summer whale watching. Please know we will refund all reservations if the closure is longer than anticipated or if travel restrictions prevent anyone from being with us.
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 for for purchase for all our whale watching trips.
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
and Dolphin Watching
4.5 HOUR ISLAND WHALE WATCH
SOUTHBOUND GRAY WHALE MIGRATION
No Cruises Mondays or Tuesdays
Early Spring Coastal Cruise
Gray Whale, possible Humpback, and Dolphin Watching
2.5 HOUR COASTAL WHALE WATCH
NORTHBOUND GRAY WHALE MIGRATION
7 days a week
Spring / Summer Islands Cruise
Dolphin, Humpback, Blue, AND MINKE Whale Watching
4.5 HOUR ISLAND WHALE WATCHMay 11 to Oct 4
7 days a week
Fall Islands Cruise
Dolphin, Humpback, Blue, Gray, and minke Whale Watching
4.5 HOUR ISLAND WHALE WATCHOctober 5 to December 31
No Cruises Monday or Tuesday
(except Dec 31)
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!
No Need To Pack LunchOffering Breakfast, Lunch, Beverages, & Full Bar
Your Own Personal AdventureThe 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.
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 BoatSpecially 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.
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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