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JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL

ALL-DAY WHALE WATCH TRIP

Join us on Saturday, September 26th as we explore the bountiful Santa Barbara channel in search of marine life of all sorts. Multiple species of both baleen and toothed whales frequent the channel this time of year. Blue, humpback, fin, and minke whales show us the great diversity found in the rorqual family. Oceanic dolphins like bottlenose, Risso's, and common dolphin are frequent visitors on our tours. Even their larger orca cousins can be seen this time of year! (Although still exceedingly rare) - this rounds out our target species for this special trip. We have no particular destination in mind. We will go wherever the marine life takes us!

This trip departs at 8 am sharp. Please show up 30 minutes early to allow time to check in, board the boat, and grab some breakfast at our on board Condor Cafe. Keep in mind we plan on returning around 4 pm, but these longer trips may be extended if something extra special is found.

After the success and happiness expressed by our passengers on our last 8 hour trip, we couldn't help but put another one in the books! Reserve your spot today.

When: Saturday, September 26, 2020, departs at 8am, returns approximately 4pm.
Departure: Sea Landing dock at the Santa Barbara Harbor.
Cost: $199 all passengers.
Reservations: Call 805-882-0088 or 1-888-779-4253 or online using the Book Now button.

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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.

Broadway Musical Cruise

Join Us For A Smooth Saturday Evening Cruise

Come aboard and enjoy the best of Broadway on a smooth Saturday evening cruise aboard the Condor Express. Our on deck performers Deborah Bertling and Zach Mendez will be performing duets and solos while accompanied by pianist Renee Hamaty. Broadway musical selections may include the best of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, Chess, Carousel and many more! This classic cruise includes complimentary appetizers, with a no host bar - don’t miss it!

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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 
Coastal Cruise

Dolphin, Humpback, Blue, AND MINKE Whale Watching

2.5 HOUR ISLAND WHALE WATCH

May 11 to June 18 
7 days a week
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Summer
Islands Cruise

Dolphin, Humpback, Blue, AND MINKE Whale Watching

4.5 HOUR ISLAND WHALE WATCH

June 19 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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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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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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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

Anissa Bara
Anissa Bara
19:56 16 Sep 20
What a great experience! One of my dreams has been realized thanks to Condor Express, I've always wanted to see whales. And we had the chance to see 4 of them! Two amazing and majestic Blue whales and two Fin whales (a mother and her calf). On our way to the Channel Islands, we also saw hundreds of dolphins and some Californian sea lions. The crew was very nice and professional, very informative and instructive. It was worth every penny.
Ken A Ketterman
Ken A Ketterman
01:55 09 Sep 20
Had such an amazing day whale watching off of the Santa Cruz Island. There were thousands of Dolphins, six Blue Whales (endangered), and one Minke Whale that was in a playful mood which is quite opposite of their natural reclusive lifestyle.
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We want to thank @condorexpresssb for their exceptional service and desire to give us a day we will never forget. The three hour tour ended up being about 5 hours which shows their commitment to their guests.
Carol Marsch
Carol Marsch
05:37 07 Sep 20
Incredibly clean boat, fabulous staff very knowledgeable..Saw lots of whales, Blue & Humbacks..Hundreds of Dolphins swam by the boat..Magical Day...
Jim Dennis
Jim Dennis
08:56 05 Sep 20
The crew is amazing and they really know what they're doing. 8-12 Blue whales today
Nicole Black
Nicole Black
03:16 30 Aug 20
Hands down the number attraction out of Santa Barbara Harbor. Knowledgeable and courteous staff who go out of their way to ensure a wonderful experience that you will remember forever.
Joyce Crosby Barger
Joyce Crosby Barger
02:01 24 Aug 20
Great trip. 5 blue whales and hundreds of common dolphins.
Dan N.
Dan N.
13:26 23 Aug 20
Right now, the boat is running at 50% capacity, but we were out a week ago and had a full (50%) boat. Arrived at 9 in the marina to make sure we had good...
Nancy Adams Vidoni
Nancy Adams Vidoni
01:27 21 Aug 20
Knowledgeable friendly staff on a beautiful day :)). Saw whales and dolphins a plenty ..
amazing !! Solidified my love and awe of the ocean ... 😌
Elizabeth Gonzalez
Elizabeth Gonzalez
19:10 07 Aug 20
I have a great experience at condor express. We saw 3 blue whales and a lot of dolphins. If you're having doubts because the price, I can assure you that its worth it.

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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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