Gray whale tail flukes.

A single gray whale

2018 02-22 SB Coast – Sightings for the day were limited to one gray whale. It started out breezy as we left the harbor at noon, and then the wind picked up. We intercepted a single gray whale in the Hope Ranch area and followed it up towards Campus Point. After a good sighting, Captain Dave turned the Condor Express …

Northbound gray whale

Two gray whales

2018 02-21 SB Coast – It was breezy again today in the Santa Barbara Channel. There was not much swell and Crystal clear skies. Total sightings for the day included two gray whales. We left Santa Barbara Harbor at 9 AM. By 9:15AM I got lucky and had spotted the first of the two whales off Hendry’s Beach. We followed this …

A line-up of common dolphins

First coastal gray whale watch

2018 02-20 SB Channel – It was our first coastal gray whale watch of the season and great late afternoon trip.  )ne gray whale and over 1000 long-beaked common  dolphins were closely watched. It was a bit breezy, but clear as a bell.  You could see all four islands, Point Conception and Bony Ridge too. We left the harbor at …

early spring whale watching
Breach by a Gray Whale.

Early Spring Whale Watching Trips – 3 Per Day

It’s mid February in Santa Barbara and with it come the gray whales. Which means it’s also time for us to start our, three times a day coastal, early Spring whale watching trips! Whether you are an early riser or more of an afternoon person, we have what you are looking for. Starting at 9am, noon or 3pm, we guarantee …

Orca CA49b photographed by our friend Angelo Senna

Orca encounter, and more!

2018 02-17 SB Channel – An amazing day with 5 fin whales, 3 humpback whales, 1200 long-beaked common dolphins and 1 orca closely watched.  Captain Dave and his crew report ideal conditions once again in the Santa Barbara Channel as the Condor Express traversed the Channel to Santa Cruz Island and back again in search of wildlife. Just outside the …

A gray whale in clear water.

Seven fins, two grays and some porpoises.

2018 02-16 SB Channel – Captain Dave and his crew once again found excellent sea and weather conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel as the Condor Express located and closely watched the following:  7 fin whales, 2 gray whales and 4 Dall’s porpoises. The trip started by heading west and finding a single gray whale in the Channel outside UCSB.  …

Long-beaked common dolphin.

Four different species of cetaceans.

2018 02-14 SB Channel -Captain Dave and his crew ran a wonderful “Valentine’s Day” excursion full of wildlife.  Conditions in the Santa Barbara Channel were spectacular with sunny skies, calm seas and clear blue water.  Dave reported closely watching the following:  12 inshore bottlenose dolphins, 4 fin whales, 2 gray whales and at least 1,000 long-beaked common dolphins. Four different …