Blue whales, fin whales, offshore bottlenose and common dolphins

Bob Perryblue whales, common dolphins, Condor Express, Fred Benko, offshore bottlenose dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island

A tiny long-beaked common dolphin calf seen with its mother.

2018 07-09 SB Channel There is still a residual amount of heat in town as the tail end of a multi-day heat wave passes through.  Hot in town, but moderate and nice out in the Santa Barbara Channel where the following species were closely watched: 7+ blue whales, 2 fin whales, 75 offshore bottlenose dolphins, and 200 long-beaked common dolphins. … Read More

Annual Maintenance On The Condor Express

Scott MolesworthCalifornia gray whale, Condor, Condor Express, Fred Benko, gray whale migration, gray whales, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching california, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

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 … Read More

Original Condor Returns To Santa Barbara Harbor

Bob PerryCondor, Condor Express, Fred Benko, News

Condor Returns The Condor is back. Due to the recent wheelhouse fire last Saturday afternoon aboard the Condor Express, the “original” Condor, a 90-ft all steel sport fishing boat based in San Diego, is returning this weekend to Sea Landing for a few months to run local whale watching trips. Captain Fred Benko (1938 – 2013) built the original Condor … Read More

Memorial Celebration of Captain Fred Benko’s Life

Bob PerryFred Benko

Colleagues, There will be a celebration of life memorial service to honor our recently departed Captain Fred Benko of the Condor Express, at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum on Friday, March 15, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is located at the Santa Barbara Harbor, 113 Harbor Way, Suite 190 | Santa Barbara | CA 93109 … Read More

RIP Captain Fred Benko

Bob PerryFred Benko, Uncategorized

Captain Fred Friends, It is with great sadness that the crew of the Condor Express passes along the news that Captain Fred Benko died peacefully in his sleep early this morning. His wife Hiroko was at his side. Fred was the founder, owner and operator of the Condor Express, and was a pioneer in the realm of local sportfishing and … Read More