Early Spring Whale Watching Trips – 3 Per Day

Scott MolesworthCondor Express, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching, whale watching california, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

early spring whale watching
Breach by a Gray Whale.

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 … 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

El Niño and Whales

Bob Perryamazing ocean, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale migration, humpback whale watching, Santa Barbara Channel

  Regular readers of our sightings reports may be wondering why there has been a lack of posts so far in 2016.  The new year has begun with a series of long-awaited El Niño related storms.   Each of these storms has generated very large ocean swells and strong winds.   Not exactly ideal wildlife watching conditions.  So it is that the … Read More

Springtime (and little cetacean calves) is in the air

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, elegant tern, gray whale migration, gray whale mother and calf, Santa Barbara Channel, Sea birds, sea lion

2015 05-08 SB Coast Captain Dave commanded two excursions into the coastal waters of Santa Barbara today, 9 am and 12 noon.   Unlike yesterday, the wind had died down and the swells subsided. It was partly cloudy with little sunny patches, but cool out on the water. All this spelled excellent conditions for Spring whale watching. And Spring was very … Read More

Whales and Wind and Dolphins too

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale migration, gray whale mother and calf, Santa Barbara

2015 05-07 SB Coast A moderate breeze tore through the coastal zone today as the edge of a very late winter storm (that will probably produce a lot more wind than rain) began to show itself. Wind waves were 4 feet or so from the west, but this did not deter our crafty and multitalented Captain Dave from gingerly heading … Read More

A Fresh Breeze Deters Neither Gray Whales, Dolphins or the Condor Express

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale migration, gray whale mother and calf, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel

  2015 05-06 SB Coast Captain Dave ran one trip on the Condor Express today, departing scenic Santa Barbara at 12 noon to search for wildlife in the abundant waters of the Santa Barbara Channel. Dave’s “eyes and ears” man, deckhand Augie, quickly spotted a small yet active pod of about 100 long-beaked common dolphins about a half mile east … Read More

Friendly and Active Gray Whales plus Dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale migration, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel

2015 03-29 SB Coast Captain Dave and the crew of the Condor Express ran two trips today, 9am and 12 noon. Although the morning trip had some light fog at the beginning, it cleared out fast and the rest of the day was fantastic. Great #whale and #dolphin sightings were had on both excursions. The morning adventure featured 3 northbound … Read More

Waves of Gray Whales Pulse along the Coast

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale, gray whale migration, Santa Barbara Channel

It is fascinating to me how the gray whale migration along the Santa Barbara Coast comes in waves. Take today for example.   Captain Eric ran two trips, 12 noon and 3pm, each 2½ hours long. They were both excellent trips with wonderful sightings, and a total of 14 gray whales plus 300 or so long-beaked common dolphins were observed. On … Read More

Abundant Gray Whales & Dolphins

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, gray whale migration, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, sea lion

  We ran a single 2½ whale watch trip and Captain Eric left the docks at 12 noon for the rich and fertile whale grounds of the Santa Barbara Channel. With the eagle-eyed deckhand Augie manning the binoculars, it was not far outside Santa Barbara Harbor that we encountered the first 2 northbound gray whales of what would be a … Read More

28 Gray Whales and More…

Bob Perrybottlenose dophins, common dolphins, gray whale migration, gray whales, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching california

Although there was a slight haze layer in the sky today, the sea conditions continued to be amazing.   Like yesterday, it was flat, mirror-glass on the surface all day long.  This provided a spectacular backdrop for watching 28 northbound migrating gray whales.  Great looks and mellow seas…what a nice treat! On the 9am adventure we watched 10 gray #whales as … Read More