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

Saturday, August 16 – All Day ACS Trip

Bob PerryCondor Express, whale watching trips

  There are still some spots left for the American Cetacean Society August 16 All-Day Trip Out of Santa Barbara! 2014 ACS All-Day Whale Watch: Whale Watching with the Whale Experts! This is shaping up to be another fantastic year for whale watching off the California coast, with plenty of cetaceans and marine life being seen daily! Like other baleen whales, the blue … Read More

Eight whales, five porpoises

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Barbara Channel, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara, whale watching trips

Eight whales, five porpoises. A bit rocky out at the West End of Santa Cruz Island again today, so Captain Dave and the crew took a turn for calmer seas down east.  On crossing the Santa Barbara Channel, 5 Dall’s porpoises were watched speeding like warm blooded torpedoes all around the Condor Express.  Wow, are they ever fast ! Down … Read More

2 nice gray whales and a lot of dolphins

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, common dolphins, Condor Express, dolphin, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Cruz Island, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

gray whales

Gray whales and a lot of dolphins Not far out of Santa Barbara Harbor the Condor Express played with a group of at least 1,500 common dolphins.  As usual, these friendly cetaceans rode the bow, surfed the wake, and generally dazzled and delighted everyone on board.  Next we ran across the to world famous Painted Cave on Santa Cruz Island, … Read More

Many Mammal Species and a pair of Bald Eagles on Santa Cruz Island

Bob Perrybirding, channel islands, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Cruz Island, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

santa cruz island

  Mirror Glass, Many Mammal Species and a pair of Bald Eagles Today A tiny bit of haze but extremely glassy conditions again today on the Santa Barbara Channel as the Condor Express motored out for another adventure packed trip full of unexpected surprises. The first surprise of the day was a big pod of 15 or more elusive Dall’s … Read More

Calm seas result in gray whale mating.

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, California Whale Watching, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Santa Cruz Island, Southern California whale watching, Top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara, whale watching, whale watching cruise, whale watching trips

gray whale mating

Calm seas result in gray whales mating. The  trip across the Santa Barbara Channel was smooth as silk today and we were lucky today to see gray whale mating.  A few seabirds such as phalaropes and shearwaters were observed mostly resting on the surface.  Later a northern fulmar sitting on the glassy surface would approach the Condor Express as we … Read More

New Year Starts with 6 Killer Whales

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, Condor Express, orca, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, whale watching trips

killer whales

New Year Starts with 6 Killer Whales This is our third transient killer whale (Orcinus orca) encounter in a week.  What a week it has been.  Captain Dave and the crew found great sea conditions and bright sun in the Santa Barbara Channel, making spout finding easier. The adventure today began with a trip over to Santa Cruz Island where … Read More

An all time epic “killer” day in the Santa Barbara Channel

Bob PerryCalifornia, California gray whale, California Whale Watching, Condor Express, killer whale, orca, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching, whale watching trips

Killer day in the Santa Barbara Channel An all time epic or “killer” day in the Santa Barbara Channel As the Condor Express headed south out of Santa Barbara Harbor we were met with a mill pond flat glass sea surface, no wind and long sleeve tee shirt weather.  The water was clear and blue, and the above water vistas … Read More