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

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

3 Gray Whales and Excellent Cetacean Diversity

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, California Whale Watching, common dolphins, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale migration, gray whales, Risso dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Cruz Island, whale watching

3 Gray Whales and Excellent Cetacean Diversity Again the calm seas and excellent weather made whale finding and whale watching a dream come true.  Today the Condor Express located and watched three individual gray whales:  one mid-Channel, one on the west end of Santa Cruz Island, and the third a bit east of the famous Painted Cave. In addition to … 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

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

Two “Wrong Way Corrigan” Gray Whales and More.

Bob PerryCalifornia gray whale, California Whale Watching, channel islands, Condor Express, Dall's Porpoise, gray whale, gray whale migration, gray whale season, gray whales, Risso dolphins, Santa Barbara Channel, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching cruise

Two “Wrong Way Corrigan” Gray Whales and More You may have heard the story of Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan who, back in the day, was supposed to fly from New York to Long Beach, California. He landed in Ireland claiming heavy clouds and navigational errors. Well today we had two “Wrong Way Corrigan” gray whales. This is the time of … Read More

The same 2 humpback whales go wild again. Wow!

Bob PerryCalifornia Whale Watching, channel islands, dolphin, humpback whale, humpback whale watching, humpback whales, minke whale, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Channel, whale watching, whale watching trips

Humpback whales go wild again Two humpback whales “mugged” the Condor Express repeatedly today. Captain Eric ran to the eastern Santa Barbara Channel again due to reports of rough seas out at the islands. As he did yesterday, he found the white tailed mother and her juvenile busy lunge feeding on the surface. At one point the juvenile rolled over … Read More

Eastern grounds produce wild humpback whale antics.

Bob Perrycommon dolphins, humpback whale, Southern California whale watching, whale watching, whale watching trips

Humpback whale antics With very rough seas and high winds out a the Islands, Captain Eric steered a course for the eastern Santa Barbara Channel today in search of humpback whale and other marine mammals. He played with at least 2,000 common dolphins and then found one of the mother-calf pairs that we saw throughout the Fall season. Both mom … Read More