The Best Whale Watching in Southern California

Year Round Whale Watching

Year Round Whale Watching
On The Condor Express!

whale tail fluke Welcome aboard the Condor Express. Located in Santa Barbara, the Condor Express and Condor Cruises have offered the best whale watching trips and ocean adventures in Southern California for over 25 years. The Santa Barbara Channel and Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary are premier whale watching areas and offer a spectacular variety of whales, marine mammals and pelagic birds. Annual whale migrations bring hundreds of whales through the Santa Barbara Channel and Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary within just minutes of Santa Barbara Harbor.

Condor Express Party Cruise Enjoy your whale watching experience aboard the Condor Express, one of the most advanced whale watching boats on the West Coast. Specially designed for stability and comfort, the Condor Express offers a scenic observation deck perfect for photography and cozy indoor seating along with a well stocked galley for drinks and snacks. Whale watching is one of the most fun things to do in Santa Barbara all year around.

The captain and crew have over 30 years experience in escorting visitors through the Santa Barbara Channel to experience the annual migration of some of the most amazing whales in the world. Experienced naturalists aboard the Condor Express are available to enhance your trip with information about whale migration, marine life, the Channel Islands, and more.

Humpback Whale Watching The Condor Express also offers the best charter boat trips including public party cruises, sunset cruises and dinner cruises, and private whale watching trips, wedding cruises, kayaking trips and Channel Islands pelagic birding trips. Catering and music can be arranged for private events. A full-service bar can be either hosted or no-host. Special wines and champagne are also available on request, complete with a wine steward. We can customize your trip to make it the very best charter boat experience in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Whale Watching

The Santa Barbara Channel is home to more than 30 species of whales, dolphins, seals, sea otters, sea birds and sea lions that visit throughout the year. It is one of the most consistent locations found anywhere to offer Blue Whale watching, Gray Whale watching, Humpback Whale watching and for Orca, aka Killer Whale watching. Santa Barbara whale watching trips are among the best whale watching trips in Southern California.

Humpback Whale Watching The “Wonders of Our National Parks” on the Discovery Channel highlighted the outstanding abundance of marine life in the Santa Barbara Channel and named it “One of the 10 Best Places in the World to View Wildlife.” The Channel Islands, on the migration path of the California Gray Whale, offer an opportunity to watch the whales on their way to Baja where, they give birth, and then again as they migrate north with their babies.

Humpback Whale Watching The height of the Southern California whale watching season is the annual California Gray Whale migration, from December through April. Ocean temperatures are warmer from May through November and feature more blue whales, finback whales and humpback whales, along with killer whales, huge pods of dolphins, seals, sea lions, sea otters and many other marine mammals.