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Classic Adventures on the Central Coast

Since 1998, Santa Barbara Adventure Company has been the premier adventure travel outfitter on the central coast while serving thousands of guests every year. We’re committed to creating unforgettable adventures of the highest quality, focusing on the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and coastal waters. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides offer exceptional service and share with you a side of the Santa Barbara area few visitors ever get to experience. Try us for mountain biking Southern california, kayaking Santa Barbara, Southern California mountain biking, surfing lessons in Santa Barbara, and more!

Santa Barbara Adventure Company is the premier adventure travel outfitter on the Central Coast. Our guides create thousands of unforgettable travel adventures every year. Come join us!

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Come to Santa Barbara! Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains and also known as the “American Riviera,” Santa Barbara is the perfect location for a weekend getaway. Santa Barbara boasts a rich Spanish heritage, beautiful vistas, a cozy downtown, an historic pier, and the Queen of the Missions. Our south-facing mountain range creates a Mediterranean-like climate with 300 days of sunshine each year, protected waters and pristine marine environment.

Outdoor adventures are limitless in the Santa Barbara area. The Santa Ynez mountains are home to numerous bike trails and rock climbing sites that allow you to explore the backcountry and all its inhabitants, and our local wine country boasts some of the state’s finest wineries. Meanwhile the Gaviota Coast is perfect for water adventures like coastal kayaking and surfing lessons. Or you can see all this from a higher perspective when you learn to paraglide. The sky is literally the limit at Santa Barbara Adventure Company.

What sets us apart? We offer more than just the activity. We are not in business to sell outdoor equipment, and we pride ourselves on being a full-service outfitter. We provide everything you’ll need to comfortably enjoy your day, including an excellent lunch in a beautiful setting. We are a group of skilled guides who have a deep love for the area, offering insight to our guests about the marine environment and local plants and wildlife.

Interesting Natural and Human History are elements of every Santa Barbara Adventure Company experience. Our guides are well versed in local knowledge, from marine ecology and edible plants to Chumash culture and our Spanish Colonial heritage. Whether you’re biking through wine country, kayaking among dolphins and curious sea lions, or hiking in to our climbing site, you’ll find our adventures are as informative as they are fun.

Trips Offered by Adventure Company of Santa Barbara
Channel Islands National Park Kayaking Tours
Sea Cave Kayaking
Sea Cave Kayak ~ Scorpion Anchorage, Santa Cruz Island
Starting point and time: Ventura Harbor, 8am-5pm. Actual start times may vary.
Destination: Scorpion Anchorage, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park
Level of difficulty:  Beginner through advanced welcome. Children under 12 must ride in double kayak with a parent.
Cost:  $175 adult in double kayak, $190 adult in a single kayak, $150 child under 12 years old. All prices are per person.
Paddling time and distance: 2.5 miles, 3 hours of island kayaking.
Highlights: Whale watching on the boat ride, incredible Channel Islands kayaking, Channel Islands National Park visitors center, hiking, camping options, amazing island experience.
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If this is your first time kayaking Channel Islands National Park, then this is where you want to go. No other area of the park offers as many sea cave kayaking opportunities. Some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world can be found at Scorpion Anchorage.
This beloved California destination is renowned for incredible island kayaking, native wildlife, fantastic snorkeling and hiking opportunities. With our knowledgeable guides and the Channel Islands National Park Visitors Center, limitless discovery awaits. This area of California’s Channel Islands National Park was featured on Huell Howser’s television show California Gold.
Trip includes: Authorized concessionaire boat transportation, double kayak, Channel Islands kayaking gear (wetsuits, paddle jackets and helmets), knowledgeable guides, kayaking lesson, natural history and marine ecology. Single kayaks are provided at an additional charge of $15 per kayak.
Santa Barbara Adventure Company is an authorized kayak guide and outfitting service concessionaire for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage and all other areas of the park.
Other Adventures
Coastal Kayaking in Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Coast offers incredible kayaking opportunities.
All of our one-day coastal trips cover comprehensive paddling instruction, include an excellent lunch served on a secluded beach, and showcase the Santa Barbara area from a unique perspective. Our knowledgeable guides point out marine ecology and natural history along the way, often spotting dolphins, sea lions, marine birds and whales during their migration. The scenery is remarkable and renders the day unforgettable.
Santa Ynez Wine Tasting Tours
Join us in touring local favorites in the Santa Ynez Wine Country.
We’ll take care of all the details while you enjoy the heart of the Santa Ynez  wine country, home to several very popular California vintners. This tour is a  great opportunity to sample and learn about the region’s best wines.
Local winery staff takes us for a barrel room tour and tastings before we head  out to the next stop. Your guides will cover local human history and insight  into wine region along the way.
Surf Lessons in Santa Barbara
Come join us for an exciting day on the water and learn to surf!
The Santa Barbara coastline offers several safe and fun locations for  introductory surfing lessons in Santa Barbara. Our surfing trips are a great foundation to this  exciting sport, focusing on the fundamentals reading water, paddling, etiquette, catching waves and riding. Our knowledgeable instructors have over 25 years’  combined experience. The trip will include 2 sessions with a break for lunch on  the beach.
Stand Up Paddle Lesson
Join us for a Stand Up Paddle Lesson today!
Santa Barbara Adventure Company’s Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Tour is a great introduction to this exciting sport! Stand Up Paddling is gaining in popularity as a great way to be on the water without actually being in the water. The paddle is fun and the spectacular views of Santa Barbara are from a unique perspective- on the water!

Mountain Biking in Southern California – Bike Tours
Santa Barbara offers unsurpassed options for mountain bikers of all skill levels.
A variety of trails start high above the coastline and provide an opportunity for a perfect all downhill ride. Another option includes riding back roads through town while seeing all the sights or a full day loop that includes both up- and downhill riding in southern California.
Whatever you choose, the view overlooking the Santa Barbara coastline will provide the perfect backdrop for your ride. Seasonal conditions are great for biking all year round.
Rock Climbing
Santa Barbara’s coastal mountains offer great opportunities for rock climbing.
The beautiful settings of local climbing sites provide participants with a safe and fun way to learn about this exciting sport. Our climbing guides are professional and friendly. All guides are AMGA certified (American Mountain Guide Association) with extensive experience in the field. Your Santa Barbara Adventure Company climbing guide will take care of all the details of your trip and offer complete instruction for all levels of climbers.
Horseback Riding
Relax and take in the scenery while riding on the Gaviota Coast.
Just north of town, in Santa Barbara’s Santa Ynez Mountains, horseback trails wind through canyons and along rugged ridge tops, crossing fields of sage and coastal oaks with sweeping views of the scenic Gaviota Coastline.
You can relax and take in the scenery while your guide and new four-footed friend show you the beauty this part of Santa Barbara has to offer.
High Ropes
The High Ropes Course is perfect for teambuilding groups whose goal is having fun!
The High Ropes Course consists of a series of low risk group initiatives focusing on the development of communication methods and problem solving techniques congruent with skills required in the real world and work environments. Through active experimentation, reflection, and application of skills, participants explore the complex and transformative meanings of trust, cooperation, and thinking outside the box, all of which culminate as a unique team building experience.
Join us and LEARN TO FLY!
Our award winning paragliding school specializes in teaching the fundamentals for the beginning pilot. In this sport you get to have fun right away–no prior flying experience is necessary. Our unique training hill overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.
Safety is our number one concern. You will fly on state-of-the-art training equipment, and lessons are taught by USHGA certified instructors, who focus on developing paragliding fundamentals.
Take a self guided tour of Santa Barbara’s beautiful coastline with our kayak rentals!
Located right on the beach, we can get you fitted with any combination of kayaks you need. We have all the equipment you will need to go today! Come and join us for a quick paddle or an all day adventure. We are located on East Beach in front of the Cabrillo Pavillion Bathhouse (1118 Cabrillo Blvd) and across the street from the Mar Monte Hotel.
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Day Hikes
Explore the local countryside with your own expert guide!
Head up to the local trails of the Santa Ynez Range, where we’ll focus our hike on the natural and human histories of the region. Our knowledgeable guides will offer discussions on native plants and animals, local geology and Chumash culture. Discover the finer points of the Chaparral plant community, sample edible plants, and learn about wild flowers and sage. We’ll stop for beautiful views and lunch by a quiet creek. This day’s walk is popular with all levels of nature enthusiasts.

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Santa Barbara Adventure Company (805) 884-WAVE or toll free (877) 885-WAVE.

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