Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour

Water Sports in USA

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An evening of paddling and watching the night sky. This twilight kayak trip is a great way to end a full day, and offers spectacular views of the city and beaches from a unique perspective on the water! While the sky’s transition from day to night is reflected on the water, our guides offer astronomy myths, pointing out constellations and visible planets.
Guests meet their guides before sunset for a comprehensive kayaking lesson, and they outfit everyone in paddle jackets and PFDs. Guides will give a basic paddling demonstration and safety talk before setting out on the water. Then we head out to sea in single or double kayaks where we watch the colors change and stars appear. This is a great introductory lesson to kayaking or a nice relaxing kayak for more experienced paddlers! Once on the water, guests will paddle approximately 1-2 miles along the coast surrounded by beautiful beaches and marine life. Enjoy the relaxed pace and panoramic views of the American Riviera from the water. The group will paddle through the harbor, past boats,the historic Santa Barbara Yacht Club, the Santa Barbara Maritime Musuem, around the Santa Barbara Sea Center and underneath Stearn's Wharf, out to buoys, and along the beach. There is an abundance of wildlife along the way - such as harbor seals, sea lions, brown pelicans, sea stars, cormorants, and of course sea gulls. Discussions of natural history and marine ecology, astronomy and current hot spots will be offered throughout the tour. For groups, guides can facilitate initiatives, games and more in depth paddle challenges for a fun and engaging way to bring your group together!

What’s included

  • All associated kayaking gear (wet suit, PFD, helmet, paddle, etc.)
  • Knowledgeable guide and discussion of natural history/marine ecology
  • Spectacular views of Santa Barbara

What’s not included

  • Personal expenses
  • Parking is $2.00 per hour, maximum $12.00 per car. 
  • Gratuity for your guide(s) - While optional it is very much appreciated and to be given at your discretion in return for their leadership, expertise, and professionalism.You can tip the guide in cash or via credit card at the end of your tour as you feel appropriate.


  • Family friendly
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Great overview and orientation of the city