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Condor Express Whale Watching

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301 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3886
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Guaranteed Whale Sighting

They mean it when they say you will see ocean life. It was the tail end of the season, but our... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
tigerlily
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Pocatello, ID
via mobile
We Hit the Jackpot!

My daughter took me on an overnite trip to Santa Barbara to commemorate Mother's Day & my Birthday... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Naomi K
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San Gabriel, California
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good13%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“humpback whales” (35 reviews)
“blue whale” (23 reviews)
“common dolphins” (16 reviews)
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301 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3886
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"humpback whales"
in 35 reviews
"blue whale"
in 23 reviews
"common dolphins"
in 16 reviews
"hour trip"
in 10 reviews
"knowledgeable crew"
in 4 reviews
"swimming alongside the boat"
in 3 reviews
"feeding frenzy"
in 5 reviews
"captain dave"
in 3 reviews
"marine life"
in 10 reviews
"channel islands"
in 17 reviews
"excellent trip"
in 5 reviews
"the galley"
in 3 reviews
"well worth the cost"
in 3 reviews
"highly recommend this trip"
in 3 reviews
"amazing experience"
in 4 reviews
"santa cruz island"
in 9 reviews
"hundreds"
in 26 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They mean it when they say you will see ocean life. It was the tail end of the season, but our captain stayed out until we saw a mama whale and her baby. However, the highlight for me were the dolphins playing all around us.

Thank tigerlily
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter took me on an overnite trip to Santa Barbara to commemorate Mother's Day & my Birthday. It was booked last minute & as a result we almost missed the boat, but the crew was kind enough to wait for us. We barely started...More

Thank Naomi K
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Reviewed 17 May 2018

Our whale watching trip will stay in our memories forever. What an experience. The boat was very comfortable and the crew and two volunteers were really knowledgeable. We saw hump back whales playing, dolphins, pelicans and the icing on the cake was seeing a blue...More

Thank Heather M
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

What a trip! We came across three different enormous dolphin pods. Our captain thought there were more than 1,000 dolphins. They were everywhere. This was a very special experience. We also saw three gray whales. The boat was very comfortable and the volunteers on board...More

Thank Doug N
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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

The tour was incredible and very interesting. The staff were very helpful and responsible. They talked to us about whales and it was very detailed and extremely fascinating! The boat was very clean and nice. They don’t use a radar to track whales, so the...More

1  Thank DebE_NYC
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Signed up for the 9:00 tour on a beautiful but chilly Saturday morning. Leaving the Santa Barbara Harbor, we first came upon 4 sea lions followed soon by several bottle nosed dolphins. Going out further, we came upon over 100 common dolphins feeding and playing....More

1  Thank 5Kenners
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

We’ve been coming to Santa Barbara for a long time! We love being on the water and having nature experiences! We’ve always been hesitant to spend the money on the Condor Express! It was worth every penny and more! Although we are fairly local ,...More

2  Thank HotelRuralOrotava
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

Captain Eric found 8 blue whales all in one spot and we just hung out while they surfaced all around the boat! Absolutely amazing, we also saw a humpback on the way back in. I go out on whale watching boats every weekend in Orange...More

Thank Mgirardeau
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

We had a nice blue sky day. Saw a lot (hundreds!!) of dolphins and quite a few single and pairs of humpback whales. The topside crew was very professional and friendly. There was a little chop/bump to the sea, but i think the captain did...More

Thank Dr-Ing-Dchen
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

I overheard someone in a coffee shop talking about people seeing whales in the Channel so I looked up and chose Condor Express - so happy I did! It was an amazing boat ride and we saw lots of dolphins, sea lions, and a juvenile...More

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Jenn A
13 May 2018|
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Response from HotelRuralOrotava | Reviewed this property |
I was shocked to know there are whales out all year!
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Tessa B
10 April 2018|
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Response from elizabengle | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are two 'heads' on the boat that were very clean.
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Gillian P
8 September 2017|
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Response from Todd W | Reviewed this property |
We went in August 2017 and during the trip we saw at least a dozen Humpback whales and a number of blue whales as well as countless dolphins, seals, and other creatures. There is never a guarantee as the animals have minds... More
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