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Condor Express Whale Watching

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“humpback whales”(34 reviews)
“blue whale”(24 reviews)
“common dolphins”(18 reviews)
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301 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3886
+1 805-882-0088
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 August 2009

The whale watching trip itself is marvelous - we went at the end of July and saw lots of dolphins, sea lions, a mother blue whale and her calf, and several humpbacks. The captain and the naturalists on board are very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful....More

4  Thank vabeachlady
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

We planned our whole anniversary trip to the Santa Barbara area around doing a whale watching tour on the Condor Express. We made reservations a month in advance. We called the week before our trip to confirm our reservations. When we showed up an hour...More

11  Thank Dolphinluv15
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All reviews humpback whales blue whale common dolphins sea sickness knowledgeable crew hour trip swimming alongside the boat feeding frenzy bottle nosed dolphins great trip captain dave sea life channel islands comfortable ride the galley well worth the cost an amazing experience
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying in LA and took an easy trip to Santa Barbara to do some whale watching. Everything was great, saw a lot of whales and dolphins. Boat was fine, staff was friendly and had no issue with sea sickness. My only minor suggestion...More

Thank BEH2965
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a beautiful day on the water with the COndor express. There were volunteers who spoke about whales before we left which was a nice addition. Then we stopped to "play" with common dolphins twice on the way out and once on the way...More

Thank HooplaDayton
Reviewed 13 October 2018 via mobile

You see a great deal of flipper, or should i say common dolphins. Lithe and beautiful they will jump and swim alongside for most of the trip as well you may see whales we saw several so make sure you take a proper camera do...More

Thank savethesharks999
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

the entire trip was very enjoyable. the boat was comfortable and had a nice place inside to grab a bite to eat and grab a drink. outside I loved watching the dolphins and sea lions. Thankfully we saw 4 whales throughout the day. this was...More

Thank 646Val
Reviewed 25 September 2018

I highly recommend Condor Express. Having said that, I must say that our family of six with children ages 15, 11, 9 and 7, had a wonderful time...for the most part. I want to recommend that you stay out of the cabin and remain with...More

1  Thank JocP
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

Really didn’t know what to expect when we booked this trip but it did not disappoint. The staff and volunteers on the boat were very friendly. We saw thousands of dolphins that swam right up to the boat. I didn’t expect anything like it!! The...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

Wow! This was a fabulous experience and one my family and I will cherish the memories of for a long time. We saw three different groups of humpback whales - one including a baby whale and it’s mother which was lovely to see. We also...More

Thank Arcticsplash
Reviewed 24 August 2018

We went with family with two kids. Season was good. weather was not so windy and temperature was ok.(you should check this before booking) Reached there in the morning by 10.30 am. Boarded the Condor express boat around 10.45 am. Tickets should be booked in...More

Thank gargis030502
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

We booked this trip hoping to maybe see a whale. OMG. All I can say is book this trip. It far exceeded our expectations It was absolutely amazing We saw dolphins, sea lions and hump back whales. Not 1 or 2 but plenty. This was...More

Thank dt191266
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Such an amazing experience! The crew and captain were very professional and knowledgeable. They talked about different types of whales and other sea life and told us how to identify them. They are extremely helpful and take every opportunity to show as much wildlife as...More

1  Thank lidiabol
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Betzabe M
24 July 2018|
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Response from Bob P | Reviewed this property |
Prices vary with season, length and distance of trips. Adults are $99 right now as they run out to distant corners of the offshore Channel Islands to see blue whales. Trips depart at 10am sharp and return sometime around... More
28 June 2018|
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Response from NaomiK479 | Reviewed this property |
I took my own water & I usually carry energy bars or something so bringing your own snacks should be ok, as long as you're not doing a full picnic on board. But the boat does have a small snack bar where you can order... More
13 May 2018|
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Response from Bob P | Reviewed this property |
Whale species vary but there are always whales around...all year. See website for details or view past photos at CondorExpressPhotos