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Come Santa Barbara Whale Watching
Aboard The Double Dolphin


Mid-February through Mid-May


Come Santa Barbara Whale Watching aboard the 50' Sailing Catamaran, the Double Dolphin. This is an amazing treat that you and your family will remember forever!

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Morning and afternoon trips leaving daily!

Santa Barbara Whale Watching
The Santa Barbara Channel is home to an incredible assortment of marine mammals, including over 30 different species of whales and dolphins. The most common whales sighted on our whale watching adventures are the majestic Pacific Grey Whales, but sometimes we also see the enormous Blue Whales, which can reach up to 100 feet in length and are the largest animals on the planet! On most of our whale watching trips we also see Common, Risso's and Bottlenose Dolphins, California Sea Lions, Harbor Seals, and lots of other marine life. Occasionally, we are even lucky enough to spot Orcas, Humpback, Minke, and Pilot Whales.
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Santa Barbara Whale Watching - Gray Whale Pacific Gray Whales
This year an estimated 28 thousand Pacific Gray Whales will journey through the channel on their migration between Alaska and Baja California. On their way south, they pass along the Channel Islands, about 25 miles off our coast. Beginning in mid February, as they make their way north again, the mothers and calves stay close to the Santa Barbara coastline, coming within a few hundred yards from shore. Join us for an experience of a lifetime as we journey alongside these magnificent animals on a 2 and 1/2 hour whale watching excursion mid February through mid May. Click Here to Book Your Trip
Blue and Humpback Whales
From July through September the Blue and Humpback Whales visit the area to feed on the krill produced in the Santa Barbara Channel. In recent years the largest concentration of Blue Whales in the world has been in our channel in addition to large numbers of Humpback Whales, which are usually seen off the coast of Hawaii.
Santa Barbara Whale Tail


All prices are subject to a 12% Waterfront City Tax

  • Adults - $33.00
  • Children 12 and under - $15.00 (Children 2 years and younger are free, but most book over the phone or in person)
  • College Students under 25 with a valid college ID - $11.00 (Must book over phone or in person to get this special rate)

Private Charters Available too!
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Whether you live in Santa Barbara or you're just here visiting on vacation, you owe it to yourself and your family to come whale watching aboard the Double Dolphin. This is a treat we're sure you'll remember forever. Also, remember, we almost always see dolphins, sea lions and other fantastic marine life too.

You'll also see sea lions, dolphins and other marine life on your whale watching trip.

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SBSC's Public Excursion Policies & Recommendations:

100% non-refundable payment is due at the time of booking.

All prices are subject to a 12% Waterfront City Tax


We accept Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover, Checks and Cash.


Cancellation Policy:
Double Dolphin public cruises may be cancelled due to inclement weather, or unforeseen circumstances.

All cancellations are up to the discretion of the onsite manager.


  • Dress in layers as it tends to be cooler on the water.
  • Wear comfortable, non-marking soled shoes.
  • Camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, and binoculars if you have them (especially for whale watching).
  • Motion sickness medication should be taken according to manufacturer's direction.


Santa Barbara Sailing Center - At the Santa Barbara Harbor, Next to the Launch Ramp (805)962-2826

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