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    The Nautilus

    Climb aboard the USS Nautilus and follow Captain Nemo, 20,000 leagues down, to uncover the mysteries of the sea. Ok, full disclosure-- it will be more like six feet down, and your captain’s name isn’t Nemo -- but this is still an epic adventure. Take a unique glance at the aquatic fauna and flora as you sail through the Catalina Marine Preserve on semi-submersible submarine, The USS Nautilus. You can take a tour during the day or experience the nightlife in the ocean with an evening tour. Your vessel is equipped with a feeding system so that you'll be sure to see some action. Want to get closer to the fray? For a nominal fee you can be in charge of firing the food cannons!
    The Nautilus

    Green Pier, Avalon

    • Experience the seas of Catalina from a different angle in the semi-submersible the USS Nautilus
    • Join the captain and his crew on an exploratory mission that is both educational and entertaining
    • Take control of the vessel’s fish feeding system
    • Adventure beneath the waves and discover fish like you have never seen them before
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    Sea Cave Kayak Tour - Double Kayak

    Not one for half-measures when it comes to outdoor fun? You and the Santa Barbara Adventure Company have that in common, because when it comes to thrills, this day-long romp doesn't hold back! You'll set out by boat early in the morning from Ventura Harbor, heading for Channel Islands National Park. On the way, you'll enjoy spectacular views, and perhaps even spot some whales, all the while whetting your appetite for the adventure to come. Once arrived at the park, you'll set out with your guide on a three-hour sea kayaking adventure, during which you'll explore the surreal coastline of the islands, spot a variety of wildlife, and even explore some of the park’s renowned sea caves. No experience with kayaking? No worries! Your guide will provide instruction as you go, making this the perfect opportunity to embrace one of the world’s foremost watersports! And once the kayaking is done, you'll have free time to explore the waters further with provided snorkeling gear, or dry off with a trail hike before returning to Ventura by boat. Yes, this is adventure done right!
    Sea Cave Kayak Tour - Double Kayak

    32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara

    • Explore the Channel Islands and their sea caves during three hours of sea kayaking
    • Spot whales and enjoy the scenery during a round-trip boat ride from Ventura Harbor to the park
    • Enjoy free time during which you can grab lunch hike, or spend some time snorkeling
    • Escape for a full day of adventure exploring one of California’s most beautiful coastal parks
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    Big Bear Lake Boat Tour

    Ready for some quiet, eco-friendly fun? During this narrated lake tour, you'll enjoy an intimate, limited-passenger exploration. Tours take place aboard whisper-quiet electric vessels, meaning no fumes or loud engine noises to disturb you or the environment. Along the way, your captain will regale you with stories about Big Bear’s history, plus his or her own unique experiences, and take you to some of the best vantage points for scenic photographs. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see some of the area’s wildlife hanging out at the edge of the lake. But no matter what, you’re in for a grand old time.
    Big Bear Lake Boat Tour

    39369 N Shore Dr, Fawnskin

    • Explore Big Bear Lake aboard a small electric touring boat perfect for sightseeing
    • Learn about the history of the area as you go, courtesy of a knowledgeable captain/guide
    • Enjoy an intimate experience on a quiet, eco-friendly boat
    • Observe the lake’s pristine natural surroundings during your open jaunt on the water
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    Newport Beach Whale Watching

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    Sail along the clear waters of scenic Newport Beach as you set out on a whale-watching adventure you'll never forget. See the migration of the blue whales as they swim alongside your boat and showcase their majestic wonder. Marvel at the sheer size and speed of these stunning creatures as they make their way through the waters, travelling up to 30 mph. You'll also witness other sea creature as you travel, as long as you keep your eyes peeled. Your guide will share interesting facts and answer your questions as you take photos and learn all about this stunning annual migration.
    Newport Beach Whale Watching

    309 Palm St, Newport Beach

    • Observe the incredible annual migration of the Blue Whale
    • Enjoy the stunning scenery of Newport Beach
    • Learn funs facts about the whales you see along the way
    • Experience the majestic beauty of the ocean’s creatures
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    Newport Bay Brunch Cruise

    Your days off were made for this. Enjoy a 1-hour brunch time cruise along the glistening waters of Newport Bay. As you travel, you'll view elegant yachts, waterfront estates, and stunning bayfront scenery in the mid-morning sun. Then head off along the Newport Beach coastline for even more spectacular views. Your guide will share facts about famous celebrities who have called this area their home over the years, including John Wayne, Nicolas Cage, and Humphrey Bogart. Toast the day with a complimentary glass of champagne and enjoy a fully stocked bar with several other sippable options. The upstairs sundeck will serve as a great spot to soak up the sunshine and feel the cool ocean breeze. Before you know it you will have returned to port, rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. Or just take a nap. It's your day off, after all.
    Newport Bay Brunch Cruise

    400 Main St., Newport Beach

    • Enjoy a lunchtime cruise along the Newport Beach coastline
    • See the homes of famous celebrities as you make your way along the Newport Bay
    • Sip on a complimentary glass of champagne
    • Ease into your day with serenity and style
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    Sea Cave Kayak Tour

    Ready to make some waves in your recreational life? Explore the sea caves of the Channel Islands National Park during this day of adventure! You'll begin things right with a scenic ferry boat ride out to the park from Ventura Harbor, during which you might spot a variety of marine life, including whales. Once arriving, depending on your check-in time, you'll have one to four hours of free time to explore the park -- hiking its trails, stopping by the visitor’s center, or even snorkeling. Then, for the main event, you'll spend up to one-and-a-half hours in the afternoon padding along the park’s coast, during which your guide will offer insights into the natural history and marine ecology of the area, and introduce you to some of the most incredible sea caves in the world. For those new to kayaking, no worries... Your guide is there to teach you as well, making this a fantastic way to get your feet wet trying out one of the world’s most popular watersports!
    Sea Cave Kayak Tour

    32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara

    • Explore the Channel Islands and their sea caves during 1-1.5 hours of sea kayaking
    • Spot whales and enjoy the scenery during a round-trip boat ride from Ventura Harbor to the park
    • Enjoy free time during which you can grab lunch hike, or spend some time snorkeling
    • Escape for an exciting day of adventure exploring one of California’s most beautiful coastal parks
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    The Glass Bottom Boat

    You are perfect. Yup pretty damn-near perfect. I mean, it's not like you can walk on water . . . or can you? Take a ride on the brand new Glass Bottom Boat, The Sea View, as you sail past Avalon Harbor out to Lover's cove and the marine preserve there. You'll see the rich, lively world hidden just below the waves. Control the feeding devices from the safety of your seat and watch as the fish flock to feast on the bait. And the best part -- Everybody gets a window seat. . . at least a window floor. Hey, the guy walking on water next to you doesn't make you any less perfect. Perfection can be shared!!
    The Glass Bottom Boat

    Green Pier, Avalon

    • Set sail on a Glass Bottom Boat to see the underwater world like you never have before
    • Take control of the feeding system to bring the sea-creatures to you
    • Cruise along Avalon Harbor to the crystal clear waters of Lovers' Cove, a marine-preserved sanctuary for a rich variety of undersea life
    • Discover the wondrous creatures that live beneath the sea
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    Painted Cave Excursion - Single Kayak

    Islands (and caves) of adventure await during this kayaking experience! With Santa Barbara Adventure Company, explore the less traveled west end of Santa Cruz Island and the beautiful Painted Cave. Relax and let them take care of the all the details on this unforgettable Channel Islands kayaking tour. This all inclusive day trip departs out of the Santa Barbara Harbor aboard a splendid charter vessel complete with hot showers and bunks. You'll enjoy breakfast, first class whale watching, and a scenic cruise to Santa Cruz Island where the boat will anchor giving you time to take an amazing kayak tour of Painted Cave and a series of other caves and coves nearby. After exploring the magnificent cave, they give you some time for snorkeling, taking photos or to take a hot shower on the boat. A hot lunch will be served on the boat before heading back to Santa Barbara. And if you really want to kick things up a notch, bring your own adult beverages to enjoy on the boat. Although, we suspect this surreal adventure will be intoxicating enough without the added help!
    Painted Cave Excursion - Single Kayak

    32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara

    • Explore the Painted Cave of Santa Cruz and other sea caves during three hours of sea kayaking
    • Spot whales and enjoy the scenery during a round-trip boat ride from Santa Barbara Harbor to the island
    • Enjoy free time to snorkel, and fuel up with included breakfast and lunch on the boat
    • Discover the joys of sea kayaking while exploring one of California’s most beautiful coastal wonders
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    Whale Watching Cruise

    Cruising Vimbly for a Santa Barbara experience worth blubbering over? Check out the phattest show in town with this two-and-a-half-hour whale watch! You'll hit the Santa Barbara Channel aboard a 50 foot catamaran and seek out some of the majestic marine life that inhabits the serene waters. Dolphins, sea lions, and harbor seals are commonly sighted. Several species of whales migrate through the area depending on the time of year. If you’re especially lucky, you might spot the largest animal on the planet: the majestic Blue Whale! Most common, however, are Pacific Grey Whales. Orcas, humpback, minke, and pilot whales also often pop by to say hi. Think of all the “tails” you'll have to tell after this one!
    Whale Watching Cruise

    133 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara

    • Enjoy a 2.5-hour ocean tour aboard a 50’ sailing catamaran
    • Spot dolphins, sea lions, seals, and several species of whale
    • Relax on a spacious deck and enjoy drinks from the bar
    • Treat yourself to an inspirational ocean voyage
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    Laguna Beach SUP Lesson and Tour

    Experience the fastest growing water sport in the most epic of settings: stand-up paddle boarding in Laguna Beach, brimming with sea life and amazing panoramic views. It's a great option for those looking to learn and enjoy this thrilling sport. It's truly a unique experience to launch paddle boards from Fisherman's Cove, the safest, most wave protected beach in Laguna. You will tour through North Laguna, the calmest, most contoured coastline that includes a visit to Seal Rock, a sea lion sanctuary. Paddle board lesson/tours are 2 hours, giving you ample time to stand, sit, kneel, lollygag and enjoy. By using actual touring paddle boards means you'll go faster and go further. Stand-up paddle tours are for everyone who can swim and have a love of the ocean. No experience necessary. Eco friendly touring boards are used to provide maximum stability. The best, most stable touring paddle boards in the business that will take you further, with more ease.
    Laguna Beach SUP Lesson and Tour

    843 Cliff Dr, Laguna Beach

    • Enjoy seeing native wildlife up close and personal in their natural environment
    • Perfect for beginners. No paddle boarding experience required
    • Be led by an informative, friendly and professional expert who will have you up and paddling in no time
    • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
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