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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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    Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

    Round up your family and friends and set off on this 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise from Newport Beach. On a 65-foot (20-meter) boat, you’ll cruise down the Orange County coastline, watching for several varieties of whales, dolphins and other marine life.The coastal waters provide the calm conditions that attract these impressive mammals.

    This whale-watching tour is available year-round, and depending on the season you travel, different whales may be in the area. Giant blue whales like to visit in the summer and fall months. These whales are the largest mammals ever seen in existence, usually growing to approximately 200 tons (180 metric tons) and 98 feet (30 meters) in length! You may also see grey whales, which can live up to 70 years. Finback whales are also common in the summer months; they are the second-largest mammals after blue whales, and they grow to up to 72 feet (22 meters).

    During the winter and spring months, you'll typically see minke and humpback whales. The minke whale is one of the world’s smallest whales, only growing to about 23 feet (7 meters). The beloved humpback whale can grow to be about 52 feet (16 meters). Both whales love krill, and they ‘fluke’ (slap) their tails on the water in order to bring the krill up to the surface. Humpbacks are a very curious breed of whales and are often referred to as ’friendlies’ by sailors because they love to come up to ships.

    Keep your eyes peeled for other marine life like seals, sea lions and several types of dolphins. Your friendly and knowledgeable captain and crew all come from strong backgrounds in marine biology and will be able to answer all your questions.
    Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

    Newport Harbor, Newport Beach

    • Close encounter with friendly dolphins
    • Ideal choice for families
    • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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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

    1 Cabrillo Mole, 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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    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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    Dolphin & Whale Signature Safari (2.5 Hr)

    Feel like you need a little more porpoise in your life? If you answered "No, I want to see whales and dolphins," then this is the sea-faring safari for you! You’ll set sail on high-tech catamarans, in search of some of the year-round dolphins and whales famous for populating the waters off of Dana Point. What could you see? December through May the annual migration of Gray Whales between the waters off Alaska and the lagoons of Baja, CA takes place. In the months between May and November Blue Whales, the largest animal on earth, can be seen. And throughout the year Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, and occasionally Orcas visit. Rare whales that could be seen at any time include Bryde’s Whales, Sei Whales, Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales, and False Killer Whales. And playful dolphins, some in mega-pods of up to 10,000, are seen off Dana Point all year round too! Only aboard the catamaran Manute’a can you see dolphins underwater, without getting wet, in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Capt. Dave’s original catamaran DolphinSafari is so close to the water that it’s like viewing dolphins and whales from a kayak. Both boats feature our Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets to give you a really up close encounter! Lily, our luxury power catamaran, features cushioned bow seating, upper deck with wind and sun protection, and a beautifully appointed interior. Mrs. Captain Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on all trips. Along the way, naturalists will treat you with insights about how these amazing creatures live and play. It’s going to be a whale of a good time!
    Dolphin & Whale Signature Safari (2.5 Hr)

    24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point

    • Embark on a dolphin and whale watching adventure that gives you an up-close and personal view of the marine life
    • Observe dolphins and whales in their natural environment with vessel features specially designed by Captain Dave
    • Learn about the behaviors of these underwater creatures from professional naturalists
    • Enjoy an intimate look at a surreal underwater world aboard advanced, eco-friendly catamarans
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    Refugio State Beach Kayak Tour

    Looking for a little more fun in the California sun? Join Santa Barbara Adventure Company for a perfect day of kayaking, swimming and fun! On their most popular coastal trip, you'll see an incredible section of coastline. The Gaviota Coast is one of the few remaining sections of undeveloped, open coastline in California, and is home to more than 1500 species of plant and animal life. You'll meet at Refugio State Beach, and, once outfitted, your guide will offer a thorough kayaking lesson on shore, including instruction for surf entries and exits. When you're in the water and feeling comfortable, you will tour a total of 3 miles, stopping in pristine kelp beds to learn about marine ecology and the Santa Barbara Channel (and maybe even get the chance to kayak with dolphins!). At midday you'll stop for lunch, served on a secluded beach. This unforgettable trip provides great opportunities to swim, play or just float. You might even find yourself engaged in a few kayaking games … The folks at Santa Barbara Adventure Company like to keep things fluid!
    Refugio State Beach Kayak Tour

    32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara

    • Embark on an invigorating, half-day kayak tour along the undeveloped Gaviota Coast
    • Learn about the marine ecology and natural history of the coastline as you paddle
    • Stop for a beachside lunch, cool off with a swim, and play various kayak games
    • Spot a variety of marine life common to the area, perhaps including dolphins
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    Private West Beach Kayak Tour

    Finding the right kayak tour can be a sink or swim endeavor. But Cal Coast Adventures gets it right, as you’ll discover during this engaging paddle off popular West Beach! You’ll travel alongside a local guide, learning the essentials of paddling. Because this is a private tour, whatever amount of instruction you desire will be yours. Experience this wildly popular watersport to its fullest, at a comfortable pace. You’ll explore the harbor inside and out, traveling alongside the piers, out to where the seals play. This scenic paddle will offer both cityscape sights and views of the Santa Ynez mountains rising above. Water you waiting for???
    Private West Beach Kayak Tour

    171 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara

    • Treat yourself to a private kayak adventure off of West Beach
    • Explore the Santa Barbara Harbor and check out playful seals up close
    • Learn the basics of kayaking alongside an experienced guide
    • Enjoy a light upper body workout that will get you pumped
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    Fun Paddle Midweek Tour

    Who says good times can only happen on the weekend? During this midweek sea kayak tour, you’ll change the rules by spending two unforgettable hours paddling the Santa Barbara coastline! Setting out from the “Sea Landing” at Santa Barbara Harbor, you’ll begin with a quick lesson in kayaking, before your guide takes you out for a relaxing, 1-2 mile paddle. You’ll spend time viewing the harbor and its historic piers, and paddling out to where sea kelp forests and secluded beaches await discovery. As you paddle, your guide will offer various insights into the coast’s natural history and marine ecology, and you’ll likely spot a variety of marine life playing in the water. You’ll also stop halfway through to fuel up with a deli-style lunch, because adventure is always more fun on a full stomach!
    Fun Paddle Midweek Tour

    32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara

    • Embark on an invigorating, half-day kayak tour around the Santa Barbara harbor
    • Enjoy sea level views of the city, piers, and secluded beaches, and spot a variety of marine life
    • Stop for a beachside lunch midday way through your adventure
    • Learn about the history of Santa Barbara and its marine ecology from your guides
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    Santa Barbara Kayak Tour

    Got that sinking feeling that you’re not going to have anything to look forward to this week? Why not enjoy a relaxing day of paddling along the Santa Barbara waterfront! See the American Riviera from a unique perspective. We can’t promise you’ll get this lucky, but there's a chance you may paddle alongside whales on this trip! After a comprehensive kayak lesson, you'll “put-in” at the Santa Barbara harbor. Your journey takes you through the harbor, along secluded beaches, past sea lions and kelp forests and around the historic pier. Guides will offer insight into the history of the region as well as local marine ecology. You'll stop on a secluded beach for lunch, before completing a large loop, ending back at the harbor. You are going to love this paddle because of the relaxed pace and incredible marine life as well as taking in the views of town from the water. How’s that float your … uhm, kayak?
    Santa Barbara Kayak Tour

    32 E Haley St, Santa Barbara

    • Embark on an invigorating, half-day kayak tour around the Santa Barbara harbor
    • Enjoy sea level views of the city, piers, and secluded beaches, perhaps while spotting a variety of marine life
    • Stop for a beachside lunch midday way through your adventure
    • Learn about the history of Santa Barbara and its marine ecology from your guides
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