The Gaviota area is a series of small coves beginning about 10 minutes up the coast from the city of Santa Barbara. Lying at the western edge of the Los Padres National Forest, these wonderfully concealed beaches are located where the Santa Ynez Mountains drop down into the Pacific Ocean.
Convenient, yet little known access takes us to a perfect starting point for our coastal kayaking excursions. Some of the beaches we pass can be reached only by ocean kayak, with some offering secluded shelter for a lunch break, exploratory walk along the shore or a simple break from paddling.
Our journey often includes a visit from some of our ocean companions such as the Pacific bottlenose dolphin, California sea lion, harbor seal and, during migratory seasons, the gray whale. Large swells usually are blocked by the unique coastal geography -- the Channel Islands to the south, and Point Arguello and Point Conception to the northwest -- making this excursion perfect for both beginning and experienced kayakers who are looking for a day of ocean exploration.
As always, a fun introductory kayaking lesson is included in all trips, and kayaking knowledge or special athletic ability are NOT required! The sheltered paddling areas usually have mild surf and are generally without strong winds.
Total trip time is about 4 hours, start to finish. We'll use about 1/2 hour for gear setup and instruction, and another 1/2 hour halfway through the trip to eat the picnic lunch that you bring. Scheduling is on-demand: call us and we'll likely meet your target date.
Minimum group size: 6 participants. Group discounts are available starting at 9 participants.
Map to Departure Location for This Trip