Santa Barbara Sailing Center offers a variety of many options to spend an amazing time on the water. The first option we recommend is public 2-hour sunset tour. You will see amazing coastal views and stunning sunset magic. Another option is a private charter which comes with a captain. You can rent for a few hours or for the whole day. We recommend renting a full day charter for up to 6 people. It's an amazing value and you unlock endless adventure opportunities. Captain will take you to Santa Cruz Island. You will be able to dive into crystal clear water from the boat, snorkel and hike the island. It's an unforgettable all-day adventure that you deserve!
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We reserved the 36’ Marina sailboat through SBSC for my parents’ memorial at sea. This was the best decision ever! It was an easy sign-in the day we arrived. We met Captain Christopher, were escorted on board, explained all of the safety details and motored out of the beautiful Santa Barbara harbor. It was our choice to sail wherever we liked for the next 2 hours. We chose to head out and over to the SB Cemetery along the cliffs, and of course well out to sea for our ash scattering. It was a beautiful day, a beautiful sail and Christopher was a very professional captain, making us all feel very comfortable. The sailboat itself was extremely comfortable and we highly recommend this Sailing Center for your future sailing needs.
My wife and I took up the Sunset Cruise package deal that came with our hotel booking. We were celebrating our honeymoon so it only makes sense to take up the deal. We got to the place early like it said to on our RSVP card but they didn't start boarding until like 10 minutes before sailing off. Bring a jacket because it will get cold out there and also find a good seat depending if there a lot of people. We sat near the back so we were next to the bar and had a great view. The crew (driver and bartender) were amazing and came to talk to us during the ride. We were also able to see some dolphins during the tour so that was nice. It was a good 2 hour cruise around the coast.
Really fun day of sailing! We were initially scheduled for a Sunset Cruise, but due to the high swell we were rescheduled to the morning whale watching. Though we did not see any whales, we did see a number of birds, seals, and sea lions. I also appreciated the captain and first mate for ensuring all the guests safety. They were very friendly - the first mate was friendly enough to snap a few pictures for the guests. Looking forward to returning next Spring!
Our experience on the public sunset cruise was unparalleled— the staff and the boat were exceptional, as was the scenery. The boat for public cruises is a large catamaran which has over water hammocks, deck seating, and a bar area, and had blankets available for cold weather. The bar had both wine and beer as well as non alcoholic drinks (given we went in December we were glad they had hot chocolate!) The staff, Madeline and Johnny, were extremely kind and thorough, and also didn’t mind me pestering them with questions about Santa Barbara! The cruise was lovely and had amazing views of the sunset. For a public cruise at this value, I would highly recommend booking with them.
Do yourself a favor and book a tour with Santa Barbara Sailing. We originally booked the sunset cruise and due to high winds we were offered to rebook for whale watching the next day. The captain, first mate, and faculty were all friendly and welcoming. This was definitely a highlight of our trip!