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Few things are as exhilarating as watching a humpback whale breach from the ocean, and in Santa Barbara, you can enjoy a front row seat. Whale-watching cruises whisk you right to all the action.
More than 27 species of whales and dolphins swim the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel, making it one of the best places in the country to view marine mammals in the wild. From May through November, humpback and blue whales feed here, and gray whales migrate along the Santa Barbara coast on their northern and southern migration.
Even if you don’t spot whales, you can usually see other wildlife such as dolphins, sea lions, and even orcas.
One of the most popular whale-watching cruises takes place aboard the Condor Express, which also offer a whale watching guarantee — if you don’t spot any marine animals on your cruise, you can take another cruise for free during the season.