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Santa Barbara Helicopter Tours - A helicopter tour is one of the best activities and things to do in Santa Barbara, California for couples and families too. The fun begins at liftoff, and each flight is action packed from beginning til end. Experience the once in lifetime adventure of helicopter flight!

Condor Express Whale Watching Tours is the premier Whale Watching and Party/Dinner Cruise venue in California. Located in the beautiful city of  Santa Barbara we offer the most comfortable, advanced vessel on the west coast. Each of our crew members are trained and experienced naturalist with 30+ years of service. You will be impressed with just how well our captains know these waters and love the incredible animals we spend so much time with. When you ride on the CONDOR EXPRESS, you are riding with the experts!

Whale Watching Tips

Santa Barbara is in an excellent location for whale watching.  Our city is on a southern facing coast and sheltered behind the Channel Islands.  It offers us a fabulous opportunity to witness the migration of the gray whales, as well as spot other species of the large marine mammals.

Over 27 different types of whales and dolphins inhabit the Santa Barbara Channel at various times of the year, making these waters one of the best whale watching areas in the world.

There are two windows of opportunity to see whales around Santa Barbara.  During February, March and early April you can see California Grey Whales.  From May to September you can see Blue Whales, Minke Whales and Humpback Whales.  Occasionally, you can see Right Whales or Orcas. All season long you have an excellent chance of seeing dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions. 

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