Friday, March 8, 2013

Whale Watching Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara Channel is a rich playground for all kinds of whales and marine life; the safety and abundant food supply of the Channel make the whales comfortable and that makes whale watching fun and easy just about all the year round.  No boating for hours just to get to the right waterways!  The Santa Barbara Channel Islands are about 24 miles from shore and occasionally a whale has been spotted less than 2 miles from the beaches. There are 26 species of whales and dolphins that live or migrate through the Channel so a day of whale watching will typically include sitings of multiple kinds of dolphins, sea lions, sea birds and a variety of whales, depending on the season.  Spring time (March, April and May) brings the grey whales and their new born calves northbound from the warm waters of the Baja lagoons to Alaska for summer feeding.  The process is reversed in the winter months.   The whale watching season for the humpback and giant blue whale seems to be expanding in Santa Barbara, with humpbacks seen as early as March and as late as October, the blues coming into the Channel usually in May. 

We take time every year to go whale watching - there's nothing like being on the water, in the sun on a clear day (we have more than our fair share in Santa Barbara.)   Our whale watching choice is the Condor Express; we like it for the comfort and range of the ride, the keenly observant spotters and naturalists on board and most importantly, the design of the ship which minimizes disruption of the whale habitat.

If you'd like to spend a night or two in a fine Santa Barbara Bed and Breakfast before or after a day of whale watching, please give us a call or book directly on-line with us.  We'd love to see you.
Photo by

Deborah Gentry, Innkeeper,  Bath Street Inn