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The Condor Express

301 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA


Customizable Chartered Boat Trips Aboard Santa Barbara’s Most Advanced Vessel

Welcome aboard the Condor Express and the best whale watching trips in Southern California. Located in beautiful Santa Barbara, the Condor Express is one of the most advanced vessels on the West Coast. Our crew has over 30 years of experience and your whale watching enjoyment is our number one priority! Experienced naturalists will enhance your trip with information about whale migration, marine life, the Channel Islands, and more. Many species of whale migrate near the California Channel Islands and whale watching is one of the top 10 things to do in Santa Barbara.

The Condor Express offers the best Santa Barbara charter boat trips including dinner cruises, party cruises, wedding cruises, Channel Islands Kayaking trips, Channel Islands Birding trips and private charter trips.

From simple appetizers to complete sit-down dinners with dessert and wine — let us help you make all the arrangements. A full-service bar can be either hosted or no-host. Special wines and champagne are available on request, complete with a wine steward. Check into an eloquent wine tasting Sunset Cruise featuring world-famous wines from Santa Barbara area vineyards or join us for a party cruise with music provided on our state-of-the-art Bose sound system. A disc jockey can also be arranged or we can even arrange for a live band to play for your event.

We can customize your trip to make it the very best charter boat experience. Call for pricing. Tours are a minimum of two hours. Santa Barbara Channel Island dinner cruises and party cruises require a three-hour minimum.

Other features of the Condor Express include:

  • 75-foot-long, 26.5-foot-wide, quad-jet-powered catamaran capable of cruising at 28+ knots
  • Has a displacement of 118,200 pounds when full (77,000 pounds light)
  • Powered by four computer-controlled, low emission, 740 hp Detroit Diesel engines
  • Hull features a modified hydrofoil wing that produces an extremely smooth and stable ride
  • U.S. Coast Guard certified and insured to carry up to 127 passengers
  • Features a large and luxurious teak-paneled cabin with skylight, expansive windows, booth seating for 68 people, buffet hot table, and a full-service galley and cocktail bar
  • Upper sundeck seating offers unobstructed animal viewing and sight-seeing
  • The wheelhouse is equipped with top-of-the-line equipment and state-of-the-art navionics
  • Huge raised bow allows passengers a up-close look at the wildlife
  • Three full-size rest rooms aboard
  • High-tech Bose audio system and two 42 inch high-definition plasma screens are located in the main cabin
  • A large afterdeck provides lots of room for dancing to a DJ or a live band, as well as a powerful hoist and plenty of space for educators and researchers to work.

RATE: $600-950 per hour seasonally* / CAPACITY: 127 / WEBSITE: condorexpress.com

*Rate varies depending on guest count.

  • Address: 301 West Cabrillo Blvd
  • City: Santa Barbara
  • Zip/Postal Code: 93109
  • Neighborhood: Santa Barbara
  • Country: United States