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Santa Barbara Island - 2 Day

Spend 2 days diving at Santa Barbara Island, known for its incredible pinnacle diving, lush kelp forests, and Giant Black Sea Bass sightings!

What's Included

  • Free air fills
  • Accommodations in private bunks with pillows and blankets
  • Night Dive (conditions permitting)
  • Divemaster and naturalists
  • 3 meals a day & snacks
  • Hot and cold beverages

Select your trip dates

Select your trip dates

What's Included

  • Free air fills
  • Accommodations in private bunks with pillows and blankets
  • Night Dive (conditions permitting)
  • Divemaster and naturalists
  • 3 meals a day & snacks
  • Hot and cold beverages

Trip Details

Santa Barbara Island is a hidden gem… diving here is extraordinary!

Location Information

  • Departure Harbor: Santa Barbara Landing in the Santa Barbara Harbor.
  • Destination: Santa Barbara Island
getting the camera gear ready for a dive in the channel islands

Important Times

  • Check-In: 5:00 pm
  • CIEx Hosted Buffet: 7:30pm (appetizers and handheld bites)
  • Briefing: 9:00 pm
  • Dives: 4-5 dives per day plus an optional night dive
  • Return to Santa Barbara: 5:00 pm on final day of trip
Scuba Dive California and the Channel Islands

Trip Specific Information

  • Season: Year Round
  • Experience Level: Beginner-Advanced
  • Minimum Number of Guests: 16
  • Maximum Number of Guests: 30
  • Minimum Age:  12 years old

How do we calculate ticket prices?

Ticket Costs

Itinerary

Meet your crew at the Santa Barbara Landing in the Santa Barbara Harbor (at 301 West Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA). 

You will board anytime after 5:00 pm to load gear and check in with our crew. At 7:30 pm we serve appetizers and snack food. Enough to fill you up, but nothing formal. 

A mandatory briefing will occur at 9:00 pm, and all loading of personal items should be completed before then. All guests must be present for the briefing. After the briefing, and once the manifest has been signed, passengers are not allowed to leave the vessel. 

Once the mandatory briefing has occurred, we respectfully request that all passengers remain onboard even though we may remain at the dock for several hours. 

Dive Day 1- 5+ Dives

We will attempt to dive at some of SBI’s premier dive sites: Amphitheater, Sutil, Reserve Reef, etc. The terrain at SBI is incredible, lots of structure and plenty to explore!

Since we’ll be at SBI for two days, and there isn’t very far to go… we have the opportunity to dive a lot, approximately 5-6 dives on our first day.

Night Dive at SBI

We will stay at SBI for the night dive, which starts at 7:00pm.

Night Dives are offered when we have the chance to set-up at a nice location that is safe for the evening. Due to weather and other conditions, we may not be able to get a night dive in each night, but we will most certainly get as many night dives as we can.

Night Dive Policies

We require the following for all night dives:

  1. At least 4 divers who wish to participate in the night dive are required.
  2. A primary and secondary light must be in working condition to enter the water, no exceptions.
  3. All tanks must have a beacon or chemical glow stick attached during the dive.
  4. No scooters on night dives.
  5. Divers must dive in pairs (buddy diving).

Dive Day 2 – 3-4 Dives

Depending on conditions, we’ll make the plan to continue diving at SBI or return to the backside of Santa Cruz Island and dive there on day 2.

Cuisine

Fresh Asparagus aboard the boat

Organic Produce from Tutti Frutti Farms

We source most of our produce from the local farmer’s markets on Tuesdays and Saturdays in order to serve a seasonal, fresh, and healthy menu.

We always strive for a fully balanced and healthy selection of food.

We can accommodate the following diets and ALL severe food allergies:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free (we do not provide gluten free bread)

If you have any severe food allergies, please inform us at least 7 days prior to departure so our galley can plan correctly. Thank you.

Channel Islands Expeditions employs world-class chefs with decades of experience. Learn more about what to expect from our galley chefs .

Accommodations

Visit our accommodations page for more information about your stay on one of our custom dive vessels.

Dive Club Wholesale Pricing

Harbor seal up close and personal

We provide excellent deals for dive clubs/shops/agencies looking to share this experience with your clients.

  • Bulk ticket sales
  • Discounts start at 2 spots
  • Free instructor/organizer spots

Please share some more information so that we can be in touch with the best pricing for your needs. Thank you.

Pre Trip Planning

Learn more about what to bring our trips by visiting our Planning Page

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the age limit?

The minimum age is 12 years.

How many people can sleep in an oversized bunk?

Each person is assigned one bunk.

How difficult is the diving?

Santa Barbara Island has it all, deep pinnacles, arches, kelp forests. It’s also a very small island, and while we don’t move very far, there’s a lot of variety!

Can we land on the islands and hike?

This trip does not include landing or hiking on Santa Cruz Island. If you want to hike on the Channel Islands, we recommend that you book a 4-Day Expedition Trip with us! Because you are not paying a National Park entrance fee, you cannot take advantage of the National Park’s terrestrial areas.

Do you offer Nitrox Fills?

Nitrox is $75/day for unlimitted fills (go home with a full tank).

Why are your trips so much more expensive than other dive trips in the area?

A great question that we’re happy to answer in more detail.

  1. The western islands of the Northern Channel Islands are more than 80 nautical miles from Santa Barbara Harbor. This is a great deal of fuel, much more than the eastern islands from Ventura and Oxnard.
  2. We pay our captains and crew enough to make a living doing this.
  3. Maintaining boats has always been expensive, but if you’ve been to the hardware store lately, you’ll agree that things are more expensive now than ever before. Imagine what that means for boat parts!
  4. We have increased the quality of our food and accommodations so that you can expect a world class experience on all trips!

Testimonials

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Santa Barbara Island 2-Day
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

1st Sea Kayaking Experience

Amazing experience led by Garrett and his team to the Channel Islands. I had travelled from Hawaiʻi for this 4 day adventure. I'm not a diver (they had a ton of opportunities for them) but was able to free-dive and go kayaking. I had never kayaking on the ocean like this but felt incredibly confident with the instruction from the guides and crew. Incredibly competent and friendly, the trip felt completely about the participant experience. Kayaking around and seeing all the Harbor & Elephant seals and sea lions was an amazing experience. Their knowledge on the water, the wildlife, and especially the history of the place made for an experience I've been recommending to friends since the trip. Great grub too!
5/5stars

- | Google

mark r
Santa Barbara Island 2-Day
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Kayaking Channel Islands

Did this with my wife and 4 of our friends. Drove up from the IE , 2 hour drive, well worth it! What a great crew! Very knowledgeable about the island and surrounding area. Going in and out of the caves was awesome, though challenging at times but that made it even more enjoyable. If you are considering this trip, DO IT! We WILL do it again.
5/5stars

- | Yelp

david c
Santa Barbara Island 2-Day
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Anacapa Caves

Great outfit. Very professional guides, safety and COVID conscious. I went on a trip to Anacapa Island in mid-November. The cruise out was pretty quick. The wildlife on the way was excellent. The caves and rocks on Anacapa were wonderful to play in. I will return again when the Gray Whales begin to head back up the coast. I highly recommend them.
5/5stars

- | Yelp

Chuyên L.
Santa Barbara Island 2-Day
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Channel Island National Park

Channel Island National Park so amazing and beautiful places. And The Wild Blue Adventurer was professional. We loved it . Thanks You so Mụch for get we the nice trip .
5/5stars

- | Yelp

john s
Santa Barbara Island 2-Day
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Father and Son day

I had an epic day with my son in late July 2020. Our guide Phil was a UCSB grad, marine biologist who was in area, as his normal guiding in Antarctica was limited due to Covid. The boat staff was knowledgeable, friendly and worked hard to make our day both enjoyable and safe. Only 8 people on a boat that can hold 30-40 and they were very Covid compliant. Masks in the boat at all times (except lunch - bring your own food) and outdoor seating but could take off masks in the double kayaks. Really easy and felt safe and compliant. 10 out of 10 and I'm a tough critic.
5/5stars

- | Yelp

yelp
Santa Barbara Island 2-Day
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

5 Night Liveaboard Trip

Recently went on a 5 night, 6 day liveaboard trip off the Truth. The crew and captains were all very nice and welcoming. The boat has great safety protocols to ensure us divers were safe throughout the entirety of this trip. Chef Tim was fantastic! I have never had better quality food on a boat trip, and he has definitely set the bar high. We had amazing homemade dishes almost every meal, he had vegetarian and vegan options as well. I would 100% recommend this boat to anyone interested in planning a multi-day dive trip to the Channel Islands.

5/5stars

- | Yelp

jelly fish
Santa Barbara Island 2-Day
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Kayaking Anacapa Arch

We had a wonderful time kayaking through the sea caves and Anacapa Arch.  All the on board staff were excellent.  We will definitely come back and do a different tour with them.

5/5stars

- | Yelp

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Santa Barbara Island 2-Day
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Great Family Day Adventure

We had the BEST first time kayaking experience with Blue Ocean. Garret and his crew are great! The Anacapa tour is something special... we all loved it! It was a perfect day for our family. We highly recommend!
5/5stars

- | TripAdvisor

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Santa Barbara Island 2-Day
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

Another great day kayaking with Blue Ocean

We had a great day at Anacapa with Garrett, Jordan and the rest of the crew. We paddled for about 3 hours but it is not too strenuous, so if you are wondering if you can do it, you probably can! Thank you, Blue Ocean Crew!
5/5stars

- | TripAdvisor

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Santa Barbara Island 2-Day
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

HIGHLY RECOMMEND

LOVED IT! Truly an amazing experience that I will never forget. Awesome crew, wonderful day, all around great time. I hope to do it again some day!
5/5stars

- | TripAdvisor

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Santa Barbara Island 2-Day
Rated 4.9/5 based on 11 customer reviews

A great time!

Even though it was a foggy day, we had a great time. The boat crew was great and friendly. Garrett the guide was knowledgeable and friendly. He even saved a pelican-"Birdie Sanders" .
5/5stars

- | TripAdvisor