Eco-Tourism in MPAs

Channelkeeper Supporting Local Businesses

As part of Channelkeeper’s effort to raise aware­ness and promote stewardship of Santa Barbara’s MPAs, we are working to highlight the recreational opportunities and monetary benefits that MPAs provide to the local economy. We are developing and supporting business endeavors that provide opportunities for people to experience and learn about our local MPAs, such as dive and kayak trips as well as newly developed tours offered by recreational fishing outfitters, which were impacted by the creation of MPAs. We hope that these trips will help inform the community about the existence and significance of MPAs while also fostering ocean stewardship.

 

Check out these companies that offer exciting trips to visit our MPAs:

Aquasports2

Aquasports

Aquasports has been leading guided sea kayaking trips along the Santa Barbara coastline, and within the Channel Islands National Park, for the past 25 years. Adventure travel seekers will find that most trips are designed to be low rigor but high adventure, captivating both novices and experts alike.

Trips to MPAs
• Sea cave adventures in Scorpion MPA at the Channel Islands National Park & National Marine Sanctuary
• Coastal kayaking of Naples State Marine Conservation Area (only available as charter trip)


CIO
Channel Islands Outfitters

It is our mission to save the oceans and natural places by fostering an understanding of them through education, adventures and outdoor experiences.  We Are Ocean Lovers. It is our office, our playground, and our sanctuary.
Trips to MPAs
• Sea cave adventures in Scorpion MPA at the Channel Islands National Park & National Marine Sanctuary
• Sea cave adventures in Anacapa and Painted Cave MPAs at the Channel Islands National Park & National Marine Sanctuary (only available as charter trip)
• Goleta wildlife kayaking adventure at Campus Point Marine Conservation Area
• Kayak, SUP, and surf rentals at Goleta Beach to paddle to Campus Point Marine Conservation Area


SB Adv Co

Santa Barbara Adventure Company

The premier adventure travel outfitter on the central coast. We’re committed to creating unforgettable adventures of the highest quality, focusing on the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside and coastal waters.


Trips to MPAs
• Sea cave adventures in the MPAs at the Channel Islands National Park & National Marine Sanctuary
• Coastal kayaking of Naples State Marine Conservation Area (only available as charter trip)


UCSB Adventure ProgramsUCSB Adventure Programs

UCSB Adventure Programs exists to enhance campus and community life by providing educational and recreational experiences through wilderness trips, outdoor recreation classes, ropes courses, and climbing center programs.


Trips to MPAs
• Kayak classes, coastal paddles, and rentals (surfboards, kayaks, and SUPs) at Campus Point State Marine Conservation Area
• Gaviota coastal overnight trips through Kashtayit, Naples, and Campus Point State Marine Conservation Areas


Wave Walker

Wave Walker Charters

Discover the dazzling Santa Barbara Channel and enchanting Channel Islands with renowned outdoor writer and friendly skipper Captain David Bacon and his daughter Captain Tiffany Vague. Your fantasea adventure awaits…


Trips to MPAs
• Recreational fishing trips (in legal areas beyond MPA boundaries) coupled with education about MPAs