Santa Barbara Tour Guides

Our people make the difference! With a goal of "safety first" our knowledgeable, fun seeking guides bring an enthusiastic passion of sharing nature's beauty to every tour. Captain Jack's tour guides come from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Captain Jack's Tours is in compliance with the regulations of the Public Utilities Commission and carries all necessary licenses and insurance for the protection of our guests. We also adhere to the State of California's Pull Program, which requires random drug and alcohol testing of our drivers. PUC #22256

Our Guides

Captain Jack (aka Mark Hicks) started Captain Jack's Santa Barbara Tours to seek, find, and develop the most spectacular outdoor tours on the central coast. These tours are designed to provide a world class experience. These tours provide the perfect combination of physical activities enjoyed at a pace that allows guests to pause, breathe, and take in the beauty of the area. These tours are all inclusive; everything is provided. Guests can enjoy the day knowing Captain Jack and his guides have previewed and experienced the tour to insure a safe and unique experience which will arouse the senses, sending you home with a renewed and enhanced view of the world.
Tracy was born and raised in Southern California. "I have a beautiful 11 year old daughter named Haley and we both live in Summerland. I enjoy white water rafting, kayaking, and doing sunset walks with my little girl and our dog. I really enjoy my job and the people I work with. I feel that it is a true blessing to go to work and love what you do, and I also believe that your thoughts and feelings create your life. So to those who are reading this, I hope you have a wonderful experience with the trip you are planning with Captain Jack's. You will have a blast, I promise!!"
Jens is originally from Germany but has resided in California for the last 15 years. As a recent graduate from the Communication Studies Department Cal. State Long Beach, Jens is an outgoing individual who has been called "a fountain of knowledge" by recent customers. Jens is available for all of our tours, specializing in Wine, Kayaking and Segway Tours. Along with being a guide for Captain Jacks Tours, Jens also works multiple other jobs including Event Photography, Graphic Design and is an MC at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Captain Don is a retired ship captain having fun! He has traveled many of the oceans around the world and has helped our government with running research ships. He has his own marine survey vessel business and worked with National Geographic Discovery channel and Lost City of Atlantis Exploration Group. He has a very fun personality and will show you a great time on your next tour with him!
Guy "Hello ladies and gents, my name is Guy and I'll be your tour guide! I have been playing sports my whole life, played basketball for as long as I can remember, then varsity water polo and best but certainly not least lacrosse in college. Being certified in CPR and basic first aid, as well as the other guides, your life is in great hands =). I am a Santa Barbara local and have been out in the water and up in the mountains for years. My experience out there is always just as fantastic as yours will be; I really enjoy every tour and believe every tour is different in some way. Can't wait to let everyone know what Santa Barbara is all about."
Ben recently transplanted to Santa Barbara from the east coast in search of the perfect wave and the perfect wine. In his free time away from kayaking and exploring wine country, he drums in a rock band and climbs mountains. He is a world traveller and has spent years volunteering throughout central and south America.
Dave Hi, I'm Dave and I'm glad to be your driver and guide. I enjoy sharing my passion for Santa Barbara's unique and varied ecology, as well as our local cultural history. I also enjoy cooking and I am always searching for the perfect wine paring to a meal. You can find me in Santa Barbara County rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, or hiking in our foothills or along the ocean with my awesome wife, and of course guiding. We have many adventures to choose from, and I hope to meet you on all of them. Enjoy your tour, Dave!
Joe Hello everyone, I’m Joseph. I have been living in Santa Barbara for quite a while and I love the beautiful Santa Barbara/ Central Coast Area. I am experienced in a kayak as well as a tasting room and I look forward to sharing my knowledge while encouraging a fun, laid back atmosphere. Hope to see you out there!
Cuauhtemoc is an authentic Aztec Indian and shares the same name as the last Aztec Emperor Prince. Cuauhtemoc is just as much at home in a kayak as he is hiking the Gaviota Trail. His vast knowledge of nature is apparent as he tells guests what plants they can eat, what it will taste like, and which plants to avoid. You'll want to keep an eye on Cuauhtemoc for at any moment he might "disappear" as he shimmies up the nearest tree.

Our Fleet

The variety of our fleet allows us to accommodate groups of any size.

We use SUVs that hold 4, 7 or 8 people, as well as passenger vans that hold 11 or 14.

Mini-buses, fill size buses and luxury coaches are available for larger groups.

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