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EXPLORE ACTIVITIES

Kayak Connection is Monterey Bay’s favorite outfitter for sea kayaking and paddleboarding rentals, sales, lessons and tours.

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Rent a Kayak

Spend the day exploring with friends or relaxing on your own. From our private docks paddle the iconic Santa Cruz Harbor and Monterey Bay or explore the protected waters of the Elkhorn Slough with unparalleled wildlife encounters.

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Go on a Tour

Discover all the hidden wonders you might have paddled right by without our naturalist guides leading your adventure. Make the most of your experience by taking a guided tour customized for you and your group.

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Rent a Paddleboard

This beginner friendly area has all the scenery to catch that Santa Cruz stoke, or provide a challenge for the experienced paddler who wants to venture out to sea. Views of the iconic yacht harbor will wow and re-energize you.

Take a Class

We offer quality sea kayaking instruction taught by highly trained ACA instructors. Let us prepare you for that multi-day kayak camping trip, or geek out on perfecting your forward stroke technique.

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Santa Cruz Harbor Location

Come to our Santa Cruz Harbor location to experience over a mile of calm protected waters – perfect for beginning kayakers or paddleboarding enthusiasts.

For the more adventurous, head out into the Monterey Bay for open ocean exploration. See the iconic Santa Cruz sights including the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the Santa Cruz Wharf and experience the surf stoke at Steamer Lane.

Elkhorn Slough LOCATION

Elkhorn Slough is one of the top ten wildlife viewing destinations in North America. The Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing boasts the largest remaining raft of southern sea otters on the planet.

Come paddle with these amazing endangered creatures, as well as sea lions, harbor seals, beautiful floating jelllies and migrating sea birds.

WHAT WILDLIFE WILL YOU SEE TODAY?

MEET YOUR TOUR GUIDES

Our team is our greatest asset. Kayak Connection is proud to introduce you to our extended family of kooky paddlers. We take no greater joy than kayaking together, and helping you discover the adventure and magic the ocean delivers.

WHAT EVERYONE'S SAYING

This is my go-to Kayak spot. The team at Kayak Connection are always amazing and the slough wildlife never disappoint. I’ve always done self-guided kayaking with friends and family. The team always makes sure we’re set up and gives very clear instructions on the timing of the tide and where we should not be as teeny kayakers. 1000/10 recommend if you are new to kayaking or the Calfornia eco system, I have no doubt that their guides would be top notch.
Megan Richards
Megan R.
03:39 21 May 24
We had a fabulous first-time experience with Kayak Connections in Moss Landing. Our guides made the experience so extra special. Shout out to Logan and Andy!! Elkhorn Slough is one of the most beautifully, nature rich places I’ve seen and the staff made it all extra special. They all are so attentive, organized and kind. Our guides made it very relaxing and informative. We learned a lot and enjoy such easy going, pleasant conversations as we paddled. Beautiful slough, great staff and solid equipment made the whole experience perfect! We highly recommend Kayak Connection!
A-Chau Caban
A-Chau C.
15:40 15 May 24
We had a fabulous first-time experience with Kayak Connections in Moss Landing. Our guides made the experience so extra special. Shout out to Logan and Andy!! Elkhorn Slough is one of the most beautifully, nature rich places I’ve seen and the staff made it all extra special. They all are so attentive, organized and kind. Our guides made it very relaxing and informative. We learned a lot and enjoy such easy going, pleasant conversations as we paddled. Beautiful slough, great staff and solid equipment made the whole experience perfect! We highly recommend Kayak Connection!
A-Chau Caban
A-Chau C.
15:40 15 May 24
Michelle Sanchez
Michelle S.
22:34 21 Apr 24
Kevin Moore
Kevin M.
16:25 12 Apr 24
My husband and I kayaked the Elkhorn Slough (marine wildlife preserve) with Kayak Connection on a guided tour (tho you can just rent kayaks and paddle on your own) and were thrilled from start to finish. Our guide, Megan was very knowledgeable, friendly, and you could tell she really enjoyed showing people the local critters and sealife. The tour is suitable for beginners and kids, the company is very safety conscious and provides quality equipment, floatation vests, and water pants and jackets for extra protection if you get out there and it’s a bit rainy or windy. If you’re looking to paddle the Monterey Bay area, go with Kayak Connection.
Beth Wasek
Beth W.
20:54 07 Apr 24
We have used Kayak Connection many times in the past and always had a great experience. This time, however, we arrived and were told that the weather forecast had taken a turn for the worse. We were advised not to kayak, but Kael gave us great directions for local bird watching instead. We appreciated the advice and had a great time anyways.
Lauren Friend
Lauren F.
02:05 07 Apr 24
We have used Kayak Connection many times in the past and always had a great experience. This time, however, we arrived and were told that the weather forecast had taken a turn for the worse. We were advised not to kayak, but Kael gave us great directions for local bird watching instead. We appreciated the advice and had a great time anyways.
Lauren Friend
Lauren F.
02:05 07 Apr 24
Went here for my anniversary day and the tour guide Mac was just the best guide anyone can ask for. She was the perfect nerd, talked about Otters in a way that I started like seals more (:p – to know the reason you have to kayak with them) and was there to help us navigate through all twists and turns while kayaking backward all throughout and walking us through all what we were seeing. It’s located in a beautiful, calm and serene place surrounded by lovely green trees. An otterly amazing experience – please just go !
Malvika Chandhok
Malvika C.
03:49 04 Feb 24
Went here for my anniversary day and the tour guide Mac was just the best guide anyone can ask for. She was the perfect nerd, talked about Otters in a way that I started like seals more (:p – to know the reason you have to kayak with them) and was there to help us navigate through all twists and turns while kayaking backward all throughout and walking us through all what we were seeing. It’s located in a beautiful, calm and serene place surrounded by lovely green trees. An otterly amazing experience – please just go !
Malvika Chandhok
Malvika C.
03:49 04 Feb 24
Mark was really helpful in advising on which kayaks to use and how to use them and very patient with our group. I have used both kayak connection and the one nearby and I prefer them.
Nick
Nick
18:36 21 Jan 24
Isaiah Suchman
Isaiah S.
22:22 08 Jan 24

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WHAT ADVENTURE WILL YOU GO ON TODAY?

Fall in love with kayaking the Central Coast. Rent a kayak or paddleboard, take a class, or book a tour with our local guides to experience a magical outdoor adventure.