COVID-19 Update

Kayak Connection is open for all socially-distanced kayak rentals and tours! 

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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

Jinux Kim
Jinux K.
20:35 02 May 21
Saw ample wildlife and had a great time. Gave realistic expectations of conditions and we’re very helpful and friendly to us first timers.
Andrea
Andrea
23:02 01 May 21
Jonathan Moy
Jonathan M.
18:47 19 Apr 21
Our guided tour with Chelsea was chock full of wildlife sightings and nerding out on Q&A about the unique ecology in Elkhorn Slough.
Josh Loftus
Josh L.
03:58 13 Apr 21
Yuqing Gong
Yuqing G.
02:35 08 Apr 21
Suzanne Walter
Suzanne W.
13:58 06 Apr 21
Fantastic experience! On our family outing we saw lots of wildlife, sea otters, seals, birds. The weather was perfect and the kayaks very maneuverable. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful!
Carolynn Warner
Carolynn W.
14:12 04 Apr 21
Fantastic experience! On our family outing we saw lots of wildlife, sea otters, seals, birds. The weather was perfect and the kayaks very maneuverable. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful!
Carolynn Warner
Carolynn W.
14:12 04 Apr 21
Kirsten was so friendly. She was awesome!!!
BJ Hastings
BJ H.
23:05 01 Apr 21
I’ve had so many fun times paddling on Elkhorn Slough using Kayak Connection for rental boats. I try to take all my visitors here.A couple years ago, our lovely intern from France was soon to return home. But first, her mom and brother visited for a vacation.Momma didn’t swim.Really, this is wierd for me, I’m a California kid, but that’s reality for many.She was very timid, and very Brave to hop in a little boat with me.After a 2 hour paddle, she was totally in heaven.The boats are safe, even for people not comfortable on the water.We saw many otters, and the sweet babies. so many colorful birds, and a 2 foot diameter red/white jelly calmly swimming by underneath us.This sweet lady went back to France and told “All her Friends ” that if they are Ever in the US, they Have to go to Cali, and paddle on Elkhorn. It was the highlight of her 3-4 week visit to the whole USA!I’m still in touch with her daughter, and she says mommy smiles every time she thinks about her boat trip.Thank you, Kayak Connection!
Tamlyn McKenzie
Tamlyn M.
03:59 26 Mar 21
Had a great kayaking experience with Larry as our guide. We took the sunrise tour and loved hearing about his vast knowledge of the wildlife and ecosystem. It is apparent he has a passion for the outdoors and sharing it with others. His knowledge about birds was amazing, I recommend to anyone who is a bird lover. Overall great place, clean, organized and friendly staff. I had spoken with Lauren a couple times while trying to book, she gave me apt of information that helped us get prepared and choose the right tour. Thank you! Will be back!
Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer J.
18:26 19 Mar 21
Had a great kayaking experience with Larry as our guide. We took the sunrise tour and loved hearing about his vast knowledge of the wildlife and ecosystem. It is apparent he has a passion for the outdoors and sharing it with others. His knowledge about birds was amazing, I recommend to anyone who is a bird lover. Overall great place, clean, organized and friendly staff. I had spoken with Lauren a couple times while trying to book, she gave me apt of information that helped us get prepared and choose the right tour. Thank you! Will be back!
Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer J.
18:26 19 Mar 21

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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.
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