COVID-19 Update

Kayak Connection is following the amended Shelter In Place orders for Santa Cruz County and Monterey County and we are open for rentals and private tours on a limited basis.

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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

Bret Mogilefsky
Bret M.
01:47 26 Oct 20
Bear Maughan
Bear M.
18:51 24 Oct 20
We went out on a bioluminescence kayaking tour and had an absolutely magical time. Interacting with the bioluminescent dinoflagellates was surreally beautiful, we had so much fun, and our guide Mark was knowledgeable and showed us a great time. Highly recommend! We’ll be back!
Carley Clemons
Carley C.
17:52 11 Oct 20
Awesome experience, very friendly and accommodating.
Brandon Burchett
Brandon B.
16:54 06 Oct 20
We went on a wildlife kayaking tour with Lindsay. She’s one of most knowledgeable guides I’ve ever met, and she made the tour extremely fun. Three hours flew by, and I can’t wait to go back to try the bioluminescence tour.
Michelle U
Michelle U
19:13 28 Sep 20
Very nice people and a beautiful area, lots and lots of otters and seals!
Ayla Sirois
Ayla S.
23:38 27 Sep 20
My husband and I did a morning kayaking tour of Elkhorn Slough with guide Francisco. Our experience was great. Francisco was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about all the animals and plants in the slough. He shared information with us about how the otters, seals, sea lions, birds and nudibranchs that live in the Slough contribute to creating and maintaining the ecosystem. We were very happy to be up close with all of these animals. When we had to alter our reservation a few days ahead of time, Kayak Connection’s staff was excellent at communicating with us and helping us get rescheduled. The best part of our 12-day California trip. Highly recommended!
Amanda Sonmor
Amanda S.
18:49 25 Sep 20
My husband and I did a morning kayaking tour of Elkhorn Slough with guide Francisco. Our experience was great. Francisco was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about all the animals and plants in the slough. He shared information with us about how the otters, seals, sea lions, birds and nudibranchs that live in the Slough contribute to creating and maintaining the ecosystem. We were very happy to be up close with all of these animals. When we had to alter our reservation a few days ahead of time, Kayak Connection’s staff was excellent at communicating with us and helping us get rescheduled. The best part of our 12-day California trip. Highly recommended!
Amanda Sonmor
Amanda S.
18:49 25 Sep 20
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20:54 12 Sep 20
Very friendly and helpful staff! They are a wealth of info which was perfect for my first time kayaking! I felt very comfortable and confident heading out to the slough for the first time. The staff was also very helpful with where to go and what to see during our paddle. Coming back for one of their guided trips is on my bucket list! There is tons of marine life to see in Elkhorn Slough. What a perfect location and easy day trip from Fresno.
Tim Clark
Tim C.
18:54 10 Sep 20
Very friendly and helpful staff! They are a wealth of info which was perfect for my first time kayaking! I felt very comfortable and confident heading out to the slough for the first time. The staff was also very helpful with where to go and what to see during our paddle. Coming back for one of their guided trips is on my bucket list! There is tons of marine life to see in Elkhorn Slough. What a perfect location and easy day trip from Fresno.
Tim Clark
Tim C.
18:54 10 Sep 20
Michelle Gentry
Michelle G.
20:35 07 Sep 20

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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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