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

single sit on top kayak

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.

kayak tours in santa cruz and moss landing

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.

stand up paddle boarding

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

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
Such a wonderful experience, try it!
Karina N.
Karina N.
04:59 08 Jan 24
We visited from out of town and were so glad we were able to do an early morning guided tour of the slough. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. The water was calm, peaceful, and full of wildlife. We were able to see plenty of birds, seals, and otters! One of the otters swam around us for at least twenty minutes and even popped out of the water as close as 10 feet from our kayaks. At one point we heard a baby otter crying out. What an incredible and unforgettable experience.
Emily Savoca
Emily S.
02:15 06 Jan 24
We visited from out of town and were so glad we were able to do an early morning guided tour of the slough. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. The water was calm, peaceful, and full of wildlife. We were able to see plenty of birds, seals, and otters! One of the otters swam around us for at least twenty minutes and even popped out of the water as close as 10 feet from our kayaks. At one point we heard a baby otter crying out. What an incredible and unforgettable experience.
Emily Savoca
Emily S.
02:15 06 Jan 24
Christina Tong
Christina T.
22:20 31 Dec 23
We randomly tried this place after staying the night at the Inn at Moss landing, which was a short drive away. We rented a double kayak for 4 hours. Reasonable pricing comes with all the gear you’ll need. Free parking, and free storage for your personal items (keys, phones, etc). They give you a lay-of-the-land, then send you on your way! Plenty of wildlife to see, overall great and scenic kayaking!!
Chad Drew
Chad D.
01:49 26 Dec 23
We randomly tried this place after staying the night at the Inn at Moss landing, which was a short drive away. We rented a double kayak for 4 hours. Reasonable pricing comes with all the gear you’ll need. Free parking, and free storage for your personal items (keys, phones, etc). They give you a lay-of-the-land, then send you on your way! Plenty of wildlife to see, overall great and scenic kayaking!!
Chad Drew
Chad D.
01:49 26 Dec 23
Claire Ackland
Claire A.
16:20 11 Nov 23
Yinan Ding
Yinan D.
04:15 15 Oct 23

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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.