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

My family and I did a morning paddle with Blake as our guide. It was such a fantastic experience! Blake was super knowledgeable and really great with my young kids–he was really engaged with my 7yo (and all my 7yo’s questions). It was truly a memorable, awesome time. Highly recommend!
Jennifer Peterson
Jennifer P.
00:09 25 Nov 21
Went for three bioluminescent tour with my daughter and her girl scout troop. It was a great experience. Our guides were phenomenal. We had hot cocoa in our kayaks watching the stars in pitch darkness. Many wild life species. Highly recommend.
Vandana Mukherjee
Vandana M.
15:56 15 Nov 21
I have worked here before, as a kayak guide & in the shop, and it’s a beautifully run operation!I HIGHLY recommend it, and you will embark on an adventure on the water you’ll never forget!
Karen Hatch
Karen H.
10:03 15 Nov 21
Matt Sherman
Matt S.
23:53 07 Nov 21
Did sunrise and bioluminares night tours with guide Lauren. Have kayaked many times before on Elkhorn Slough never had a guide.These were great experiences.Must say bioluminares was a bit of a disappointment the rest of the trip was new and awesome.
Thomas Magill
Thomas M.
03:26 24 Oct 21
Gilad Gam
Gilad G.
22:54 04 Oct 21
Aman Nalavade
Aman N.
16:56 04 Oct 21
Tom Wright
Tom W.
22:11 01 Oct 21
I’ve been booking kayak tours with Kayak Connection for years now, and I have never had a less-than-amazing experience. This was my first time at the Moss Landing location, and I brought my girlfriend along for her first kayaking experience altogether. Our tour guide, Jake, was super knowledgeable and kept up a constant stream of facts and stories about the slough and its inhabitants, all the while making sure we were all being safe and respectful of the wildlife. We saw otters, harbor seals, cormorants, white and brown pelicans, jellyfish, and sand pipers. The whole staff was great and clearly so passionate about their jobs! We’ll be back next time for sure!
Emma Wine
Emma W.
03:23 20 Sep 21
I’ve been booking kayak tours with Kayak Connection for years now, and I have never had a less-than-amazing experience. This was my first time at the Moss Landing location, and I brought my girlfriend along for her first kayaking experience altogether. Our tour guide, Jake, was super knowledgeable and kept up a constant stream of facts and stories about the slough and its inhabitants, all the while making sure we were all being safe and respectful of the wildlife. We saw otters, harbor seals, cormorants, white and brown pelicans, jellyfish, and sand pipers. The whole staff was great and clearly so passionate about their jobs! We’ll be back next time for sure!
Emma Wine
Emma W.
03:23 20 Sep 21
Johnathan Fox
Johnathan F.
18:57 10 Sep 21
Staff is very friendly and helpful. Had a great time,can’t wait to come back!!!!
Mike Pruitt
Mike P.
22:09 04 Sep 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.