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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.

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.

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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

Extremely cool experience where you can just kayak around and every so often sea otters or sea lions will come up close to you! Unique and super cute
Avery Lamp
Avery L.
21:57 25 Nov 22
The staff at the Kayak Connection were very professional, informative and friendly. We were greeted kindly, filled out our paperwork quickly and then were outfitted and briefed efficiently. The staff helped us into our kayaks and off we went to explore. The Elkhorn Slough was teeming with wildlife, seals, otters, sea lions, birds, we had a great paddle. Thank you Kayak Connection! Let’s keep this area special!
Tom
Tom
23:50 16 Nov 22
The staff at the Kayak Connection were very professional, informative and friendly. We were greeted kindly, filled out our paperwork quickly and then were outfitted and briefed efficiently. The staff helped us into our kayaks and off we went to explore. The Elkhorn Slough was teeming with wildlife, seals, otters, sea lions, birds, we had a great paddle. Thank you Kayak Connection! Let’s keep this area special!
Tom
Tom
23:50 16 Nov 22
Excellent trip, guided expertly and with good humour by Ben.
Gavin Truter
Gavin T.
22:21 14 Nov 22
Un peu cher, mais très agréable
Philippe Molson
Philippe M.
02:06 14 Nov 22
vijay anand
vijay A.
18:45 19 Oct 22
Took Coastal Sea Kayaking Level 2 course (self rescue). Tough. Learned a lot. Great instructors.
Brent Cyca
Brent C.
01:58 16 Oct 22
Sandra Sanchez
Sandra S.
18:14 22 Sep 22
Great experience for our scout troop
Steve Nguyen
Steve N.
19:25 18 Sep 22
The home of evil otters.
Oscar
Oscar
00:14 14 Sep 22
Jake was an excellent tour guide and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended. Well worth the money.
Jenn Wilson
Jenn W.
22:22 11 Sep 22
Very fun outing with the family and the owner very nice and accommodating! Will go again
Andrea Fletcher
Andrea F.
00:48 09 Sep 22

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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.