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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

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
So many seals, they come right up to you
Fender Works
Fender W.
02:00 03 Sep 21
Amazing kayaking and nature experience. Staff was very kind and helpful the entire time. Highly recommend, worth every dollar spend!
Brian Mac
Brian M.
00:20 25 Aug 21
Amazing kayaking and nature experience. Staff was very kind and helpful the entire time. Highly recommend, worth every dollar spend!
Brian Mac
Brian M.
00:20 25 Aug 21
zee rivas
zee R.
00:36 22 Aug 21
Morning has less wind, easier to paddle. Only Porta potties for guest toilets. Try the guided tour for your first trip so you know all nooks to visit.
Eric Chan
Eric C.
23:29 05 Aug 21
This is my favorite place to rent kayaks when exploring the area
Travis Flora
Travis F.
20:15 25 Jul 21
Great kayaking experience!
B. Richardson
B. R.
02:11 23 Jul 21
Bill Lizarburu
Bill L.
13:42 22 Jul 21
I don’t write a lot of reviews but this is a very, very special place. I took a more advanced private lesson based on my background and some specific areas of interest but what I really noticed here was how supportive the staff was of one another and how excited they were for every person’s experience. The Moss Landing location is really unique; at first I didn’t understand why my lesson was held there but then I understood both what the water had to offer and saw the beauty of the location. I hope if you’re reading this you decide to go experience it for yourself!
Kimberly Adams
Kimberly A.
21:15 21 Jul 21
I don’t write a lot of reviews but this is a very, very special place. I took a more advanced private lesson based on my background and some specific areas of interest but what I really noticed here was how supportive the staff was of one another and how excited they were for every person’s experience. The Moss Landing location is really unique; at first I didn’t understand why my lesson was held there but then I understood both what the water had to offer and saw the beauty of the location. I hope if you’re reading this you decide to go experience it for yourself!
Kimberly Adams
Kimberly A.
21:15 21 Jul 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.