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.

Click here to view our COVID-19 protocol 

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

Markus Scherer
Markus S.
23:12 29 Nov 20
Great spot for quality rental gear in decent condition, at reasonable prices and with friendly staff. Add in Elkhorn Slough’s natural beauty and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect day out!
Joseph Clayton
Joseph C.
22:47 28 Nov 20
Great spot for quality rental gear in decent condition, at reasonable prices and with friendly staff. Add in Elkhorn Slough’s natural beauty and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect day out!
Joseph Clayton
Joseph C.
22:47 28 Nov 20
James Adams
James A.
00:03 24 Nov 20
Phil Andrews
Phil A.
22:53 15 Nov 20
Great Kayak tour experience. Service is very professional and they are very careful about covid-19. Took a guided tour to see sea otters (saw a lot of them, and harbor seals and lots of more fauna!) and my guide Kristen was great and very committed with the group and the environment. Highly recommend it.
Simon J. Ayala
Simon J. A.
01:31 02 Nov 20
Great Kayak tour experience. Service is very professional and they are very careful about covid-19. Took a guided tour to see sea otters (saw a lot of them, and harbor seals and lots of more fauna!) and my guide Kristen was great and very committed with the group and the environment. Highly recommend it.
Simon J. Ayala
Simon J. A.
01:31 02 Nov 20
Malavvika Kulashekar
Malavvika K.
21:01 01 Nov 20
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

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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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