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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.

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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

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
Muy bonito todo y agradable él personal capacitado
Silvestre Ortiz
Silvestre O.
20:43 10 Jul 21
Great kayaks and nice location with plenty of wild
Ashish Trivedi
Ashish T.
02:56 08 Jul 21
Greg Vargas
Greg V.
20:39 06 Jul 21
The tour guides were very nice and knowledgeable and the wildlife was everywhere.
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ubonsri W.
02:16 05 Jul 21
Most of the guides here are marine biologists, and they can give you a whole wealth of knowledge about the local animals and beyond. We had a seal come right up to our kayak to play. He even jumped up on one of them (a rare, rare occurrence that hadn’t happened to anyone our guide had worked with before, so don’t expect this to happen). But you will definitely get up close views of otters, seals, and if you’re lucky, a giant sea slug!
Anna Graeff
Anna G.
05:50 04 Jul 21
Most of the guides here are marine biologists, and they can give you a whole wealth of knowledge about the local animals and beyond. We had a seal come right up to our kayak to play. He even jumped up on one of them (a rare, rare occurrence that hadn’t happened to anyone our guide had worked with before, so don’t expect this to happen). But you will definitely get up close views of otters, seals, and if you’re lucky, a giant sea slug!
Anna Graeff
Anna G.
05:50 04 Jul 21
We had the most magical time on our sunset paddle of Elkhorn Slough. Our guide Arianna was lovely – helpful, patient, friendly, and so full of wonderful information about the wildlife of the Slough. I had very little kayak experience, but felt totally safe and well-guided. It’s an experience I’ll never forget.
Gianna Franzone
Gianna F.
12:50 30 Jun 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.