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Kayak Connection is Monterey Bay’s favorite outfitter for sea kayaking and paddleboarding rentals, sales, lessons and tours.

single sit on top kayak

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.

stand up paddle boarding

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

Fun fun fun. The slough is full of seas critters and this place gives you the rides you need to explore there
Wes Hammond
Wes H.
13:05 17 May 22
Ricardo Gutierrez
Ricardo G.
19:39 10 May 22
Arash Horoufi
Arash H.
21:58 07 May 22
Daniel Yum
Daniel Y.
06:12 25 Apr 22
Wonderful staff, great equipment that kept us warm and dry for over 3 hours of kayaking, beautiful location!
Shanney Zhang
Shanney Z.
05:01 17 Apr 22
The staff are lovely here. So kind and knowledgeable. The gear is in great shape. We rented to sit in double kayaks- the spray skirts are necessary to keep you dry. We had two adults and two kids under ten.We saw harbor seals with their babies, otters with babies and lots of birds. The pelicans were fishing around us too.The double kayaks we had offered a different which made starring in light wind easier. We had a fantastic time.
Kara Alkire
Kara A.
18:42 10 Apr 22
The staff are lovely here. So kind and knowledgeable. The gear is in great shape. We rented to sit in double kayaks- the spray skirts are necessary to keep you dry. We had two adults and two kids under ten.We saw harbor seals with their babies, otters with babies and lots of birds. The pelicans were fishing around us too.The double kayaks we had offered a different which made starring in light wind easier. We had a fantastic time.
Kara Alkire
Kara A.
18:42 10 Apr 22
Did a private guided kayak tour with Jake and it was awesome. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend. I’ve never been so close to marine life ever, saw soooo many sea otters, it was awesome!
Dianna Forssander
Dianna F.
21:28 03 Apr 22
Did a private guided kayak tour with Jake and it was awesome. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend. I’ve never been so close to marine life ever, saw soooo many sea otters, it was awesome!
Dianna Forssander
Dianna F.
21:28 03 Apr 22
What a great place, friendly personable service!! We definitely recommend them and will come here again!!! They have sit upon kayaks and the type you sit in and 3 person kayaks. Nice to have options!! Thanks Margo for your help!!!
Cheri Jensen
Cheri J.
20:48 29 Mar 22
What a great place, friendly personable service!! We definitely recommend them and will come here again!!! They have sit upon kayaks and the type you sit in and 3 person kayaks. Nice to have options!! Thanks Margo for your help!!!
Cheri Jensen
Cheri J.
20:48 29 Mar 22
George Brienza-Larsen
George B.
21:35 09 Mar 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.