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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.

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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

Our Guide at Kayak Connection was really knowledgeable of the wild life, and made the trip an amazing experience. It was really an enjoyable and relaxing trip. Thank you Mark. Make sure to ask for him, he is your guide.
steve tubbs
steve T.
19:18 21 Jun 21
Our Guide at Kayak Connection was really knowledgeable of the wild life, and made the trip an amazing experience. It was really an enjoyable and relaxing trip. Thank you Mark. Make sure to ask for him, he is your guide.
steve tubbs
steve T.
19:18 21 Jun 21
Been awhile since I’ve been out kayaking but it was definitely fun. Got to see some cool things, got some photos and video. Definitely worth the time they allow you to be out. Staff was friendly and caring. I’d recommend going here if you’re in the area and just want to stroll out in the slough. I’d probably recommend using the pants if you don’t want to get too wet, we opted out but then realized at the end we should have.
Daniel Celaya
Daniel C.
00:19 20 Jun 21
Been awhile since I’ve been out kayaking but it was definitely fun. Got to see some cool things, got some photos and video. Definitely worth the time they allow you to be out. Staff was friendly and caring. I’d recommend going here if you’re in the area and just want to stroll out in the slough. I’d probably recommend using the pants if you don’t want to get too wet, we opted out but then realized at the end we should have.
Daniel Celaya
Daniel C.
00:19 20 Jun 21
Finn Harkness
Finn H.
22:45 16 Jun 21
chris boisjolie
chris B.
20:53 10 Jun 21
Vijay Mariadassou
Vijay M.
23:33 29 May 21
Great paddle at Elkhorn Slough. Baby seals and otters at play. Lots of birds. Informative guide.
Barbara Williamson
Barbara W.
02:12 28 May 21
Great paddle at Elkhorn Slough. Baby seals and otters at play. Lots of birds. Informative guide.
Barbara Williamson
Barbara W.
02:12 28 May 21
Today we had another great day Kayaking with Kayak Connection and I want to thank Jess and another worker (didn’t catch his name) for providing excellent customer service! 💪⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
J Mathews
J M.
22:04 18 May 21
We love renting kayaks from Kayak Connection at Elkhorn Slough. The staff is friendly and the wildlife in the slough is AMAZING!
Connie M
Connie M
15:16 12 May 21
Jinux Kim
Jinux K.
20:35 02 May 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.