Santa Cruz Wildlife Tour - $125 per person

This favorite tour of locals and visitors alike leaves the Santa Cruz Harbor to explore the kelp forests of the Monterey Bay. Frequent wildlife sightings include the always popular Southern Sea Otter, California Sea Lion, Harbor Seals and various species of dolphins.

In the spring months, Gray Whales can be spotted, with summer bringing Humpbacks close to shore for a feeding frenzy. Participants will be treated to views of the Walton Lighthouse, Steamer Lane, Seal Rock, the Santa Cruz Wharf, and the Beach Boardwalk. No experience is necessary for this 3 hour tour.

Sunset Kayak Tour - $85 per person

Join us for our most popular outing in Santa Cruz. We meet 2 hours before sunset and go out for a paddle in the company of otters, seals, herons, and pelicans to watch the sky turn pink as the sun sets on the Central Coast.

Paddling a double kayak is a great adventure for both beginners and experts. Bring your friends and have your own sunset adventure out in the Monterey Bay. No kayaking experience necessary.

Spring Wildlife Tour - $145 per person

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More sunlight and seasonal upwelling mean that Spring is a busy time in the Monterey Bay! March through May are the peak months to see Gray Whales passing close to shore during their northward migration from Baja California to the Bering Sea. Gregarious groups of young California Sea Lions arrive here from southern breeding areas, Harbor Seal pups are born, and various sea birds gather in large numbers to build nests or find and court mates before migrating north. Don’t miss out on the action!

Experience ocean kayaking OR at least an intermediate level of physical fitness is recommended for this four hour tour.

New Year, New Hobby - $85 Per Person

Is your New Year’s Resolution to be more active in 2024? Looking for a new hobby or way to connect to the natural environment? Try paddling!

Whether you’d like to try kayaking for the first time, or just fine tune your skills and confidence, this two hour tour will ignite that passion to enjoy paddling on your own and with friends all year long. Our guides teach you kayaking strokes & basic risk management & share some favorite local paddling destinations.

To help keep this hobby going, tour participants get 50% off any two rentals before May 1st!

Harbor Stand Up Paddle Boarding Tour​

The Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor is the perfect place for paddle boarding. The calm waters are great for exploring the Santa Cruz vibe with a local guide and friends. Standing above the water you will enjoy unique views of marine life, Twin Lakes Beach, the Walton Lighthouse and the Monterey Bay. This is a two hour tour. No experience is necessary.

Corporate Retreat Tours

These beginner-friendly guided tours offer a unique way to bring team members together for bonding and unforgettable memories outside the office. Kayaking out of the Santa Cruz Harbor is an experience that will challenge and unite your team.

With the guidance of our expert kayak instructors, your group can paddle safety through the waters off the Santa Cruz coast while employing skills like communication, perseverance, and teamwork.

Our Santa Cruz location can accommodate tours up to 30 people.

School Group Tours

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School tours are one of our specialties! We have a 30-year track record of hosting educational on-water programs that leave kids inspired to talk about their kayak adventure for years to come.

We are happy to work with you to tie your lesson plans in with your students’ experience on the water, and custom-tailor curriculum to suit your school’s goals.

Our guides are well versed in the biology and ecology of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and can discuss the natural history of the area in a fun, interactive and meaningful way.

Private Group Tours

You can book any of our beginner or intermediate Monterey Bay tours for your group if the times that are listed don’t fit your schedule, or if you want more privacy.

We also customize our private tours to your specific requests or event theme (i.e. Birthday Parties, Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties, Team Building, Kayak Camping Preparedness Training). Please call for pricing.

Kayak Fishing Clinic - $200 Per Person

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Want to try kayak fishing for the first time, or hope to pick up some tips and tricks of the trade from a local expert?

Just a short paddle from our dock at the Santa Cruz Harbor are a number of areas productive for rockfish, lingcod and halibut from May through October! Clinics are limited to six people per guide, so book your weekend trip now.

Clinic Details:
A valid CA fishing license is required. All kayak equipment, rods and reels will be provided. Participants supply their own basic tackle items, but will receive a small tackle box with rock cod jigs, sabiki rigs, weights, swim bait, as well as a bag of sliced squid.

Not Sure Which Tour to Choose?

Just give us a call or send us a message and we’ll be happy to help you think through the options.