Sunset Kayak Tour - $65 Per Person

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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.

Monterey Bay Wildlife Tour - $70 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 Southern Sea Lion, Harbor Seals, and Dolphins.

In the spring months gray whales are often 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.

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.

Sea Kayak Club - $275 Per Person (4 weeks)

Joining Sea Kayak Club is a great way to improve your confidence on the water and in a closed-deck kayak, while enjoying the fun and camaraderie of a supportive paddling group of new sea-going buddies. Take in the wonders and wildlife of the Monterey Bay as we paddle from the iconic Santa Cruz Harbor or the Elkhorn Slough at each class meeting. Sessions cover basic paddling, strokes and rescue skills. The club meets every Sunday, rain or shine!

At the end of the scheduled sessions, you have the opportunity to purchase an optional club membership card for $200 giving you 5 half day single kayak rentals. This is a special deal for club members only and will help you use your new skills as a sea kayaker. No experience necessary.

Course Outline:
Week 1- Guided Introduction to Sea Kayaking – Elkhorn Slough
Week 2 – Basic Safety & Rescue Skills – Elkhorn Slough
Week 3 – Ocean Paddling – Santa Cruz Harbor
Week 4 – Going for it! A more challenging paddle – Location dependent upon weather and marine conditions.

Private Group Tours

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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.   Prices start at a flat rate of $360 for between 1 and 4 participants, and reduce for more volume.

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). 

Point Lobos & Open Coast Tours​

Kayak Connection also offers amazing open coast tours at Point Lobos and other locations on the Central California Coast.