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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.

Pride Paddle - $55 Per Person

Come connect with your local queer community through our first ever Pride Paddle social event!! To celebrate Pride month, every Friday evening in June we will be hosting a 2 hour paddling social. This paddle will be focused on celebrating and supporting the queer community, while also giving a safe space for participants to socialize, meet new people, and enjoy a fun recreational activity. One of our experienced staff will accompany your group. Participants can reserve our sit on top kayaks or stand up paddleboards!

Kayak Fishing Clinic - $200 Per Person

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 trip now. Age requirement: at least 14 years old.

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.

Summer Nights Beach Party Paddle - $85 Per Person​

Do you love the Crow’s Nest’s famous Thursday night beach parties? Now you can arrive in true Santa Cruz style by kicking off your evening with a guided kayaking tour alongside the party!

Learn about the ecology of Monterey Bay, enjoy marine mammal sightings and enjoy some live music from the water, as our guides lead you through the harbor and out onto the bay if conditions are calm. At 6:30, you’’ll disembark your kayak at the dock just below the party, with plenty of time to enjoy the live band, Crow’s Nest BBQ & outdoor bar! Waterproof bags & water resistant pants will be provided for this beginner friendly tour so you can bring everything you need for the party!

Harbor Stand Up Paddle Boarding Tour​ - $85 Per Person

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.

School Group Tours

school group tours

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.

Corporate Retreat Tours

kayaking during the fall season

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.

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.