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Monterey Bay Kayaks

693 Del Monte Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-2406
+1 831-373-5357
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The Otter was eating a fish in front of me!!

The weather was nice, the water wasn't too cold and the the otters were out at play. I saw otters... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Doreem V
Bronx, New York, United States

This was so much fun, I couldn't recommend it higher. Our guide Courtney was really friendly and so... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Worcester, United Kingdom
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2 Amazing paddling locations - Monterey & Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing! Kayak and standup paddleboard rentals, guided tours, classes and sales both locations. Open Daily 8:30 (except Christmas Day). Closing hours change seasonally.
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  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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“sea lions” (143 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 06:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
693 Del Monte Ave, Monterey, CA 93940-2406
+1 831-373-5357

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The weather was nice, the water wasn't too cold and the the otters were out at play. I saw otters playing with one another, eating fish they caught on the bay and some simply chillin'. Can't miss the seals as they cry out making their...More

Thank Doreem V
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was so much fun, I couldn't recommend it higher. Our guide Courtney was really friendly and so knowledgable about the local nature. She was patient too, what with us crashing into her kayak at the start and then going a bit slower as I...More

1  Thank theswirly
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Upon entering the water there were a group of baby leopard sharks to our right. As our guide John was checking them out, a young Grey Whale emerged 30 feet to our left! Unbelievable! After that we saw Sea Otters, Sea Lions, Seals and got...More

1  Thank Tim L
Reviewed 18 May 2017

We had a great experience. Check in was quick and easy, we were outfitted for the weather and our guide was very knowledgeable. Couldn't ask for more.

Thank Regina B
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

I am visiting with a friend who has been here before. What a treat. We did go first thing in the morning, which I highly recommend. There was no wind. It wasn't busy yet. They outfitted us with rain jackets and pants (TAKE THE PANTS)...More

Thank Mombeto
Reviewed 11 May 2017

This was a team building outing for our leadership group. What a wonderful way to spend the day together laughing and having fun! The weather was just perfect. The kayaks, equipment and Alex our guide were all top notch. Alex shared a lot of interesting...More

Thank carlalynch2017
Reviewed 8 May 2017

John is a very laid back but professional instructor. We did the 3 hour basic w/ self-rescue and re-entry. The conditions were super flat, but John did a great job keeping the class interesting and fun. It was a great time to refresh my skills...More

Thank awilde2017
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Booked the 1.5 hour Monterey Bay kayak tour but got switched to Elkhorn Slough on the day of because of wind. It was well worth the 20 minute drive. Tons of seals, baby seals, and otters. No wind. Current wasn't bad at all. Had an...More

Thank Shep R
Reviewed 6 May 2017

We did the Sunday Sunrise kayak tour - a great way to see Monterey! The double kayaks are fun to paddle (and also easy for beginners). On the tour we saw lots of different wildlife (sea lions, sea otters, cormorants....) and learnt loads from our...More

Thank cj73199
Reviewed 5 May 2017

For years, I've wanted to kayak the Elkhorn Slough and see the sea otters. With the help of our guides Carla and Shawn at Monterey Bay Kayaks, our group got to see more sea otters than we could count, and we learned so much about...More

Thank So_where2next
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Savannah M
Can I kayak anywhere in Monterey without a guide? Do I need to get a permit to use public waters? I have my own kayak, but am not a native to Monterey. I would like to be able to go into some of the sloughs, or anywhere I can see animals and plant life.
7 March 2017|
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Response from FreitasRJ | Reviewed this property |
As far as I can tell you can kayak anywhere in the Monterey Bay you like; no guides and no permits needed and you can bring your own kayak. There is an abundance of wildlife in the bay and sloughs to see but you just need to... More
I would like to know what are the biggest differences between kayaking in Monterey Bay and the Elkhorn Slough. Is one more challenging than the other? And are we more likely to see sea otters if we kayak on the Bay? I have done both before but it was probably about15 year ago, when my kids were little. I'll be in Monterey soon with another adult and 1 fit 18 year old, and 1 fit 14y year old. I'm in decent shape, feel fine about kayaking wherever as long as its not too windy. The other adult is my cousin who hasn't kayaked before. So just thought I'd ask you about the difference in these two places. I think I'd prefer the bay, but not sure. Do you have to walk through the faves to get into the Bay or can you get in from a doc. In other words, do we get quite wet? I cannot remember how wet one gets when kayaking with your kayaks in Monterey....thanks so much in advance. Lastly, what time of the day is the calmest? Thanks, Lori Rogala :)
9 July 2016|
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Response from CALuci | Reviewed this property |
We have done Monterey Bay twice...with and without a guide and the same with Elkhorn. We saw more otters in Elkhorn. Neither is difficult, even for first timers.