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Elkhorn Slough Safari

8022 Moss Landing Rd # B, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9651
+1 831-633-5555
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Great trip!

This is a gentle boat ride through Elkhorn Slough, but dont think it's boring! We saw harbor seals... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Linda C
via mobile
Memories are made of this!

This should be the number one destination for anyone visiting the Monterey area or Big Sur. You... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bill A
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8022 Moss Landing Rd # B, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9651
+1 831-633-5555
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a gentle boat ride through Elkhorn Slough, but dont think it's boring! We saw harbor seals, sea lions, nesting cormorants, LOTS of otters, and LOTS of different birds. We aren't birders, but we learned a lot about the local feathered friends. The captain...More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This should be the number one destination for anyone visiting the Monterey area or Big Sur. You will see more sea otters in one hour than you might see the rest of your life. And you will be close enough to count their whiskers. You...More

Thank Bill A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sea Lions, seals, lots of birds and so many otters. We even saw a baby otter. We actually saw over 90 sea otters. The naturalist was very knowledgeable and did a wonderful job of answering any questions. I really was impressed and thankful that they...More

Thank LV2travelmore
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We spent four nights in the Monterey area and experienced many of the area's attractions in that time. The Elkhorn Slough Safari was the most enjoyable attraction for the money in the area. The boat operators were very professional and knowledgeable, making sure that our...More

Thank labdad
Reviewed 11 May 2017

We were a group of 25 who pre booked a charter a month in advance.the pontoon boat with a naturalist on board as well. We saw wonderful sea life from start to finish. The pontoon boat is comfortable with good views from anywhere on the...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 6 May 2017

What a wonderful way to start the day! A trip on a pontoon-like vessel down the Elkhorn Slough (pronounced slew) with our genuinely enthusiastic and very knowledgeable guide, Austin. We saw masses of harbour seals, sea lions and sea otters and their pups, and umpteen...More

1  Thank loreli2015
Reviewed 28 April 2017

If you are in the Monterey, CA area, and particularly if you're with kids, don't miss this opportunity! You get on a flat boat, like a party boat, with maybe 30 people, a captain and a very verbal "guide." You glide thru this slough and...More

2  Thank NYBob6
Reviewed 28 April 2017

The best part of the trip is the knowledgeable naturalist who accompanies you. We saw lots of wildlife, but more importantly learned a lot.

Thank Beatrice Ring R
Reviewed 23 April 2017

I have lived in the Santa Cruz area for 5 years now and have been on all the ocean field trips and kayaking with my kids. I thought I had seen and known it all about the Elkhorn Slough wildlife (sea lions, harbor seals, otters,...More

2  Thank thejoyciecat
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Visiting Elkhorn Slough in spring is perfect as the range of animals and birds are supplemented by the addition of adorable babies and/or prospective parents in courting phase. Seeing the wildlife is made all the more amazing thanks to the information given by the knowledgeable...More

Thank Janet D
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Does this boat stay in the slough? After whale watching, I don't think my stomach can take another bouncy boat! :)
15 June 2017|
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Response from labdad | Reviewed this property |
Stays in the Slough, completely smooth ride
Are the tours rain or shine?
25 December 2016|
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Response from mgoode79 | Reviewed this property |
I wouldnt think a drizzle would be a problem...we have taken it when the air was damp, but came prepared. They are always prepared, so even if you are not they will take care of you!