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Kayak Mendocino

Address: Van Damme State Park, Little River, CA
Phone Number: (707) 964-7480
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Homer, Alaska
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I wanted to arrange a sea kayak tour as part of the bachelor party festivities for my brother's wedding. I initially called in July to make a reservation for an October trip. Each time I called, I was given a vague response about the weather and sea state being unknown variables and the owner (Greg) was non-committal. He always seemed... More 

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Santa Rosa, CA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
9 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We called the night before and set up an afternoon kayak trip. We have kayaked many times and I always prefer a double kayak. There were 14 people on this tour and we ended up in singles. Although initially disappointed, I was happy to have a single kayak and found maneuvering it rather easy. Our guide told us in advance... More 

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St Paul, Mn
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We booked this trip based on the website and discussions with staff prior to arrival and were told the tour is fine for kids of all ages. We had our four year old with us and I was not very comfortable with him along for the ride. We had a fairly calm day, but still were some decent waves. I... More 

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Earth, Texas
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238 reviews 238 reviews
50 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Overall it was a good and interesting experience. I have to admit that the owner might be somewhat rustic and not overwhelmingly friendly, but our female tour-guide was great and did a good job explaining everything. There were at least 2 younger children on our trip and I have to say that I felt perfectly safe and secure the whole... More 

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Cary, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

A laid back business, the overall experience was excellent. While we are experienced kayakers on lakes and streams, this was our first time on the ocean. Making a reservation was as simple as giving a name and how many kayaks, wet suits were offered upon arrival, and a short lesson in kayaking was given before starting. Anna, our guide, was... More 

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2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I took my family and young children on a trip with this company. I love to kayak and wanted to see some of the coast from the sea. The area was absolutely beautiful. The guide and owner was short and snippy with the clients. There was a family of guessing Japanese on the trip. When the parents did not understand... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

On my 50th birthday my son and I thought it would be great to try something new and take this kayak trip. The area is very interesting to see, fog or shine. However, this most definitely not the company to go with if you are new to kayaking (though they wont tell you that in advance as all are welcome).... More 

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San Francisco, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We tried Kayak Mendocino and kayaking for the first time. It was an unforgettable experience. Our guide was great and took us in and out of 3-4 sea caves. It started off as a foggy morning but quickly turned into a gorgeous sunny day. Spotted a lot of sea life including purple sea urchins, iridescent Jelly Fish, lots of Star... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I had a great time with Kayak Mendocino and our guide Craig. For a 'first-timer, it was a totally immersive experience in that you are surrounded by an incredible visual and physically stimulating world. There's nothing like being in your own craft on the ocean, skirting the rocks with all kind of wild life and receiving an incredible history lesson... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

Great experience and a good value, IMO. Took the 2p coastal tour. As often happens in the area, what started as a fog-ridden, drizzly day cleared up for the couple of hours we were out on the water. (I have the sunburned shins to prove it!) There's nothing like a calm ocean kayak ride, and, if you're a fan of... More 

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