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Elkhorn Slough Safari

Address: 8022 Moss Landing Road B, Moss Landing, CA 95039
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We reserved seats a couple of days in advance of our trip to the Elkhorn Slough. The price is reasonable for the one and ¾ hour trip into the slough. After signing the requisite release papers we boarded the pontoon boat and were issued life jackets. Our trip took us through the marina where we saw about 280 sea lions... More 

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Livermore, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

If you are into marine animals, this is an awesome trip to take. Capt Yohn Gideon takes us on a slow cruise around the slough on a pontoon boat (very safe, life jackets provided). Springtime is the best time to go when you will see mammal and wetlands birds in abundance, great photo ops for photographers. There are sea lions,... More 

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Pleasant Hill, California
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Read the Safari website and follow their directions as far as clothing and gear you will need. The boat ride was smooth and comfortable - used the binoculars to get really close up views- and the camera to save them. The onboard naturalist was excellent - explaining in detail the wildlife we were viewing - along with their behavior. She... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The Elkhorn Slough Safari is approximately 2 hrs on a comfortable boat. There were about 20 people on our trip, which left at 12:30 on a lovely sunny day. As we left we saw dozens of harbour seals on jetties and stretched out on the back of boats, all honking incessantly, then lots of cormorants and some pelicans on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

After numerous whale watching trips it was time for a change. I was apprehensive when my daughter suggested a trip with Elkhorn Slough Safari. I am so happy we did this trip. We saw an abundance of wild life, otters, sea lions, seals, birds to numerous to mention. Everyone participated in the species count, helping the official counters. It was... More 

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Sherman Oaks, Ca
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19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I am usually not a tour kind of person, but when I saw the great reviews on Trip Advisor I decided to give this a try. The boat is open and there are no bathroom facilities. You MUST dress warm and a good hat for the sun is very helpful. We went out on 9/8/14 at 1:00PM. We left the... More 

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San Jose, CA
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4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

If you don't feel like renting a kayak, this is a nice way to see the slough. At times the tour seemed to be geared towards school groups, so at times I would have rather have had a more adult focused discussion. However, it was still informative and pretty.

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Seattle
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Yes, we normally avoid tours, especially when risking being trapped on a boat with 30+ other tourists. We prefer quieter settings. But had we skipped this we would have missed the excellent naturalist services of the Captain and Dannie, 90 odd sea otters, hundreds of sea lions, multiple harbor seals and 20 distinct bird species including 4 additions to a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Sorry for the silliness. I went on this tour hoping to see an otter. I saw TONS. And learned so much about the other wildlife in the slough. Our guide Laura managed to give lots of information to the adults AND keep the youngsters interested. This is a must see.

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Brantford, Ontario, Canada
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

My husband and son took a kayak through Elkhorn Slough and enjoyed their experience. But I think that I got a better view of birds and marine life on the Elkhorn Safari because we were able to cover more ground. It was a photographer's dream!!! I saw over 90 each of sea otters, seals, and sea lions (they kept a... More 

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