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Elkhorn Slough Safari

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Address: 8022 Moss Landing Road B, Moss Landing, CA 95039
Phone Number: +1 831-633-5555
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Incredible sea life education and photo op

I went out on the slough with a bunch of photographers. The Safari pilot was fantastic in not only taking us way into the slough and navigating us to Sea Otters galore. We were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Los Gatos, California
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Los Gatos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went out on the slough with a bunch of photographers. The Safari pilot was fantastic in not only taking us way into the slough and navigating us to Sea Otters galore. We were able to photograph sea otters eating on the their backs with their babies in tow. Not just a few, but dozens and dozens. Also every type... More 

Thank donwolf20
Ontario, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have taken this trip in the past and always enjoyed seeing all the birds and marine mammals. The business has changed ownership, and I must say I enjoyed the outing even more this time!! The captain and deck hand were great. Austin, the naturalist on board did a fantastic job of identifying numerous bird species, sea lions, harbor seals,... More 

Thank kdheim
Applegate, Oregon
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I did this excursion last February and was fortunate enough to hit a mild sunny day. A soggy day would definitely dampen the fun on this tour. I was also fortunate to get the last seat on the boat that holds about two dozen people. I got in with a day's notice but reservations are frequently necessary. The pontoon boat... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Only six guests and three naturalists on board plus great weather made for an enjoyable morning. Good variety of birds along with otters, sea lions and seals. A nice trip for nature-loving families, including kids of any age. Recommended.

Thank Underdog_TN
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77 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

We took this cruise on our way back to San Francisco from Monterey, with the goal of getting a closer view of the local wildlife. They definitely delivered, with dozens of Harbor Seals, California Sea Lions, and Sea Otters, as well as more than 30 species of birds. The crew was very well informed, and did a good job of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

If you have a little travel/picnic blanket in the trunk of your car like I do, I’d recommend bringing it along, even if it seems like a warm day. On the way back, the boat heads directly into to the wind, and that wind off the water can be quite chilly. Another nice thing about a blanket is that you... More 

Thank Jim_and_Barbie
Houston, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Highly recommend! We weren't sure what to expect, but booked based on other positive reviews. It was one of the highlights of our visit to the Monterey Peninsula. Maggie (naturalist) and Captain Joe were so helpful in pointing out a myriad of birds and other wildlife. Their enthusiasm and genuine love and appreciation of nature showed through. Professional, well organized,... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

We saw lots of wild life which included a baby otter and a nice Blue Herring. We also learned that Mr. Hewlet purchase the area to keep it natural and not turn into another over developed area.

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Dundas, Canada
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116 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

So glad we did this tour. We had considered whale watching but had done those types of trips before. The Safari took us into the slough where we saw not only harbour seals, sea lions but lots of sea otters and over 31 different kinds of sea birds. Our naturalist and the captain were very knowledgeable providing excellent commentary and... More 

Thank OurWanderingCasa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Elkhorn Slough. We saw many otters, seals, and birds. The crew was very excited when some of the passengers (and crew) saw an elephant seal in the harbor before we left. That was rare and to see the crew taking as many pictures as the passengers proved how rare it was. They were... More 

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