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Venture Quest Day Kayaking

#2 Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #7 of 32 activities in Santa Cruz
Type: Tours
Most recent review
- Aug 6, 2014
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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My teenage daughters both went on a guided kayak trip with Kevin and had a great time. Plenty of time was spent explaining how the kayaks work and how paddle, etc. Once all the kayaks in the group were in the water, they got more than the two hours of time that they expected. It was a great day and... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Just got back from a fun short trip to Santa Cruz, CA. A highlight was renting a kayak from Oliver and Kevin at Venture Quest Kayaking right on the famous Santa Cruz wharf. I had never kayaked in the ocean - only in lakes and rivers. Thanks to the Venture Quest Kayaking experts tips and top rate equipment - it... More

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Manlius, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We had a great time with this company yesterday, Spent about 2 hrs in kayaks around the Santa Cruz warf . Kevin, our Irish guide, was amazing. We got to see sea lions basking on the platform beneath the warf itself while we were in the water. Then while in the kelp beds we saw sea otters, harbor seals, and... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We did this on a Groupon, but it is certainly worth the full price. Excellent equipment, instruction and location for kayaking. Our guide, Kristen was well versed in all the marine life, seals, sea lions, otters, birds. And there were hundreds all around us. Will definitely come back again.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

You can come as you are on a whim. They have waterproof clothes you put over your clothes and booties. You launch from out on the pier so no waves or surf landing. Nice tour with knowledgable guides. Saw so much wildlife and can watch the surfers from their level. Ask for Bill. He made us feel safe.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

What an experience. Arrived at the location met by friendly professional staff. Kitted out with good quality equipment and briefed on safety and wildlife rules and regulations by our tour guide Nicole .Launch from pier requires some agility as when low tide you have to climb down several feet on ladder into kayak. This was not a problem as Nicole... More

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Lacombe, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We booked the Caves tour via email then switched to Elkhorn Slough and are happy we did, There were two groups of 5 and they had two guides. We saw seals, otters, sea lions, dolphins and many birds. We even tried following a whale boat to see whales but it was too far out. The tour was great for the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

My sons and I had a fantastic three hour guided tour of the bay with a guide called Wade. Throughly knowledgable guide to the waters we kayaked. We saw numerous sea lions,rare harbour seals very close to our kayaks and best of all sea otters with young after we stopped in the kelp forest. If you only do one water... More

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

It's nice to try something new. Something out of my comfort zone. I shared the double kayak with my bf. We were the only ones for this tour so it's nice to have the one-on-one. Unfortunately, my boyfriend's seat was quite comfortable so he wasn't a very happy camper. We picked the morning tour so the water is calmer. Just... More

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Fremont, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We had only kayaked on a lake so weren't sure we'd be able to handle the ocean. However it was a calm day and Venture Quest supplies everything - equipment and knowledge-wise. Some comments, you will get splashed. If its warm it may not bother you, but they do supply water proof jackets and spray skirts for you. You may... More

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