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Claire S wrote a review Sep 2020
Vallejo, California61 contributions19 helpful votes
The on shore communication with this organization was disappointing. Their strength lies in their off shore (on the water) navigation and communication, where I totally trusted their skills and assessments of potentially rough water, currents, more challenging caves like the “Rumbler” which was a little rough to paddle through on the day I went. Here’s what they might not clarify on shore (before you go): 1) If you must bring a phone/camera, put it in a ziplock bag and zip it into your jacket or pants pocket in the rare and unlikely event you tip over or take on water. 2) Wearing waterproof Keen’s, sandals or water shoes is a must. 3) Pay when you arrive at the beach (opposite Van Damme Park). Look for the battered looking Kayak Mendocino van. They prefer cash but card is OK. 4) Feel free to bring your own water bottle. Unlikely you’ll want snacks since you’ll be busy paddling and it’s only 1.5 hours. 5) The paddling is not rigorous and they’ll give you basic instructions if you are inexperienced. 6) Wearing a light waterproof shell is helpful but not necessary. You won’t get very wet on top. 7) You will get wet on the bottom - wear pants or shorts that you don’t mind getting wet. Best to wear shorts if weather is not too cold. Or you can roll up your pant legs if you really want to wear long pants. Don’t wear jeans - they get heavy when wet and take longer to dry out. Have a great paddle! Now that I know what to expect I would definitely paddle with these folks again next time I’m in Mendocino. Being on the water, taking in the horizon, the caves and birdlife is a joy in turbulent times.
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Date of experience: September 2020
ShanC.Ray wrote a review Aug 2020
Wolf Creek, Oregon1 contribution
Craig and Stuart were top notch. Everything is surrounded by safety. We had a tandem kayak and 12 twelve other kayaks on the ocean. we went through 2 different caves several times and had to come back to the narrower one when it wasn't safe to pass through the first time. We had a family in our group that had teens. But no small children.
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Date of experience: August 2020
Charles K wrote a review Aug 2020
Woodland, California, United States279 contributions135 helpful votes
I'd recommend. Not really much kayaking and much time waiting around. The caves were cool, and the guides were okay.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Hethar wrote a review Sep 2019
Los Angeles, California17 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I had never been kayaking so we were a little nervous but excited to try. They made it easy and fun. Craig was great about pointing out sea life and talking us through the tour. We had a blast and will definitely do this again.
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Date of experience: August 2019
Bontrot wrote a review Sep 2019
Corrales, New Mexico281 contributions113 helpful votes
Craig was an excellent guide with an eye for the sea and safety. Our tour was choppy and a couple of beginners along but the tour was well worth the adventure. Got to go into Cathedral Cave and see a seal closeup.
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Date of experience: September 2019