Monterey Bay Kayaks
Monterey Bay Kayaks
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Private Tours • Stand Up Paddleboarding • Kayaking & Canoeing
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Sea kayak and standup paddleboard rentals, guided tours, classes and sales at two amazing wildlife locations, Monterey and Elkhorn Slough @ Moss Landing! Open daily 9:00 (except Christmas). See website for holiday hours. Closing hours changes seasonally.
Monterey, California
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Joel C
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Friends
What an amazing outing. I’ve been thinking about kayak rock fishing for sometime now. I ended up asking a buddy who was also interested to join me before we commit to such a big purchase. We ended up bringing our sons who are about the same age. After the tour all my questions were answered and everyone had a blast, not to mention some memorable catches. Our guide, Will, was professional and knowledgeable. I recommend him if you plan on doing this tour. Will really took us rock fishing….. he actually caught a rock, It was the side of a softball. I will be buying a kayak soon and looking to catch my very own rock. Thanks Will and Monterey Bay Kayaks for a Father and son trip we will never forget.
Written August 11, 2022
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ellenjoljung
Geneva, IL9 contributions
Sep 2021
We are avid kayakers who have paddled on five continents, so we always seek local paddling when we're traveling. We did their Monterey Bay tour and absolutely loved it! Our guide, Josh, was truly informative and very skilled at working with paddlers of different experience levels. I was a bit anxious about the heavy surf at the put-in and take-out [after a squall the previous day], especially given my dysfunctional knees and the memory of a capsize in surf like that in Sicily], but Josh launched and retrieved each of us with no trouble. Sea lions, seals, and cormorants abounded, and we were sorry when the paddle ended. Although we avoid sit-ons as a rule, these boats were really comfortable with proper back support, and Josh adjusted the boat for each of us. We had such a good time that we're already planning to return for an evening paddle and the Elkhorn Slough next June. First rate operation!
Written October 3, 2021
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David B
Inglewood, CA5 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Simply amazing. Recommended beyond measure. Lovely guides, stunning scenery with otters, seals and birds everywhere. There was some wind, but even us inexperienced kayakers were more than able to manage. My eye sight is far from 20-20 but I saw more than I expected. Respect the marine life and enjoy this fabulous day
Written August 10, 2022
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Bailey N
Snohomish, WA8 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The sunrise kayak was so much fun. It was a gorgeous morning and our guides were very accommodating and informative. It was however so cold! Which no one can help the weather and the guides did what they could to help us warm up, but I would recommend bringing some sort of water shoes if you go in the winter. If our toes were even just a little bit warmer it would have been a game changer! Overall this was great though!
Written January 20, 2020
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Christina Theresa
1 contribution
Feb 2020
This was both mine and my boyfriends first time kayaking and we absolutely loved it! Natalie was our tour guide and she was such delight; very friendly and informative. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the rental fees include all day rentals; you can take the tour, go out to lunch and come back to go out again on your own! I was also thankful that they have a selection of wet suits and windbreakers for you to wear, I ended up switching my own jacket out for a windbreaker that was more appropriate for kayaking.
Overall it was so much fun and we can't wait to go again!
Written February 19, 2020
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Lo
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Mar 2021 • Business
Booked a tour with this company and planned my whole day around it, rushing to make it on time and leaving Carmel sightseeing. When I got there they informed me that they had cancelled the tour because not enough people had signed up. I wish they would have contacted me before I showed up (you are supposed to get there 30 minutes before so even if they had called me an hour before it would have been appreciated). It impacted the timeline of my day and wasted my time :( just disappointed
Written March 26, 2021
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hart and col
Bozeman, MT46 contributions
Dec 2019
We did a 9am kayak around the bay. Since we had young kids we had to have a guide with us but we totally preferred it that way because she was amazing. Our guide was a pre-school education major that also knew tons about the coastal wildlife. She was great with the boys and made everyone feel safe while still having a great time. We saw sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, and all sorts of birds that our guide knew the names of but I have forgotten. Truly a great experience that we would highly recommend for any family visiting or living the the Monterey Bay area. Plus they make it very easy by suppling the wetsuits and splash guards as well as the equipment.
Written January 2, 2020
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lovetotrip
Ripon, CA6 contributions
Jan 2020
The trip was lovely, but the guide, Nick was wonderful. Didn't have a prepared script, but talked about what we were interested in, answered our questions with clear knowledgeable answers and best of all listed to our stories! Weather was overcast, but they make sure you are warm and comfortable. Perfect for taking pictures.
Written January 21, 2020
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Grannie Annie
2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
After visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium getting out in kayaks to see the sea otters, seals and birds in their natural environment was beyond fabulous. Our guide was knowledgeable and attentive to our safety and the safety of the animals. Strongly recommended for all ages.
Written January 4, 2020
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Theresa A
30 contributions
Mar 2022
We kayaked as part of a group in conjunction with Sea Otter Savvy. The guides were very helpful and made sure everyone was properly outfitted and understood what to do. We had folks who had kayaked before and those who hadn't. The guides respected distance for the otters and shared information freely. They clearly respected the wildlife and ensured we didn't disturb the animals. It was a great experience and everyone enjoyed it very much.
Written March 13, 2022
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