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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Todd B
League City, TX66 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
What an amazing day of kayaking. We have talked about doing this for years and finally pulled the trigger. So glad we did. We had no experience and think we did ok. Matt and Eric were our guides and were phenomenal. Helped us in launching/recovery and so informative. I am a bit of an ocean nerd and Matt was on point with information about the sea life that call the bay home. The communication with the shop was excellent leading up to trip and we had to cancel part of our group due to injury and that was not a problem. I would highly recommend this company and this adventure.
Written November 1, 2022
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liveandlove2travel
Marietta, GA153 contributions
Oct 2022
My husband, daughter and I did the guided kayaking tour with Sam. He was so knowledgeable and wonderful in instructing too. He pointed out a variety of birds and animals while providing interesting information on their habitat, preferences, and migratory patterns, etc. We plan to try another tour with this company again soon!
Written October 3, 2022
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Neil H
2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Awesome Kayak tour with Danny. Very knowledgable about the area and the wildlife. We saw harbour seals and sea lions up close. Highlight was watching the sea otters. Highly recommend you book the tour with these guys.
Written September 25, 2022
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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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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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Sarah
New York City, NY12 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
This kayaking is in no way an adventure. You see a few otters once, so far in the distance. I wear contacts and couldn’t even see them. You then ride to some cement wall to look at a couple crabs. The rest of the time you are being yelled to “keep paddling” and educated on otters. Very boring.
Written July 14, 2022
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B L A Barclay
Atlanta, GA14 contributions
This was so much fun. We got to Kayak with the sea otters! We Kayak all the time but this was unique. The company has a lot of other things to try too. Hydro bikes and both single and tandem kayaks. We bought gear to wear but they have gear to wear you can borrow at no extra cost! Awesome.
Written July 8, 2022
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skye b
Clemson, SC304 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
This was by far the best experience of our trip to Monterey. The aquarium was neat but to then paddle around the kelp beds in the ocean and see the otters playing or the seals being curious about our boat was simply amazing. Animals in an aquarium are nice but in the wild doing their natural behaviors is so much better. Best $$ spent.
Written March 17, 2022
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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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Jessica
Irvine, CA8 contributions
Jan 2022
We did a morning kayaking excursion a few weeks ago that was truly memorable. Due to it being a weekday, no one else besides our pair had signed up so we had a private tour with Matt would was an amazing guide. We ended up getting to see far more than we expected -- from a raft of otters to a paddle around the entire marina. Matt was extremely informative and it was a joyous couple of hours. Highly recommend!
Written February 5, 2022
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