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Experience the amazing wetland wildlife on our elkhorn slough tours, we are local & family-owned.

The Elkhorn Slough Tour provides amazing wildlife viewing aboard the El Cat, an innovative, custom, fully electric catamaran, built right here in Moss Landing by us. As you glide cleanly and quietly through the meandering channels led by our experienced captain and crew, you’ll be treated to a spectacle of vibrant wetlands and lush marshes teeming with an array of wildlife. During a tour, you will see otters, sea lions, harbor seals, and a diverse population of birds, as the Elkhorn Slough is part of the Pacific Flyway.

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ELKHORN SLOUGH TOUR

Electric Catamaran Tours

From $45 • 1.5 Hours • All Ages

Join us on a one-of-a-kind, electric-powered catamaran ride for a wildlife tour along with one of California’s largest tidal waterways, the Elkhorn Slough. Our naturalist on board will assist in wildlife spotting, providing insight into the natural wonders of the Slough, and to answer any questions during your tour!

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SUNSET TOURS ON THE ELKHORN SLOUGH

Join us on a one-of-a-kind, electric-powered catamaran ride for a narrated wildlife tour along one of California’s largest tidal waterways during one of the best time’s of the day – sunset. You are welcome to BYOB during this relaxing and educational sunset tour!

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Enjoy a narrated cruise along the Elkhorn Slough, a vibrant and lively wetland located on Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Monterey in Moss Landing.

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ABOUT MONTEREY BAY ECO TOURS

Reconnecting people with nature is what we do! Embark on an eco-conscious adventure with Monterey Bay Eco Tours, dedicated to fostering a genuine connection between people and the natural world. Our El Cat tour not only offers a low-impact journey into the heart of the Elkhorn Slough but also guarantees a responsible encounter with wildlife. Our sunset tour is a great option to enjoy the Slough at the best time of day!

Our tour aboard the El Cat takes you into nature with minimal impact. Not only does the El Cat have zero emissions, but our captains are also respectful of nature, allowing you to see the magical wildlife without affecting their behavior.

ABOUT THE EL CAT

The El Cat is a 37′ fully electric, 32-passenger, Coast Guard-certified vessel. This unique catamaran is designed specifically for the calm waters of the Elkhorn Slough by our very own Joe Kitchell at Left Coast Composites. The boat is made from vacuum-infused carbon fiber/fiberglass, with 2 Elco electric motors running on 48 volts.

With the El Cat’s innovative design, including its fully electric propulsion and environmentally considerate approach led by our knowledgeable captains, you can immerse yourself in the captivating realm of Elkhorn Slough’s magical inhabitants while leaving only ripples in your wake.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY TOURS IN MOSS LANDING ★★★★★

We had an amazing time today on this tour. The guides were knowledgeable, easy going and more than happy to answer our questions. We can’t wait to do this again when we visit Monterey again. Thanks again Eco tours, it was great!!! Hemig’s

Very fun and relaxing tour! We had a lot of fun and got to see a lot of wildlife with a good explanation of the species we were seeing. It didn’t feel like a tourist trap and felt the price was fair for the effort put forth.

A wonderful way to get out on the water for those who don't feel comfortable with the motion of boats. The guides were very knowledgeable and explained a lot about the wildlife and we were absolutely delighted to see so many otters !

Joey and Aaron took us out on an electric quiet catamaran. Thus eco. We saw seals, otters, sea lion snd many birds. They were extremely knowledgeable personable and interesting. We even talked about the brain health issues of the otters and their quirky behavior. Would highly recommend.

We took our granddaughter age 10 for the tour of Elkhorn Slough. It was very well organized and the naturalist on board gave an excellent commentary. We saw a great many otters with pups, large groups of pelicans and some harbor seals. It was a nice way to do something safely with our granddaughter outside.

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Elkhorn Slough Information

What is the elkhorn slough, and where is it located.

The Elkhorn Slough is a 7-mile-long estuary and tidal slough located in Monterey Bay, California.

Known nationally as a pristine ecological treasure, The Elkhorn Slough spans over 45,000 acres (5,000 of which are protected by The Nature Conservancy ) and provides essential habitat for countless species of birds, marine animals, and plants.

Together, The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation collaborate with community agencies and governments to protect and preserve the slough’s critical habitats. Currently, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) manages the reserve.

How Was Elkhorn Slough Formed?

Elkhorn Slough is part of an extensive estuarine network, and the area’s evolution is inexorably linked to sea-level changes.

At the time of the last glacial period, the sea level in the Monterey area was about 120 m lower than it is today, which allowed a freshwater river to flow through the heart of Elkhorn Valley, out to Monterey Bay.

Approximately 18,000 years ago, the earth’s glaciers began to melt, causing rapid worldwide sea level rises. As sea levels rose, ocean water from the Monterey Bay was forced up into the mouths of Moro Cojo and Elkhorn sloughs, converting what used to be freshwater streambeds to tidal inlets, vibrant with marine life, including clams and oysters.

About 8,000 years ago, the influx of ocean water decreased slightly, allowing heavy sediment to accumulate in the tidal wetlands, creating an expansive environment of mudflats and salt marshes.

Today, Elkhorn Slough and similar seasonal estuary environments provide essential habitat that supports a rich and diverse mixture of marine life, including mammals, invertebrates, fishes, birds, and plants.

These areas also provide critical recreational opportunities for local and visiting nature lovers who want to experience the beauty of the Monterey Bay area.

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What is Unique About Elkhorn Slough?

There’s so much to love about Elkhorn Slough! Here are a few of our favorite facts about the area:

  • According to NOAA , Elkhorn slough provides critical habitat for more than 550 species of invertebrates, 135 species of migratory birds, and 100 species of fish.
  • Elkhorn Slough’s salt marsh is the second largest in California, after San Francisco Bay.
  • California has lost more than 90% of its estuaries, which makes the Elkhorn Slough even more precious .
  • According to California Marine Protected Areas (CMPA), there is even more life below the surface of the slough than there is above : experts estimate that one cubic foot of mud from the slough contains about 500 billion bacteria, 500 million diatoms, 50,000 protozoa, 50,000 worms, 5,000 tiny crustaceans (including crabs and shrimp), and 40 clams.
  • Elkhorn Slough contains several essential, threatened habitats, including coastal prairie areas, maritime chaparral, alive oak woodlands, grasslands, and coastal sage scrub.
  • The area, which is famous for its biodiversity , has been recognized by the Ramsar Convention as a “wetland of international importance.”
  • The Elkhorn Slough Reserve is one of only 30 areas in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. These sites are federally protected for water-quality monitoring, education, long-term research, and coastal stewardship.

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What Kind of Animals Live in the Slough?

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Because the Slough’s habitat is so unique, it is a hotspot for seals, migratory birds, marine mammals, fish, and the endangered California Southern Sea Otter .

Each day, hundreds of sea otters gather to rest, groom, hunt for clams, and rear their pups in the Elkhorn Slough’s protected waters.

The Southern Sea Otter isn’t the only endangered species living in Elkhorn Slough. In fact, the area is home to at least four other threatened or endangered species:

The California brown pelican, the California least tern, the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander, and the American peregrine falcon.

The area is also home to a stunning assortment of migratory birds that hunt and gather in the mudflats and wetlands. As such, Elkhorn Slough has been named a “Globally Important Bird Area” by the National Audubon Society and the American Birding Conservancy.

Why Should I Visit The Elkhorn Slough?

The Elkhorn Slough is one of the nation’s top 10 wildlife viewing destinations. With over six miles of navigable waterway inland from Monterey Bay.

No other tidal estuary of its beauty and magnitude exists along the coastline today, making it a must-see if you visit the Central Coast.

The Elkhorn Slough is a kayaker’s paradise with calm waters, limited large vessel traffic, and wildlife encounters around every bend.

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When is it Best to Kayak at Elkhorn Slough?

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The Elkhorn Slough is full of wildlife all year round, and seal and otter pups are abundant in spring. Spring also boasts green hillsides and vibrant wildflowers for an excellent picture backdrop on your kayaking adventure.

Summer is a popular time in the Slough because our temperate weather makes for a perfect retreat from the inland valley heat.

Our best weather arrives in the Fall season when the summer marine fog layer lifts, and we have calm, sunny, warm days through October. We can have beautiful weather sporadically all the way into December and January, so keep your eyes on the rain forecast for plenty of wonderful opportunities to paddle in idyllic conditions with zero crowds during these months.

Birdwatching becomes more exciting in the Fall/Winter months. Winter also brings gorgeous sunsets and fewer crowds.

How to Dress for Kayaking at Elkhorn Slough

How you dress for your kayak adventure depends on the season.

In warm or hot weather, we recommend wearing the following:

  • A UV-blocking, long-sleeved shirt
  • A sun hat with a brim wide enough to protect your face, ears, and neck
  • Polarized sunglasses with an attached retainer so they don’t fall into the water
  • Swimsuit bottoms or shorts made of non-binding, non-cotton material
  • Sandals or water shoes

In the fall or winter season, we recommend wearing the following:

  • A lightweight, sweat-wicking, long-sleeve shirt
  • A sun hat with a wide brim or a beanie if it’s chilly enough
  • Polarized sunglasses with an attached retainer
  • Sunscreen (yes, even on cloudy days!)
  • Light shell pants made from moisture-resistant material
  • Sandals, water shoes or neoprene kayaking booties
  • A light fleece jacket or vest
  • A raincoat, depending on weather conditions.

No matter what time of the year you go kayaking, you should always wear a properly-fitted PFD. Make sure to wear it over your base layer and add additional layers on top of it, so you never have to take the PFD off on the water.

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Should I Take A Tour Or Rent?

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All Kayak Connection guides are talented naturalists with tons of knowledge about the local environment, in addition to being skilled kayakers with rescue training.

On a kayak tour in the Elkhorn Slough , a guide can point out animals and interesting features that you likely would have paddled right by without noticing during a rental excursion. They’re also able to tell the story of the Slough, and explain the ways in which all the creatures are interconnected to form a beautiful ecosystem. They can also help make your trip more memorable by adding a bit of personality and fun and lending a local’s advice towards the rest of your journey.

Renting a kayak in Elkhorn Slough gives you the freedom to choose your own pace and explore to your heart’s desire and can be a terrific way to get in a workout or completely relax – it’s all up to you.

What Are The Current Conditions, And How Should I Prepare For My Trip?

Every employee working at Kayak Connection will know the current conditions and help you plan your adventure. Please ask them about how both the tide and the wind will influence your paddling on that day.

The Elkhorn Slough can look very different given the changing tidal conditions. The main channel is always accessible, but there are fun tidal creeks that need at least two feet of water for a kayak to paddle through them.

Strong afternoon winds (often 15 to 20 knots), especially in the Spring, can make paddling more difficult. Plan your trip to take advantage of the favorable winds and currents.

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How Can I Protect The Elkhorn Slough And The Wildlife I See?

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Do not approach wildlife too closely. If an animal changes its behavior or appears startled by your presence, you are too close to that animal and should paddle away. Remember, certain species, like sea otters and harbor seals, need to spend a good amount of their time resting and not being disturbed by kayakers for their health and well-being.

Maintain a safe, respectful distance while paddling in the Elkhorn Slough. Please do not land on mud banks or disturb resting seals or sea lions. If you bring water bottles or snacks on your kayak, please pack your trash out and dispose of it in the Kayak Connection yard area.

What Type Of Kayak Should I Rent?

Kayak Connection rents both sit-on-top and closed-decked kayaks in the Elkhorn Slough. We’re one of the few outfitters on the west coast to offer rental closed-deck kayaks. This difference allows our customers to experience a unique sea kayaking adventure that they won’t find at our competitor’s locations.

The advantages of closed-decked kayaks are that they are much more efficient and they keep customers warmer and dryer than a standard sit-on-top kayak. Our double closed-deck kayaks are all equipped with rudders to help for easier maneuvering in windy conditions.

Sit-on-top kayaks are typically more stable, maneuverable, and beginner friendly. We offer both double and single sit-on-top options. They’re a great choice for someone that might be a bit nervous or for all experience levels on a gorgeous, sunny day.

Both our closed-deck and sit-on-top kayaks are quite stable, with plenty of room to store snacks, water, and extra equipment that you may wish to bring with you on your paddle.

Try both options and see which fits your style of paddling adventure.

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10 Scenic Eco-Friendly Tours You Can Take In Monterey

  • Monterey offers a range of eco-friendly tour options, from electric catamaran tours to electric bike tours, allowing visitors to explore the city sustainably.
  • Tour the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to see a variety of marine life and historical sites like shipwrecks. Make sure to check tide and current predictions and follow best practices when tidepooling.
  • Explore Monterey by taking advantage of the free MST Trolley, or go kayaking or whale watching with eco-friendly tour companies like Monterey Bay Kayaks and Sanctuary Cruises.

From ditching single-use plastics to skipping daily housekeeping, there are a number of easy ways to be eco-friendly while on vacation . And, as the world becomes more aware of the negative impacts that traveling can have on the planet — including soil erosion, habitat loss, and pollution, among others — sustainability has become increasingly important in travel hot spots like Monterey, which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful eco-tourism destinations in California .

From electric bike outings to sustainable whale watching, the city offers visitors a plethora of exciting eco-friendly tour options for those keen on exploring the city without wreaking havoc on the planet.

Related: 10 Awesomely Sustainable Things To Include In An Eco-Friendly Travel Kit

Electric Catamaran Tour Of Elkhorn Slough

Explore Monterey Bay's wondrous seven-mile-long tidal slough and estuary — sustainably, of course. Monterey Bay Eco Tours' 1.5-hour electric catamaran tour along the calm waters of the Elkhorn Slough gives those on board a fantastic opportunity to see otters, sea lions, and birds, among other wildlife.

  • Address: 10932 Clam Way, Moss Landing, CA 95039
  • Hours: Visit the website for available times
  • Cost: $43 for adults, $40 for seniors, $32 for children under 12 years of age

Electric Bike Tour Of Cannery Row

Exploring Cannery Row is one of the best things to do in Monterey , and now you can do it sustainably with a tour of the area on an electric bike, courtesy of Adventures by the Sea . Offering a two-, four-, or eight-hour option, tourists can see all of Monterey's fantastic sights on two wheels.

  • Address: 299 Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940
  • Hours: Visit the website to book online
  • Cost: $35 for two hours, $55 for four hours, and $85 for eight hours

Tidepooling At Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

A tour of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is an absolute must for ocean lovers. The federally protected marine area features a variety of fish, bird, turtle, and marine algae species, among others, as well as a variety of historical sites like shipwrecks.

Explore the sanctuary's rocky shores and tide pools to see some of the region's most wondrous creatures.

The tide pools are best seen at low tide. Visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's website to see tide and current predictions and be sure to read up on best practices when tidepooling, including treading lightly and respecting the animals.

Related: This Eco-Friendly City Is A Short, Scenic Day Trip From San Francisco

Ride Monterey's Free Trolley Shuttle

The free MST Trolley takes tourists for a ride through Downtown Monterey, the Fisherman's Wharf, and Cannery Row, making for an excellent way to get around the city and sightsee at the same time.

  • Hours: The trail operates daily from 10 am to 6 pm from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day

Guided Kayaking Tour Of Monterey Bay

Another great way to experience the National Marine Sanctuary is by getting out onto the waters. Monterey Bay Kayaks gives tourists the chance to explore Monterey Bay sustainably via a kayaking guided tour of the area.

Options include a 1.5-hour guided tour of the harbor and a 2.5-hour guided tour going beyond the harbor, among others.

  • Address: 693 Del Monte Ave, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Hours: Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Cost: Prices vary per tour; visit the website for more details

Monterey Bay Whale Watching Tour With Sanctuary Cruises

Sanctuary Cruises is one eco-friendly tour company to know about . Hop aboard Sanctuary Cruises' fossil fuel-free charter boat, which is powered by a clean-burning bio-diesel made from recycled waste vegetable oil, for a whale-watching tour to remember.

  • Address: 7881 Sandholdt Rd "A Dock, Moss Landing, CA 95039
  • Hours: Open daily from 7 am to 9 pm
  • Cost: Prices vary by tour option; visit the website for more details

Related: 10 Most Beautiful Eco-Tourism Destinations To Visit In The U.S. (& What To Do There)

Guided Walking Tour Of The Waterfront

For a peaceful journey around the Monterey Waterfront and Cannery Row, opt for the Original Monterey Walking Tours , which offers two-hour guided tours of the area. And, there's also a Historic Monterey Walking Tour option to see historical sites like Colton Hall, the Old Whaling Station, Thomas Larkin's house, and The Customhouse.

  • Hours: The Historic Monterey Walking Tour starts at 2 pm (meet at 1:45 pm at the Portola statue in front of the Portola Hotel); the Monterey Waterfront and Cannery Row Walking Tours start at 10 am (meet at 9:45 am on Wave Street between Hoffman and Prescott)
  • Cost: $25 for adults, $10 for students, children under 12 are free

Visit www.WalkMonterey.com to view availability for each of the respective tours.

Handcar Tour Of Fort Ord Dunes State Park

One of the more fun and interesting tour options on this list is Handcar Tours , which offers tours of the Central Coast on Saturdays and Sundays.

Ride the handcar for a breathtaking six-mile trip across the Monterey Peninsula, or opt for an easier option aboard an electric assist rail bicycle vehicle along the ocean through Fort Ord Dunes State Park.

  • Address: 3071 Del Monte Blvd, Marina, CA 93933
  • Cost: $159 on Saturdays/$149 on Sundays for the electric assist rail bike (which carries up to two people) and $298 for the handcars (which carry up to four people)

Be sure to check the website for age, weight, and other restrictions before riding.

Surrey Ride Along Monterey’s Recreation Trail

Embark on a self-guided tour along Monterey's Recreation Trail aboard a surrey, or four-wheeled bike carriage, which is another fantastic eco-friendly tour option by Adventures by the Sea . Spend the afternoon exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row and get breathtaking views of the coastline.

  • Address: 685 Cannery Row Suite 210 Monterey, CA 93940
  • Cost: $70 for a small surrey for two hours, $105 for a small surrey half-day rental, $210 for a small surrey full-day rental, $90 for a large surrey for two hours, $135 for a large surrey half-day rental, and $270 for a large surrey full day rental

Related: Going Green: The Ultimate Guide To Eco-Tourism & Eco-Travel

Segway Tour of Monterey

Another great eco-friendly tour option is to see Monterey via segway. Segway Tours Monterey offers a variety of tour options, including the Recreational Trail Tour and the Historical Monterey Tour.

During the latter, tourists can see The Customhouse, the oldest governmental building in California, Monterey State Historic Park, California’s First Brick House, the Old Whaling Station, and the San Carlos Borromeo Cathedral.

  • Address: 125 Ocean View Blvd, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
  • Hours: Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm

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A Sparkling Night on the Water~ Bioluminescence Kayak in Elkhorn Slough   $90 Adults/$75 Children 14-17 years of age

4 1/2- 5  hours from beginning to end.

Evening in the slough is always so magical and when conditions are favorable, we may witness the extraordinary light show produced by bioluminescent plankton. During the summer and early fall, bioluminescent algal blooms may light up the dark night water with every stoke of our paddle blade. Leaving from Moss Landing, we’ll have a leisurely paddle through Elkhorn Slough before full darkness is upon us. Our trip will begin with a quiet observation of sea otters, harbor seals and sea birds that reside in Moss Landing Harbor. Beginners welcomed. Time Varies with Tides.

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Book a private tour with 8 or more of your friends, email Kim for details at: [email protected]

8  people~ $130 per person for a private night on the water,    9-10  people ~$115 per person    11  or more  and the above rates apply

Dear Kayakers:

I would like to welcome you to our kayaking adventure in Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary. The protected water of the Slough is an ideal place to observe some of California’s finest coastal resources. Sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and an array of birds can be seen at close range. With 90% of California’s wetlands loss to development, Elkhorn Slough offers a special opportunity to observe a biologically rich and critically endangered habitat.

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Plan on meeting at the public boat launch ramp in North Moss Landing Harbor just behind Monterey Bay Kayaks (2390 Hwy One) at TBA. We will be using double sea kayaks which are very stable and easy to use. No previous kayaking experience is necessary. We expect to be back at the launch area by TBA timing varies with tides. Refunds are given when cancellations are made at least 10 days in advance of trip date.

As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions I can offer:

* Face Mask and hand sanitizer * Dress in layers — Fleece, capilene, silk or wool are good insulators; bring a warm top that can be put on  if cool weather (fog) approaches; a sweatshirt is adequate. * Long pants or shorts – sweat pants that can be rolled up work well; an outer shell of nylon material dries quickly, but jeans get soggy and are not recommended. * Wind breaker or paddling jacket * Footgear – tennis shoes, Teva type sandals or wet suit booties — any style is fine; they will get wet as you wade in to launch your boat. * Hat with visor for sun protection * Water bottle  non disposable * Snack  in a compact lunch bag –take in boat with you * Sunscreen and lip balm * Sun glasses (or prescription glasses) attached with a leash * Binoculars and camera in waterproof bag ( use at your own risk); disposable cameras work well. * Small, compact daypack (optional) * Change of clothes for ride home to be left in car * Flashlight or headlamp

That covers the logistics for you r Bioluminescence Paddle. Refunds are given when cancellations are made at least 10 days in advance of trip date .  A full refund will be given if the trip is cancelled due to inclement weather (high winds or rain; not light mist or fog). Release forms will be discussed and signed before launching our boats. We are looking forward to our special night together in the Slough!

Very Sincerely,

Kim Powell, MRPA Owner, Operator & Naturalist Blue Water Ventures phone & fax: 831-459-8548 www.bluewaterventures.org email: [email protected] 127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Follow us on Facebook    or   Instagram

DIRECTIONS TO ELKHORN SLOUGH (NORTH MOSS LANDING HARBOR)

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* TAKE HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH TOWARDS MONTEREY

* TURN RIGHT AT  NORTH MOSS  LANDING HARBOR/ MONTEREY BAY KAYAKS 2360 HIGHWAY ONE you will pass Moss Landing State Beach, then Kayak Connection; it takes about 30 minutes from Santa Cruz; this right turn takes you into Moss Landing North Harbor.

* MOSS LANDING NORTH HARBOR LAUNCH RAMP The public boat launch area is behind Monterey Bay Kayaks (2360 Highway One); park behind MBK in the public boat launch area. When you arrive, you will need to pay your $10 parking fee. Your Blue Water Ventures guides will have your parking permits to leave in your car. You will need $10 cash when you check in with them.

We will be unloading the trailer from a blue toyota sequoia at the boat ramp directly behind Monterey Bay Kayaks in North Moss Landing Harbor.

NOTE as you’re heading south you’ll see the Moss Landing power stacks on the left side of the highway; if you go over the bridge and pass these stacks you’ve gone too far.

Kim can be reached on her cell phone on the day of the trip at: 831-345-2417

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    Call us directly at (831) 633-5555 for: additional dates and times. special rates for private charters. special tour company rates. rates for Spring & Autumn Specialty Tours. With Elkhorn Slough Safari's online reservation system, you're just a few clicks away from beginning your Monterey Bay wildlife adventure.

  4. Elkhorn Slough Guided Kayak Tours

    Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour - $75 Per Person. This is by far our most popular kayak tour! Learn about the diverse wildlife of the Elkhorn Slough while being guided to all the best spots by our naturalist guides. You are guaranteed to see harbor seals, migratory sea birds, and the real crowd pleasers: The Southern Sea Otter!

  5. Reserve Tours

    Choose between a weekend drop-in tour, a private group tour, or one of several themed walks. For information about any of these tours or general information about visiting the Elkhorn Slough Reserve, please phone 831-728-2822.

  6. Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour

    Monterey Bay Eco Tours - Elkhorn Slough Eco Nature Tour. 10932 Clam Way, Moss Landing, CA 95039, USA. Monterey Bay Eco Tours is located at 10932 Clam Way with plenty of free parking available on site and easy to find. Check in at the booth in the parking lot. See address & details.

  7. Elkhorn Slough Safari

    Elkhorn Slough Safari tours are offered year round thanks to our mild coastal climate and ever present wildlife. Tours last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours and can usually be scheduled any day of the week. We carefully schedule all our tours to offer the best wildlife viewing possible, so tour times will vary from one week to the next, and ...

  8. Elkhorn Slough Safari Nature Tours

    Specialties: So much more than just a boat ride, our fun and informative, expertly guided tours promise families and nature lovers a deeper connection to California's most spectacular wetland, and exclusive wildlife encounters you just won't get without the benefit of our 30 years of experience. You'll enjoy a relaxing ride aboard a stable, Coast Guard inspected, 27-foot pontoon boat, and ...

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    324 reviews. #4 of 17 Outdoor Activities in Moss Landing. Boat ToursNature & Wildlife Tours. Closed now. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Write a review. See all photos. About. For 25 years, Elkhorn Slough Safari has been bringing visitors from all over the world to experience and fall in love with one of California's most spectacular wetlands.

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    Hike or kayak, go birdwatching, volunteer with us, and more at Elkhorn Slough.

  11. Elkhorn Slough Safari

    Tours. Daily Public Tours Winter 2024 Specialty Tours Spring 2024 Specialty Tours Private Charters Cancellation Policy The Slough FAQ GALLERY Media New Electric Catamaran Contact Gift Shop BOOK NOW Home Tours. Daily Public Tours Winter 2024 Specialty Tours ...

  12. Elkhorn Slough

    Elkhorn Slough Guided Tours The best way to experience this National Estuarine Research Reserve is with Certified Wildlife Stewards. Guided Tour Elkhorn Slough - Harbor 1.5 hour. This tour is a perfect adventure for young children and their parents. Even though we don't go far, we will still explore and visit sea otters, harbor seals, & birds ...

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    The Slough FAQ Contact BOOK NOW Number of Guests. View Results. JavaScript is required to view our booking calendar. ... Tours. Daily Public Tours Private Charters Specialty Tours Cancellation Policy The Slough FAQ Contact BOOK NOW Number of Guests. View Results ...

  14. Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

    It is not uncommon for a black-tailed deer to be foraging in the oaks while a grey smoothhound shark is gliding through the backwater shallows just below in search of a meal of mud crabs. For more information, visit ElkhornSlough.org or call the reserve at (831) 728-2822 or the Central Region Fresno office at (559) 243-4005 x151. Recreation.

  15. Elkhorn Slough

    California's Elkhorn Slough and its watershed is a remarkable meeting place between land and sea. Elkhorn Slough | One of California's Last Great Coastal Wetlands

  16. Elkhorn Slough Safari

    Photo Safari. Saturday, March 16, 2024. 7:00 AM 9:00 AM. 07:00 09:00. Google Calendar ICS. Perfect for photographers of all levels, our special photography tours provide ample opportunities for all aboard to get spectacular shots of Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, and Shorebirds, as well as the stunning scenery of the Elkhorn Slough. $53 per seat.

  17. Photo Safari

    Photo Safari — Elkhorn Slough Safari. Google Calendar ICS. Perfect for photographers of all levels, our special photography tours provide ample opportunities for all aboard to get spectacular shots of Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, and Shorebirds, as well as the stunning scenery of the Elkhorn Slough. $53 per seat.

  18. Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing, CA

    The Elkhorn Slough is a 7-mile-long estuary and tidal slough located in Monterey Bay, California. Known nationally as a pristine ecological treasure, The Elkhorn Slough spans over 45,000 acres (5,000 of which are protected by The Nature Conservancy) and provides essential habitat for countless species of birds, marine animals, and plants.

  19. 10 Scenic Eco-Friendly Tours You Can Take In Monterey

    Monterey Bay Eco Tours' 1.5-hour electric catamaran tour along the calm waters of the Elkhorn Slough gives those on board a fantastic opportunity to see otters, sea lions, and birds, among other ...

  20. Reserve Tours

    Immerse yourself in the cultural and natural history of Elkhorn Slough. Immerse yourself in the cultural and natural history of Elkhorn Slough. Trail Closure. At Kirby Park, the accessible trail remains closed due to storm damage. close. Reserve. Overview; Research; Education; Stewardship; Training; Tidal Wetland Program; Foundation ...

  21. Bioluminescence Night Paddle Elkhorn Slough~

    A Sparkling Night on the Water~ Bioluminescence Kayak in Elkhorn Slough $90 Adults/$75 Children 14-17 years of age 4 1/2- 5 hours from beginning to end. Evening in the slough is always so magical and when conditions are favorable, we may witness the extraordinary light show produced by bioluminescent plankton. ... Book a private tour or review ...

  22. A tribute to the Latino Legacy of the Salinas Valley

    The Salinas River region, part of a larger wetland ecosystem that included Elkhorn Slough and Pajaro River, was once home to tule elk and the California grizzly bear. A People's History . Although not the only means of connection to the land, regional history illustrates the interrelationships between agriculture and the Latino diaspora.

  23. Kayaking

    Enjoy this delicate estuary from the water