Elkhorn Slough Safari Boat ~Seals, Sea Otters and Sea Birds
A Private Naturalist-led Adventure for Women by Pontoon Boat and Optional Beach Time
July 27th and October 6th, 2019 10:15am- 3:00pm $52
Have you been wanting to view and photograph the rich and varied wildlife of Elkhorn Slough,
but sometimes you just want
someone else do the driving, stay warm and informed while sipping cocoa?
Blue Water Ventures has partnered with the Eklhorn Slough Safari Pontoon Boat in South Moss Landing Harbor to provide a relaxing, fully narrated float trip into the Elkhorn Slough. Our coastguard inspected, 27 foot vessel comfortably seats 25 women. We will drift by sea otters, harbor seals and numerous sea birds feasting in the mudflats. We are excited to share the ecology of Elkhorn Slough and discuss unique animal behaviors at a relaxed and easy pace.
We hope you'll join us after our boat trip at Moss Landing Beach where we will have a picnic lunch and shore birding with your Blue Water Ventures naturalist who will be with you throughout the day. During summer and fall months, humpback whales may approach very close to shore near our picnic site which makes for a truly exciting end to our day!
T0 REGISTER: PLEASE VISIT OUR ONLINE CALENDAR and look for Women's Elkhorn Slough Pontoon Boat
Refunds are given when cancellations are made at least 21 days in advance of trip date. Space on the roster is guaranteed when payments are received and in the order that we receive them.
We expect this trip to be very popular so please make your reservations soon!
Timing for the Day
10:15am: Meet and Greet
11:15am Board our Pontoon Boat
1:15 return to land
1:30pm-3:00pm Optional beach time and picnic lunch,
birding and possible views of humpback whales
I would like to welcome you to our private pontoon boat adventure into 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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We will have waivers to sign but you may also download, print and fill out a waiver and bring with you.
For detailed directions please visit: Directions to Our Boat The address in South Moss Landing Harbor is: 8022 Moss Landing Rd # B, Moss Landing, CA 95039
We expect to be off the water by 1:30 and then we will caravan to the beach for optional social time, more wildlife viewing and a picnic.
As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions I can offer:
* 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- it may be cooler on the water
* Wind breaker
* Footgear - anything but high heals are fine!
* Hat with visor for sun protection
* Water bottle-nondisposable if possible
* Sunscreen and lip balm
* Sun glasses
* Binoculars and camera
* Small, compact daypack
* Tip for Crew (Optional)
* Picnic Lunch and beach chair if you plan to join us at the beach, no food or drinks allowed on boat, but coffee/snacks are provided
That covers the logistics for your Private Pontoon Adventure for Women! 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. We are looking forward to our adventure together in the Slough!
Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060