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Local Events and International Adventures for Women:

Our yearly women's fully catered camping adventure to  Loon Lake just posted!


April 21st: Ano Nuevo Hike For Women: Elephant Seals and Tidepools Betty's List  and the Naturalist of Blue Water Ventures More Info


April 22nd:  Whales and Wildlife Cruise for Women More Info Sold out but join us on our NEXT Whales and Wildlife Cruise for Women on

June 2nd More Info


June 3rd: Seal and Sea Otter Watch for Women by Kayak~Elkhorn Slough  More Info


Cuba Adventure for Women

(new itinerary and our only scheduled trip to Cuba)

April 26th-May 5th, 2018~3 spaces!


Belize Adventure for Women: Rain Forest, Reefs, Caves and Ruins

JUNE 13th-24th, 2018~sold out, but join our wait list

Tonga Whale Swim Reefs, Beaches and Culture

an Adventure for Women in the South Pacific

TBA~join our 2019 roster!

        For all trip details, email Kim Powell at bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com 


Get a group of friends or co-workers together and book a Private Trip

Give the gift of adventure travel. Gift Certificates are available for local and international destinations.

We are offering a series of Our Most Popular Sea Kayaking trip. Please follow this link for dates:

Seal and Sea Otter Watch By Kayak: Elkhorn Slough


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Adventures for Women

Harbor seal pup, Elkhorn Slough, photo by Kim Powell

kayaking with whales in Santa Cruz

Humpback Whales lunge feeding with Santa Cruz boardwalk in view, photo by Kim Powell.



Watch our YouTube Videos: The Best Of Baja   Sea Lions    Whale Sharks   Manatees     Go Extreme Tidepooling    

Cuba Adventure for Women

(new itinerary and our only scheduled trip to Cuba)

April 26th-May 5th, 2018


Belize Adventure for Women: Rain Forest, Reefs, Caves and Ruins

June 13th-24th, 2018 (Sold out, but join our wait list)

Women's Trip to Baja~Sea Turtle Releaser

A Warm Water Baja Adventure for Women

In Search of Whale Sharks and Baby Sea Turtles

(get a group of 10 or more friends together and explore Baja with us!)



Springs and Manatees of Florida Snorkeling Adventure
An Extraordinary Wildlife Encounter



Baja Whale Camp~Sea of Cortez Kayak/Snorkel

(new itinerary featuring  our new whale camp and nursery area for baby gray whales)

February 2019 TBA



British Virgin Islands Sailing/Snorkeling Multi-Sport Adventure

(book this as a private naturalist-led adventure with 10 of your friends)


Tonga Whale Swim Reefs, Beaches and Culture

an Adventure for Women in the South Pacific



Big Sur Seals, Tidepools & Morro Bay By Kayak:
Women's Winter Getaway



Loon Lake      

              Women's Kayak Camping Adventure, Loon Lake      Mendocino Sea Caves by Kayak   

August 17th-20th, 2018                                           TBA



Scroll down to learn more about our Local Naturalist-Led Trips and

consider putting together a private tour


Trip Descriptions


Winged Migration and Moon Rise By Kayak, Elkhorn Slough  
Come ride the tide from Kirby Park to the Coast!   A steady ebb flow will carry us past slumbering seals and sea otters as we make our way
to  North Moss Landing Harbor. This is another great trip for beginners and/or those who enjoy wildlife sightings. We'll stop for an early
dinner  at the Sea Harvest Restaurant as a full moon rises over the
Slough (Full day;  timing varies with tides and  option to join us at  
                                   restaurant; $20 van shuttle included; dinner on  own). 

      6-7 hours; $80 time varies with tides


Extreme Tidepooling, Forage and Beachcomb
Hope you can join us for a day of exploring the rocky intertidal coast. We'll gather for coffee at the Whale City Bakery in Davenport Landing (10 minutes north of Santa Cruz). From there, we'll caravan to Davenport Landing to join your Blue Water naturalist as we explore the tidepools. Wetsuits are recommended to really "experience" the coast. We'll harvest some mussels to cook right on the beach . Group size is limited to 14.

$48 with wetsuit; $40 if you bring your own wetsuit 5 hours; time varies with tides Watch Our Go Extreme! Video

Seals and Sea Otter Watch By Kayak: Elkhorn Slough
Sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and an array of migratory birds makes the protected
water of Elkhorn Slough our most popular sea kayaking destination.
We'll explore the Slough's tidal creeks learning about it's unique ecology
and stop for a picnic on shore. During whale migration, we'll include a hike out to the beach in search of whales.This is an ideal trip for wildlife enthusiast and those new to the sport of kayaking.

9:30am-2:00pm $68;  9:30-3:30pm $80

Full moon excursions in the Slough are also available: $68


Whale Watch Sail and Tidepools
Join us for a sail on the beautiful Chardonnay II, a 70' sailing yacht located at at the Santa Cruz Harbor. We'll set sail in search of California Gray whales which are migrating through our waters en route to or from their calving grounds in Baja, Mexico.

Complimentary snacks, wine, beer and sodas will be provided by the Chardonnay crew. Before or after our sail we'll caravan to Davenport Landing where our naturalists will explore the intertidal rocky shore at a minus low tide with you. Bring a lunch to enjoy on the beach. We are anticipating lots of fun exploring our incredible Marine Sanctuary, from land to sea!  

Photo by Chris Loose
Whales and Wildlife Kayak to Brunch
Join us for a morning paddle in search of mama Gray Whales with their plump babies in tow. During their spring migration to Alaska, mother and calf pairs travel close to shore through our coastal waters. Leaving from Santa Cruz harbor we'll search for whales and other marine mammals. After our morning paddle let's gather at Aldos for brunch on their outdoor patio above the harbor (brunch on own)

9:00am-2:30pm $75

Watch our Video: Santa Cruz Whale Watching By Margo Dean Productions


Adventure Paddle and Exploration of the Kelp Forest

Join our naturalist for an an eye level experience with Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! Using sit on top kayaks slide into our amazing bay and take a look at the kelp forest using goggles or a mask and snorkel. If you prefer to stay dry simply glide above the forest canopy on the maneuverable sit on top kayaks searching for sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and sea birds. Destinations include Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary via Santa Cruz Harbor and Cannery Row. We'll gather for brunch afterwards to reflect on our adventure (brunch is on your own)

9:00am-2:30pm $75

Full Moon Paddle, Picnic and Tide Pools: Pillar Point Harbor

Spend a leisurely evening with a naturalist, kayaking in the protected harbor of
Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay. Cormorants, pelicans, terns and harbor
seals join us for our evening paddle. Across the harbor we can beach comb, explore
tidepools at a minus tide and have a shore picnic before paddling back as a full moon rises over the harbor.
Great trip for beginners and those interested in coastal ecology
4-5 hours; time varies with tides $78

Watch:  Boats Away! Kayaking Pillar Point By Margo Dean Productions

Tomales Bay by Kayak
Nestled in Point Reyes National Seashore, Tomales Bay is an amazing wetland to explore by kayak. Bat rays, leopard sharks, white pelicans and harbor seals live in this protected waterway. We'll have a leisurely paddle and stop along one of the pristine coves that were once used by the Coast Miwok, The Native Americans of this region.
10:30am-4:00pm $95

Kayak Skills and Safety Clinic for Women, Pillar Point Harbor: Half Moon Bay or Elkhorn Slough
Sea Kayaking skills, safety, assisted and self rescues are taught during this fun and
wet day! Class size limited to six women. Certificate cards issued upon completion of course

10:00am-4:00pm $100     


Coast Redwood Kayak and Barbecue for Women
Tucked away in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Loch Lomond Reservoir offers a refreshing summer retreat to explore by sea kayak. Join us as we paddle below towering redwoods and search for Osprey, Kingfishers, Great Blue Herons, Deer and other mountain residents. After kayaking, we'll set up the barbecue near the lake's shore so bring something to grill and drink. We'll supply snacks and salads.

10:00am-4:00pm $75

Women's Social Paddle In Sausalito
Join us for a relaxing day on the water!  We'll kayak along Sausalito's scenic
waterfront and through historic Richardson Bay with sweeping views of San Francisco,
The Golden Gate Bridge,  Alcatraz and Angel Island.  Our destination is the Paradise Bay
Restaurant in Sausalito where we'll have a meal before paddling back
                      (guided kayaking trip included; dinner on own).

            10:30am-3:30pm $85


Reminder: Book a private local kayaking event with friends,
family or coworkers and your trip is complimentary!
Gift Certificates are always available