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Seal & Sea Otter Watch By Kayak Elkhorn Slough

9:00am-12:30pm, 9:30am-1:00pm and/or 1:15pm-4:30pm $75 per person

if using a groupon each person must have their own groupon or have purchased the groupon for 2 option

Sea otters, harbor seals and an array of seabirds makes the protected water of Elkhorn Slough our most popular sea kayaking
destination. We'll explore the Slough's rich tidal waterways learning about its unique ecology as sea otters and seals glide by us.

This is an ideal trip for wildlife enthusiast and those new to the sport of kayaking. First time kayakers welcomed. some

PLEASE NOTE: some tours have a slightly adjusted start time as noted on our online calendar.


Children 8 years or older are welcomed to join when accompanied by an adult.


We are having amazing wildlife viewing and weather with very little wind.

Don't let these beautiful kayaking tour options pass you by! Book your tour  soon before they are sold out.

Space is limited to no more than 22 people per tour on select dates.


Mostly weekend dates will be offered for this superb wildlife kayaking tour from late September 2019 through early April , 2020.

Morning and/or afternoon departures, tide dependent.

By April we stop offering afternoon departures due to the intense spring winds.

Please do not arrive in Moss Landing unless you have booked online prior to the trip as we only have boats for registered guests.

If using a Groupon Voucher, check your Groupon expiration date. The value you originally paid for your Groupon never expires, so you may apply that value towards partial payment for another Seal and Sea Otter Watch By Kayak Tour in Elkhorn Slough.

Expired Groupons can not be accepted on our online booking system. If your Groupon was purchased prior to 2019, please contact Kim Powell, owner of Blue Water Ventures at: bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com and

she will provide  instructions on how to apply your expired Groupon Voucher for partial payment.


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For questions, email Kim Powell at: bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com

Trip details below:  

Dear Sea 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 lost to development, Elkhorn Slough offers a special opportunity to observe a biologically rich and critically endangered habitat.

Groupon users may change their date  preference with at least 7 days notice prior to trip date. To secure your place on the roster, be sure to check your Groupon expiration date before booking. Your groupon is good for one person on our naturalist-led kayaking program. In the case of some Groupon offerings, you may have purchased the two person option which is indicated on your Groupon.

Space on the roster is guaranteed when payments are received and in the order that we receive them. Trip is subject to cancellation if less than 6 people are confirmed on the roster but you have the option to select another date. Our naturalist-led tours do not exceed 22 people plus guides.

If you have a great time on the water, please consider a gratuity for your Blue Water Ventures guides.

Plan on meeting at the public boat launch ramp in North Moss Landing Harbor just behind Monterey Bay Kayaks (2360 Hwy One) at 9:00am or 9:30am for our morning tour or 1:15pm for our afternoon tour (note that some tours have a slightly different start time as noted on our  online calendar). 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 by12:30pm-1:00pm (morning tour) or 4:30pm (afternoon tour) giving us a full 2 1/2 hours on the water.

As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions we can offer:
* Dress in layers -- Fleece, capeline, 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
* 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

That covers the logistics for your Seals and Sea Otter Watch by Kayak!  For those customers not using a Groupon Voucher, refunds are given when cancellations are made at least 7 days in advance of trip date and refunds will be given if the trip is cancelled due to inclement weather (high winds or rain; not light mist or fog). You may also apply your payment as a credit to a future trip.

Groupon users may apply their coupon to a future scheduled tour before the expiration date, if inclement weather cancels your trip ( high winds or rain; not light mist or fog).

Waivers will be discussed and signed before launching our boats. Please download our waiver, complete it and bring with you or we will have a supply with us. We are looking forward to our adventure together in the Slough!

Very Sincerely,

Kim Powell, MRPA

Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
email: bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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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.

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 $8 parking fee. Your Blue Water Ventures guides will have your parking permits to leave in your car. You will need $8 in dollars in cash when you check in with them, no checks or credit cards please.

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

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.