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Join us kayaking this winter to find baby sea otters, young harbor seals and whales offshore.

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


Our Next Multi-Day Adventure For Women!

Big Sur Seals, Tidepools and Morro Bay By Kayak

Women's Winter Getaway

February 20th-21st, 2021


January 16th ~ Sunset Kayaking & Tidepool Exploration More Info

(Pillar Point Harbor near Half Moon Bay~mix group)



January 17th~Marine Mammals of Cannery Row during Gray Whale Migration More Info

(mix group)



January 23rd & April 3rd~ Whales and Wildlife Private Cruise for Women aboard Sanctuary Cruises More info    

Women's Kayaking trip on January 24th to compliment whale watching on 23rd.


January 24th~Women's Baby Sea Otters, Seals and Migratory Birds of Elkhorn Slough By Kayak More Info 

(the day after our women's private whale charter



February 7th ~Sunset, Sea Otters and Super Low Tide Kayak Elkhorn Slough More Info




         February 14th~ Whales and Wildlife by Kayak Moss Landing Departure More Info

Book a private local trip with friends, family members or co-workers and your trip is complimentary!

Email Kim Powell at:


  for details on any trip or summer camp.

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We are offering a series of outdoor adventures for women



New Program~9 Day Sea Of Cortez Island Exploration and Baby Sea Turtles of the Pacific

A Warm Water Baja Adventure For Women

In Search of Whale Sharks, Deserted Islands & Baby Sea Turtles

November 7th-15th, 2021 ~Private Group 

November 14th-22nd, 2021~Women's Adventure (maximum of 13)


Baja Whale Camp~Sea of Cortez Kayak/Snorkel

(including our incredible whale camp and nursery area for baby gray whales)

February 2022

(Blue Whale~Loreto Extension)

March 2022

Join our 2022 Roster


Springs and Manatees of Florida Snorkeling Adventure for Women
An Extraordinary Wildlife Encounter for Women

January 23rd-29th, 2022~ Join Our Roster


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

Teachers, bring your students on a naturalist-led School Field Trip


 Summer Camps 2021

Marine Extreme Exploration Camp
Kayaking, Tidepooling, Kelp Beds and Rivers

Designed for Youth Ages 10-13

TBA 2021

Imagine 4 days of extreme fun exploring our coastal marine world from rivers to sea!

Our camp is action packed, 100 % outdoors and well supervised. Kim Powell, owner of Blue Water Ventures has designed this unique combination of activities. 

Kim has been the Director of Summer Camp programs for over 30 years from the Caribbean Sea to the Sierras. 

She's excited to share the wonders of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary with adventurous youth eager to learn and explore.
      (Space is limited to 12 campers; reserve early!)


Sierra Wilderness Kayak Camp

TBA 2021 $750

Designed for Youth Ages 11-14

Our Sierra Wilderness Kayak Camp is based at Loon Lake near  the western edge of  Desolation Wilderness
(between Placerville and Tahoe).  At 6500'  elevation
Loon Lake has a beautiful granite shoreline, clear water and  
many islands to explore.  It offers great day hiking and fabulous  
swimming. As always, Blue Water Ventures emphasizes team work, a sense  
of adventure and an appreciation of the natural world.  Packing up your  
own kayak and heading out to a wilderness site is exciting!

       (Space is limited to 16 campers; reserve early!)

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

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Trip Descriptions

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-1:30pm $70;  9:30-3:30pm $80

Full moon and Bioluminescence excursions in the Slough are also available: $75


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.

$58 with wetsuit; $50 if you bring your own wetsuit 5 hours; time varies with tides Watch Our Go Extreme! Video


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 $85

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, 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     

Family 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 $95


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