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The Central California coast is an amazing area to view wildlife from the comfort of a stable tandem sea kayak.
Our tidal estuaries and sloughs provide critical habitats for a multitude of migratory birds.
The coastal wetlands are a regular diner for sea birds! An array of marine mammals entertain and
join us during most sea kayaking tours.

Get a group of family members, friends or co-workers  together
for an outing and your trip is free or reduced rate!

Ask about our discount for kids!

Private, naturalist-led sea kayaking destinations are described below and include:
Elkhorn Slough, Whale Watching Monterey Bay, Sausalito Waterfront, Salinas River, Tomales,
Pillar Point Harbor, Mendocino, Loon Lake (Sierras) and instructional classes.


Email Kim Powell at bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com

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Seals and Sea Otter Watch by Kayak: Elkhorn Slough More Info
Sea otters, harbor seals, 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;  9:30-3:00pm $80

$50 for kids ages 6-17

Full Moon and Bioluminscence Night Paddles in the Slough are also available. Details below.


Whales and Wildlife by Kayak: Moss Landing Departure: More Info  $85

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has become internationally recognized as a primer whale watching destination.  Paddling among whales is truly amazing!

                                      If conditions permit, we will kayak off shore  in search of Humpback Whales and other wildlife of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

                                  In the last few years, we have had outstanding and consistent encounters with Humpback Whales which feed

                                          in the rich waters of Monterey Bay from March through October.

                                  In recent years, some Humpback Whales have remained year round!



Whales and Wildlife Kayak to Brunch More Info
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

Sunset~Moonrise Whale Watch By Kayak More Info
Join us for an evening paddle in search of mama Gray Whales with their curious 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 well before sunset,
we'll search the canopy of the kelp forest for marine mammals
as we await the arrival of a full moon.
This trip is also offered in the fall with hopes of seeing humpback whales.
5:00pm-9:00pm $70
(time varies with moon rise)


Bioluminescence Night Paddle More Info

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 20-30 sea otters that reside in Moss Landing Harbor. Beginners welcomed.

4-5 hours around sunset $75



Adventure Paddle and Exploration of the Kelp Forest  More Info  

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 $78

Historic Cannery Row By Kayak During Gray Whale Migration More Info
From Cannery Row, enter our scenic marine sanctuary. We'll search the flourishing kelp beds
for marine mammals such as sea otters, harbor seals and sea lions. The protected and historical cove that lines
Cannery Row is an ideal site for those new to the sport of kayaking. An afternoon visit to the Monterey Aquarium
with your own private naturalist guide can be arranged.

9:30am-2:30 pm $80

Photo by Jane Driscoll

Sunset and Full Moon Kayaking: Monterey Bay Via Santa Cruz
From Santa Cruz Harbor enter our scenic marine sanctuary. Sunset is a magical time
to be on the water enjoying the exquisite beauty of Monterey Bay. We'll paddle over the

canopy layer of a kelp forest! Full moon tours are also possible.

4 hours around sunset  $70 More Info  

Full Moon Tours: $70 More Info


Sunset and City Lights: Sausalito Waterfront More Info
Tonight experience a magical evening exploring the waterfront of Sausalito. We'll launch at sunset and enjoy a
spectacular evening in Sausalito's colorful and protected harbor. Watch San Francisco "wake up" to night!
Great for first time kayakers! Can be done as a full moon trip with a stop at a local restaurant!

4 hours around sunset $85

Full Moon Tour to Dinner at the Paradise Bay Grill $85 More Info

Sausalito Waterfront to Brunch $85
Join us for a relaxing day on the water! 
We'll launch in Sausalito and kayak through scenic Richardson Bay with sweeping views of San Francisco,

The Golden Gate Bridge,  Alcatraz and Angel Island.  Our destination is

The Paradise Bay Grill where we'll have a leisurely brunch before paddling back (brunch on own)

Pillar Point Harbor, just north of Half Moon Bay is a great location for corporate team building

with Sam's Chowder House within walking distance from our launch area!

Full Moon Paddle, Picnic and Tide Pools: Pillar Point Harbor More Info
Spend a leisurely afternoon with a naturalist, kayaking in the protected harbor of
Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay. Cormorants, pelicans, terns and harbor seals join us for our afternoon paddle.
Across the harbor we can beachcomb, explore tidepools and have a shore picnic
before paddling back under a full moon sky. Great trip for beginners and those interested in coastal ecology

4:00pm-8:30pm $80
(time varies with moon rise) day time paddles same pricing

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


Extreme Tidepooling, Forage and Beachcomb More Info
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


Kayak Corkscrew Slough/Bair Island Ecological Reserve
Join us for a day of exploring the convoluted channels of Corkscrew Slough! The birding is marvelous in this well kept secret just north of Redwood City.
A channel cutting through the interior of Bair Island gives us a panoramic view of
San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Small leopard sharks glide below us as flocks of migratory birds work the mud flats.

10:00am-4:00pm $80 


Coast Redwood Kayak and Barbecue ~~Beginners Welcomed
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 


Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge Kayak/Beachcomb More Info
The freshwater marshes that edge the Salinas River provide habitat for an array of migratory birds.
We'll kayak the river's gentle flow and land on the sheltered dunes of the
Pacific Ocean for an afternoon of beach combing. Great for families, beginners and birders!
9:30am - 3:30pm $75

Sea Caves of Mendocino: Kayak/Campout
The sea caves and rock gardens of the Mendocino Coast are spectacular places to explore by kayak.
Using Sit-on-Top kayaks, we'll paddle into caves, under rocky arches
and over kelp beds as we look for local residents such as harbor seals and river otters.
2 nights of car camping, meals, kayak equipment and open coast instruction provided.
Beginners welcomed with approval.

Thursday 1pm - Sunday afternoon or weekdays $350

Mendocino Family Trip

Kayak Rescue

Kayak Skills and Safety Course I and II
These two sequential courses are essential for anyone who wishes to develop the kayaking skills
necessary to explore our vast marine and lake resources.
Kayaking skills, safety, assisted and self rescues are taught during these informative, fun and wet days!
Certificate cards issued upon completion of courses
10:00am-4:00pm $100
Taught at various locations alonng the Central California Coast

Surf Zone Skills for Coastal Kayakers
Learn how to safely enter and exit the surf zone of the California Coast.
We'll practice bracing on waves, review paddling skills and
discuss how different types of waves form and break along our coast.
This is a high energy class!

10:00am-4:00pm $110

(location dependent upon conditions)



Manatee Encounter
Photo by Chris Loose, Springs and Manatees of Florida Trip, 2007

Sea Kayak and Snorkel The Rock Islands of Palau, Micronesia

an extraordinary adventure for a group of your friends! Email for Details!

Image by Kevin Davidson - Courtesy Sam's Tours.

Tonga Whales, Reefs, Jungles and Culture

An Adventure to the South Pacific


Email Kim Powell at bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com

We would love to join your family on a private tour!