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Contact: Kim Powell Owner, Blue Water Ventures

 127 Mason Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060




Blue Water Ventures offers naturalist-led field trips for students and educational adventures for adults. For schools, each field trip is customized to meet the instructional objectives of the teachers we work with. For adult programs, we design vacations that are adventurous and relaxing with an educational component.

Trip Destinations
Our eco-adventure travel destinations include: Coastal California,  The Sierras,   Florida,  Baja,  BelizeThe Caribbean   Canada Tonga  and Micronesia.  Activities include sea kayaking, sailing, hiking, whale watching, tidepooling, backpacking, kayak camping and classroom visits.

Each year we offer naturalist-led snorkel trips to learn about a variety of megafauna. We offer snorkeling trips to swim among the Florida Manatees, the Tonga population of Humpback Whales, Baja Whale Sharks, Belugas of Canada, California Sea Lions and Reef Fish across the globe.

Kim Powell, Owner, Operator & Head Naturalist, Blue Water Ventures
Kim has been organizing single and multiple day excursions to places with extraordinary beauty since 1985. With a Masters Degree in Environmental Interpretation, she is dedicated to educating people using the natural world as a classroom.


Kim has led expeditions from the blue glaciers of Alaska to the tropical greenery of the Amazon Basin. As a naturalist for over 35 years, her area of interest has been the ecology of coral reefs. Of equal interest to her is sharing the cultural diversity of the countries visited. Kim is a certified sea kayaking instructor through the American Canoe Association and Wilderness First Responder. Each excursion is led by competent and talented naturalist educators who share a passion for teaching outdoors.

School Field Trips 

Blue Water Ventures is committed to providing enriching experiences using nature as our classroom. Each year Blue Water Ventures designs outdoor curriculum for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and universities. Over the years we have conducted teacher workshops and welcome the opportunity to host more.

Summer Camps

Each summer we offer three unique naturalist-led kayaking camps for kids. Coastal Kayak Explorer's Camp (8-11 year olds) and Extreme Marine Exploration Camp (10-13 year olds) and our 5 day Sierra Wilderness Kayak Camp (10-13 year olds) is based at Loon Lake in the Western Sierras.

Trips for Women

Blue Water Ventures is well known in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond for our active calendar of local and international events designed for women. Be sure to check out the Trips for Women link for our next adventure.

Sea Kayaking

Quietly observing wildlife from the perspective of a sea kayak is an unforgettable experience. The protected wetlands of Elkhorn Slough is our most popular destination for all ages. In addition to our naturalist-led sea kayaking tours we offer instructional classes in kayak skills and safety.

Private Groups
Groups (friends, families, clubs, scouts, museums, non-profit, small  businesses and corporations) can organize a private trip to any of the destinations we go. Book a group tour and your trip is discounted or complimentary.

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


 For more information email Kim Powell at bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com