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Monterey Bay Kayaking at Pacific Grove, California

Kayaking in Monterey Bay

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693 Del Monte AvenueMontereyCalifornia93940
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Kayaking in Monterey Bay

Gliding over the glassy waves of Monterey Bay in your own sea kayak is an excellent way to experience the gorgeous scenery and amazing wildlife of this beautiful coastal area. Peaceful and challenging, sea kayaking lets you explore the marine area and get up close and personal with sea birds, fish and marine mammals. Experienced kayakers can rent their own boats, while novices will want to sign up for a guided tour or class.


Hours -

9AM-5PM (winter), 9AM-6PM (spring and fall), 9AM-7PM (summer)

Prices -

$30-40 for rentals, $50-60 for tours

Events -

Guided tours, kayaking classes, kids activities


  • Learn how to kayak on a guided tour
  • Rent your own kayak and head out on
    your own
  • Take a class to improve your sea
    kayaking skills
  • Catch up with sea otters in Elkhorn Slough
  • Cruise Monterey Bay with sea lions and harbor seals


Kayaking tours fill up quickly in the warm summer months, so reservations are recommended. It’s fast and easy to make your reservation online, or you can also do so over the phone.

Kayak Tours vs. Rentals

Sea kayaking can be challenging physically, so if it’s your first time out, you’ll want to sign up for a tour. Tours include a knowledgeable guide who can point out wildlife, help you in and out of the water and keep you safe in case of emergency. If you are an experienced kayaker, you may just want to rent a kayak and head out on the open ocean on your own.


What should I wear or bring with me when I kayak?

Temperatures can fluctuate greatly on the sea, so wear plenty of layers, starting with your swimsuit. The rental company will provide wetsuits and paddling jackets at no charge - plan on getting wet. You’ll also want to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a sun hat, water, snacks and footwear that can get wet.

What kind of wildlife will I see?

Monterey Bay is famous for its sea life and marine mammals, so you might see sea otters, harbor seals, butterflies and over 250 species of resident and migratory birds.

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