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Kayaking in Monterey Bay: Paddle by Seals & Sea Otters

Put yourself in the middle of Monterey Bay's spectacular natural beauty on a kayaking adventure. There's no better way to connect with the true spirit of the California coast and the world-famous wildlife of the region. You can join a guided tour with a naturalist or rent a kayak and blaze your own trail. Discover gentle waters teeming with wildlife, including harbor seals, sea lions, sea otters, dolphins, butterflies, and over 250 species of birds. Cruise around Monterey Harbor's kelp forests on a short trip or venture out farther on a full-day expedition. Kayaking companies like Adventures by the Sea and Monterey Bay Kayaks offer a wide variety of guided expeditions, including fishing trips and sunrise tours. It's recommended to book at least 24 hours in advance.


Prices -

$35-60 per day for kayak rentals; $45-70 per person for guided tours

Hours -

9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (summer), 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (spring & summer), 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (winter)


  • Monterey Bay Birding Festival
  • Kayaking classes
  • Monterey County Fair


  • Single & Tandem Kayak Rentals
  • Group or Private Guided Tours
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Youth Groups & Summer Camp
  • Kayaking Classes
  • Marine Conservation Lessons


  • What should I wear to kayak on Monterey Bay?

    Wear your swimsuit. The tour company will provide you with a wetsuit and paddling jacket. You may also want to bring quick-drying layers to put on over your swimsuit (especially if the weather is chilly), plus a sunhat, sunglasses, and footwear that can get wet. Bring a dry set of clothes to change into after your kayaking trip. 

  • Where are the best kayaking locations on Monterey Bay?

    Monterey Harbor is a popular choice for its wildlife, convenience, and coastal scenery. Paddle to Lover's Point for a longer, more challenging adventure. Elkhorn Slough (20 minutes north of Monterey) is unrivaled for its sheer diversity and quantity of wildlife. 

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