Morro Bay Kayaking Adventure
- Local, experienced guides
- Designated a National Estuary, the varied eco-systems of Morro Bay abound in all kinds of wildlife
- Paddle alongside otters, sea lions and seals
- No kayaking experience necessary
There is no better way to experience the wonders of Morro Bay than from the seat of a kayak. Designated a National Estuary, the varied eco-systems of Morro Bay abound in all kinds of wildlife.
Harbor seals, sea lions and sea otters all call the bay home, as well as literally hundreds of species of birds, including several rare and endangered species.
An easy morning of paddling takes in a heron rookery, the bird haven of Grassy Island, as well as chances to see otters and seals.
After taking all this wildlife in, we beach our kayaks on a secluded part of the outer sandspit for a fun dunes hike to a hidden Chumash shell midden.
A short walk past the midden, we come to the Pacific Ocean and unparalleled views up and down miles of secluded beach.
Come experience Morro Bay, a jewel along the Pacific coast.
This trip is designed with beginners and family groups in mind and includes basic paddle and safety instruction at the start of the tour. Morro Bay is separated from the ocean by a long sandspit and is all flat water, no ocean waves.
3 - 3.5 hours with 2 - 2.5 hours of paddling.
12 per tour, 6:1 participant to guide ratio
The climate along the coast in Morro Bay is temperate year round. Temperatures on the bay may range from high 50s to mid 70s, sometimes in the same day. Average year round temperatures are in the 60s during the day. In summer there is often fog along the coast and in the winter we may encounter rain. Local weather forecasts can be accessed at www.weather.com.
What to Wear:
Wear footwear that can get wet and muddy and avoid cotton pants or those that can hold water.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7 days in advance.
Once you have received a booking confirmation, cancellations made at least 8 days prior to your booked date will incur a $15 fee. Cancellations made inside of 8 days will result in the loss of the value of your experience.
Will I get wet?
There are no large waves, but you should expect to get at least a little bit wet. Morro Bay is a great place for kayak trips in California because it is protected from the large waves of the open ocean by a four mile long sandspit. It is like kayaking on a small to medium sized lake, except there are some tidal currents. Occasionally, if it is breezy, small waves may kick up on the bay and you might get some spray in the boat. However, it is highly unlikely large waves will break over the boat to soak you. Water often drips off the paddles into the boat as well. To protect you against spray and paddle drip (and to keep you warm), we have waterproof fleece lined lap blankets available for your use. You do get in and out of the boats at the sand dunes and may get a little sandy or muddy. We recommend comfortable old footwear.
Do I need to have prior kayaking experience?
Absolutely not! Our kayak tours are designed to accommodate beginners as well as experienced kayakers. In fact, about half of our participants have never even kayaked before!
Do you have a minimum age?
No. As long as the young ones can sit relatively still in a kayak for the paddling time, they are fine. Really young kids (age 0-2) usually sit in a lap of an adult while somewhat older kids (age 3-8) can sit in the front of a tandem with an adult in the rear. Kids age 10 and up have the option to go in a single, but we always make sure they understand that they will have to paddle the whole way if they want a single. We have appropriate PFDs available for all age levels. Our ability to take kids of all ages kayaking on Morro Bay makes our guided kayak tours among the best kayak trips in California for families.
What kind of kayaks do you use?
We use traditional "sit inside" kayaks on our Morro Bay kayak tours. These tend to be drier, more comfortable and perform better on the relatively flat water of Morro Bay than "sit on top" kayaks. We offer single or double kayaks, depending on your preference.
Do I need special gear on the kayak tour?
No. Although you will get a little wet, wetsuits or other special gear are not required on our Morro Bay kayak tours. We also have waterproof fleece lined lap blankets to help keep you warm and dry. Our recommendations:
1. Wear footwear that can get wet and muddy.
2. Avoid blue jean long pants or cotton sweat pants. These can soak and hold water, making you wet and cold. Wear shorts or lightweight long pants.
3. Bring a jacket - a windbreaker or waterproof jacket is best.
4. Add an additional warmer layer for colder weather.
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"I have to say, Thank you, Thank you for such a great experience. From booking the reservation to the excursion everything was AMAZING! This turned out to be a perfect birthday gift for my fiance, and the experience was much more than I imagined. As beginning kayakers, our guide made us feel as if we've been doing this for years- we were that comfortable. Our guide not only showed us the highlights of Morrow Bay State Park, she brought a fusion of history and biology that helped us appreciate our surroundings. To top it off, she ended our experience with a romantic lunch on the beach....I couldn't wait to share my experience with others, and we are already planning our next adventure, this time bringing the kids and family... Very happy to find your site~ Doreen Valenzuela"
"Our group of 12 had a great time! The kayaking was beautiful and the lunch was simply delicious! "
"This trip was the highlight of my sister's 50th birthday weekend. Yes, 3 middle-aged sisters did it! We can't say enough good things about this 1st wonderful experience in kayaking. Ed was very patient, knowledgeable about the area and wildlife and an excellent cook to boot! We are all planning on doing other trips with you in the future."