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Nature: Marine Excursions

Kayaking on Monterey Bay or Elkhorn Slough is an uplifting experience. Most of the kayak companies around the bay offer natural history tours and kayaking classes, in addition to rentals by the hour or the day.

If you want to investigate the inland reaches of Elkhorn Slough but don't fancy paddling your own canoe, you might try Elkhorn Slough Safari, a seven-mile ride on a 27 ft. pontoon boat that leaves Moss Landing and gives the visitor an exceptional look at slough ecology. The tour lasts about two hours and advance reservations are required.

To experience Monterey Bay as the old navigators might have done - under full sail - consider one of the area's many sailing excursions. There are sunset cruises and photo expeditions, and specialist nature excursions; all are likely to show guests whales, dolphins, seals, sea otters and a great variety of seabirds.

If you fancy seeing marine life as it lives in the open ocean, sign up to take a whale-watching trip. In addition to the virtual year-round presence of whales, cruises beyond the inner bay encounter otters, dolphins, orcas, and much more.

There are reputable companies with experienced captains and guides all around the bay. See our Whale Watching section for more information.

Our Precious Wetlands

Elkhorn Slough is one of California's largest coastal wetlands. Once divided into salt pans (in which the natural action of tide and sun produced quality salt), the slough now shelters otters, harbor seals, and hundreds of species of waterfowl and shorebirds.

Indeed, birdwatchers always find plenty to look for here, whatever the season. In winter, the absence of leaves makes it easier to spot perching birds, while summer brings fledglings out into the open along with adult birds; the spring and fall migration seasons are especially popular with birders wanting to add novelties to their life-lists.

For more information about preserving these wetlands, visit Elkhorn Slough Foundation.