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Blue Ocean Whale WatchingBlue Ocean Whale Watch
32-yr veteran Captain Jim Davis and Naturalist Kate Cummings provide a unique experience for whale enthusiasts. As owners and operators of our business, we create an upbeat environment for everyone who steps on board and will do everything to accommodate the needs of each passenger. We always keep in mind that the ocean belongs to it’s creatures, we are there to observe and appreciate--not interfere. The High Spirits is a luxurious, non-smoking, 60ft U.S. Coast Guard certified and inspected vessel that can hold 49 passengers plus crew. It is the only vessel on the bay with an upper deck that is accessible to passengers-the perfect vantage point for spotting wildlife and taking great pictures. The noise of the engines is muffled two floors below deck. We have a snack bar on board which serves hot and cold items, and a "Kid’s Corner" with books and toys for the little ones. www.blueoceanwhalewatch.com
e-mail: blueoceanwhalewatch@gmail.com
Order tickets @ Zerve: 800.979.3370
Custom Tours, Weddings, Class Trips, Buriels, Special Events: 831.600.5103


Elkhorn Slough Safari
You can relax and enjoy a roomy, stable ride on our coast guard certified 27-foot pontoon boat. Fun and informative, the onboard naturalist provides local stories, wildlife interpretation and answers to your questions. The boat tour is ideal for couples, families, groups, business retreats, private photography shoots and weddings. Call for reservations and gift certificates. www.elkhornslough.com 


Fast RaftFast Raft
Fast Raft Marine Eco-Tours are a fun and exciting way to explore the beautiful Monterey Bay Sanctuary! Our low to the water boat, Ranger is comfortable and highly maneuverable, offering an incredible perspective of ocean wildlife and beautiful coastal scenery. With a maximum of six passengers, each Eco-Tour is custom designed to the unique desires of our guests. Our Ullman-designed suspension seats are the most effective and comfortable on the market, providing an exhilarating front row view for every passenger!

The Ranger is a 33ft Rigid Inflatable (rigid fiberglass hull, inflatable pontoons) with two new EPA certified four-stroke Mercury engines. The boat was designed for military use and is made to the highest standards of safety and reliability. Ranger is the only civilian owned PT1000 in the country.
Captain Laurence Henry has lived in Monterey County for over 20 years. As a local resident, he has developed a deep respect for the ocean and a passion and concern for the protection of our local marine environment and resources. Captain Henry graduated from California Maritime Academy and holds a 3rd Mate Unlimited Ton license, and a 200 Ton Masters license. He is a PADI certified dive master and has worked on whale watch and dive boats in Monterey and Hawaii. In the summer of 2009 he worked on a NOAA research vessel in Honolulu as relief third mate and recently worked on container ships out of the Port of Oakland.

Half day/full day private charters also available.
Fast Raft Eco Tours
32 Cannery Row, Suite F2, Monterey CA 93940


Sanctuary CruisesSanctuary Cruises
Whale watching on the Monterey Bay is a year-round adventure. Captain Mike Welch and Marine Biologist Doris Welch see whales and/or dolphins on well over 95% of their trips, plus pulsating jellies, foraging and basking sea otters, huge rafts of California sea lions, harbor seals, local and migratory birds and a lot more. Bring your sense of wonder, awe and anticipation for what may well be the adventure of a lifetime. The Sanctuary is Coast Guard certified for up to 39 passengers plus crew, but limits passengers to provide an even better experience. She has a comfortable cabin with upholstered seating, both covered and uncovered outside seating, and restroom facilities. Special charters are a great way to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary or a promotion. Corporate off-sites, catered events, group charters, even weddings are spectacular aboard the Sanctuary. They also offer caring accommodation for burials at sea. Charters can be a nature cruise, a whale watching trip, a wine tasting, a catered dinner or a sunset cruise. For more information contact them at; www.sanctuarycruises.com
Online Reservations Requests: https://www.sanctuarycruises.com/secure/index.html
e-mail: mike@sanctuarycruises.com
Phone: 831.917.1042


Sea Goddess Whale WatchingSea Goddess Whale Watching
(831) 920-1499 Imagine being up close and personal with some of the largest, most graceful and rare mammals in the world as they migrate and surface from the deep sea through the abundant feeding grounds of Monterey Bay – the Whale Watching Capital of the World. With over 25 years experience on Monterey Bay and a fully narrated cruise with our on board Marine Biologist, you will learn about these magnificent Dinosaurs of our time on the most pristine and spacious vessel in the harbor, the Sea Goddess, Coast Guard certified for up to 93 passengers. Our passengers get excited about seeing whales up close and personal interacting and rubbing their barnacles off against the boat, which they do voluntarily on occasion, watching the largest mammal on earth - the Blue Whale, seeing predation events whether it is orcas on the hunt for its prey, or humpbacks lunge feeding at the surface. Departing from Moss Landing, the Sea Goddess is situated in the center of Monterey Bay between Santa Cruz and Monterey at the mouth of the Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon where the whales play, live, and feed on the abundant anchovies, squid and sardines in this rich nutrient sea canyon - This means more time watching the whales and less time chasing them down! Guaranteed whale sighting or your next trip is FREE.
Web: www.seagoddesswhalewatch.com
Email: seagoddesswhalewatch@gmail.com
For tickets call Zerve 888-507-0833 or 831-508-8787
Private charters: Weddings, Birthdays, Holidays, Groups and other Special Occasions: (831) 920-1499


Whisper ChartersWhisper Charters
Silent as a whisper, our elegant, eco friendly electric cruiser, the Selkie II, glides across the water. Explore with us the natural wonders of the Elkhorn Slough as we observe rare Southern Sea Otters, Harbor Seals and hundreds of species of birds. All of our cruises are designed to meet your individual interests. Selkie II is the perfect platform for informal business meetings, relaxing on your vacation or studying the stunning wildlife that resides in the surrounding land and estuary. Cruise in comfort and style. Fully enclosed with clear isinglass windows, you can enjoy panoramic views in cozy comfort even in the most blustery of days. Bring your own picnic lunch or arrange for us to cater a light meal. Coffee, tea, soft drinks are available. Captain Brian Ackerman has spent a lifetime on and around the water and has over twenty years of experience operating oceanographic research vessels and eco-tour boats. With infectious enthusiasm, Captain Brian will guide you on an adventure of a lifetime. Along with his skills as a waterman, Brian is an amateur naturalist and accomplished award winning chef.
Whisper Charters, Inc. 2370 Hwy 1 Moss Landing, CA 95039


Monterey Bay Kayaks
2390 Highway 1
There is no better way to discover the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the nation's largest and most diverse marine ecosystem. You will be amazed and awed by the wildlife that calls this place home. Let our fully trained staff introduce you to sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, bird life, kelp beds, and marine invertebrates while discovering the wonderful sport of sea kayaking. Our retail store offers the largest selection of kayaks and accessories, outdoor clothing and footwear.


Blue Water Ventures
Explore the Wildlife of Elkhorn Slough!
Sea otters, harbor seals, and an array of migratory birds make the protected waters of Elkhorn Slough our most popular sea kayaking destination. Explore the Slough's tidal creeks and stop for a picnic on shore. This is an ideal trip for wildlife enthusiasts and those new to the sport of kayaking. Full moon excursions in the Slough are also available.


Current Adventures Kayak School
530.333.9115 or 1.888.4KAYAKING
Current Adventures Kayak School and Trips specializes in the highest quality instruction and trip leading. The National Marine Sanctuary encompasses most of Monterey Bay and Elkhorn Slough. We offer regular trips to Elkhorn, which is a 7 mile saltwater ecosystem that is teeming with sea otters, harbor seals, pelicans, shorebirds and other unique wildlife.

Kayak Connection
Sea kayaking rental and instruction, sea kayaking tours of Elkhorn Slough and Monterey Bay. We carry a full line of sea kayaks, sit on top kayaks, and recreational kayaks in our retail stores along with a complete line of kayaking accessories. We also carry surf kayaks, stand-up surfboards and paddle boards to round out
our offerings of on-the-water toys!

Kirby Park
Owned and operated by the Moss Landing Harbor District, Kirby Park offers free parking, a small boat/kayak launch ramp, and public access to the Elkhorn Slough, kayaking, hiking trails, bird watching, and wildlife. From Highway One north or south, take Dolan Road inland at the Moss Landing power plant. Elkhorn Road intersects at about 3 miles inland; left on Elkhorn Road (north) and travel approximately 6 miles. Kirby Park Entrance sign will be on the left.

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine
Research Reserve
1700 Elkhorn Road
The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 27 National Estuarine Research Reserves established nationwide. The 1400-acre Reserve is a hub of activity and hosts programs that promote education, research, and conservation in Elkhorn Slough. The Visitor Center has award-winning exhibits that invite everyone to explore the Unseen Slough. There are five miles of trails that meander through beautiful oak woodlands, calm tidal creeks, and freshwater marshes. Docent-led tours on weekends and special events throughout the year.

Moss Landing State Beach
Offshore fishing, surfing, windsurfing and horseback riding are popular activities. The beach is a favorite place for picnics because the dunes protect it from afternoon winds. This area is an important stop along the Pacific Flyway so birdwatching is popular.  Water recreation is dangerous because of strong rip currents.
Location-Directions: The beach is located on Jetty Road in Moss Landing and 16 miles north of Monterey via Highway 1. Open sunrise until sunset.  http://www.parks.ca.gov/

Salinas River State Beach
The mile-long Dune Trail explores some of Monterey Bay’s intriguing sand dunes & links two coastal access points of Salinas River State Beach. Directions: From Highway 1 at Moss Landing, exit on Portero Road & follow it 0.5 mile to the parking lot at Salinas River State Beach. The other trailhead is off Molera Road. Follow signed Monterey Dunes Way 0.5 mile to the beach. http://www.parks.ca.gov/


Monterey Bay Equestrian Center
19805 Pesante Rd,Salinas, CA 93907

Trail rides on the beach!