Give the gift of wildlife, salt water and magic this year. Surprise your loved one with a gift certificate good for rentals, tours, classes, and gear. With two waterfront locations to choose from — Santa Cruz Harbor and the Elkhorn Slough — Kayak Connection is the favorite gateway to explore the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. Come paddle with us today!




Kayak Connection is Monterey Bay’s favorite outfitter for sea kayaking and paddleboarding rentals, sales, lessons and tours.

Rent a Kayak

Spend the day exploring with friends or relaxing on your own. From our private docks paddle the iconic Santa Cruz Harbor and Monterey Bay or explore the protected waters of the Elkhorn Slough with unparalleled wildlife encounters.

Go on a Tour

Discover all the hidden wonders you might have paddled right by without our naturalist guides leading your adventure. Make the most of your experience by taking a guided tour customized for you and your group.

Rent a Paddleboard

This beginner friendly area has all the scenery to catch that Santa Cruz stoke, or provide a challenge for the experienced paddler who wants to venture out to sea. Views of the iconic yacht harbor will wow and re-energize you.

Take a Class

We offer quality sea kayaking instruction taught by highly trained ACA instructors. Let us prepare you for that multi-day kayak camping trip, or geek out on perfecting your forward stroke technique.

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Come to our Santa Cruz Harbor location to experience over a mile of calm protected waters – perfect for beginning kayakers or paddleboarding enthusiasts.

For the more adventurous, head out into the Monterey Bay for open ocean exploration. See the iconic Santa Cruz sights including the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the Santa Cruz Wharf and experience the surf stoke at Steamer Lane.


Elkhorn Slough is one of the top ten wildlife viewing destinations in North America. The Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing boasts the largest remaining raft of southern sea otters on the planet.

Come paddle with these amazing endangered creatures, as well as sea lions, harbor seals, beautiful floating jelllies and migrating sea birds.


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