- About the Bay
Kayak Monterey Bay and connect with nature!
The bay is home to many species of marine mammals including sea otters, harbor seals, and bottlenose dolphins. Seasonally, you can see gray and humpback whales and elephant seals. Many species of fish, sharks, mollusks, squid, birds, and sea turtles also live in the bay. Several unusual varieties of kelp also grow there — some becoming as tall as trees!
These kelp forests and the Monterey Canyon are responsible for the great abundance and diversity of marine life in the bay. The area once hosted a booming fishing industry in the 1920’s and 30’s until overfishing and natural sardine decline caused economic collapse. Many of the old piers and canning plants remain along the coast and offer a sense of Monterey’s past and present.
- What to Bring
- Board shorts or swim suit
- Wetsuit (optional and available at Outdoor Recreation)
- Rain-jacket or other warm top layer (NOT COTTON)
- Sun protection (sunscreen, hat, sun glasses)
- Drinking water (1-2 liters)
- Strapped sandals or water shoes (water shoes are available for purchase at Outdoor Rec)
- Do not bring anything that you don't want to be partially or fully submerged (ie. cell phone, wallet, cameras, etc.)
- What to Expect
Departure from POM Outdoor Recreation (Bldg. 228) and launching at the Monterey Bay harbor/wharf.
You will be placed in either a single or double person kayak based on ability, experience, and comfort.
You will be accompanied by an Outdoor Recreation kayak guide experienced in the sport and trained in aquatic rescue and first aid. All participants will be required to wear properly-sized PFD (Personal Flotation Devices) equipped with safety rescue whistles.
Our sit-on-top style sea kayaks are stable and easy to use. You will be given instructions and help to safely launch these kayaks in calm waters.
Expect to get wet!
We will launch at either the Coast Guard Pier or Municipal Wharf. We'll paddle through the kelp forests and as far as the back observation deck and great tide pool of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We will be on the water for about 1-1.5 hours
Every participant will need to take active part in the safe handling of the equipment and each other's personal safety.
- Additional Information
Hours of Operation
|Tuesday||9 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Wednesday||9 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Thursday||9 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Friday||9 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
|Saturday||9 a.m. - 5 p.m.|
Monterey Bay is a special place where nature is everywhere one looks. Kayaking is an excellent way to get a unique perspective of this national treasure called the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Experience sea mammals in their natural habitat. Explore Sea Otters in the kelp forests along Cannery Row, cruise the calm waters along Del Monte Beach and see a whale, or just sidle up to Fisherman's Wharf to watch the Harbor Seals snoozing, or the Coast Guard Jetty where the Sea Lions rule.