Kayak Tours Launch From Morro Bay State Park Marina, 10 State Park Road, Morro Bay, CA
Kayak Morro Bay if you want to see the wonders of the Bay from the
best seat in the house, in a kayak. Kayaking Morro Bay with an expert
nature guide from Central Coast Outdoors ensures you will see the
wonders of this extraordinary National Estuary. You can kayak Morro
Bay in all its moods, sharing it with harbor seals, sea lions and sea
otters, as well as literally hundreds of species of birds, including
several rare and endangered species.
The waters of Morro Bay are protected from the open ocean by a
scenic four mile long sandspit and the weather is moderate year round,
creating an ideal place for beginners, families and experts to
kayak. Our experienced and knowledgeable
guides enhance any excursion you'll have on the water with us. Come
with us kayaking Morro Bay and experience one of the best kayak trips
Our experience with your company was amazing. From our first
phone call to leaving the dock after the trip, everything was
wonderful. You and our guides were personable, knowledgeable and
accommodating. Our family had a wonderful time, learned a ton, and my
partner and I are hooked on kayaking... Thanks for an incredible
Jenny Adams Atascadero, CA
KAYAKING: Morro Bay Half Day Classic (Family Friendly)
Our classic half day guided kayaking tour of Morro Bay is our most popular trip, and with good reason! It combines a fun filled morning of paddling through waters protected from the open ocean and rich in bird life with the opportunity to explore the pristine sand dunes on the far side of the Morro Bay (kids love the dunes!). After launching, our exact kayaking route may vary depending on tides and recent wildlife activity on the bay, but includes possible visits to a harbor seal haul out area, a heron rookery, and an oyster farm as well as chances to see otters. Later in the morning, we beach our kayaks on a secluded part of the sand dunes. Digging your toes in the sand, you can simply enjoy the bay side of the dunes or opt for a short climb over the dunes with your guide to a hidden Chumash shell midden and stunning ocean views up and down miles of isolated beach. The short paddle across Morro Bay back to the docks rounds out this highly rewarding guided kayak tour. This trip is an excellent choice for all paddlers, including beginners and family groups.
Our Morro Bay Kayaking Tour Voted #1 Watersport Adventure on the Central Coast.
by Outdoor Writers Association of California.
See the article.
Back on the bay side of the dunes of this Morro Bay kayak tour, you'll return to your kayak for the short paddle back to the kayak docks.
This Morro Bay kayak trip is designed with beginners and
family groups in mind and includes basic paddle and safety instruction
at the start of the tour.
The sandspit protects Morro Bay from the ocean and large waves.
KAYAKING: Morro Bay Short Paddle (Family Friendly)
Our Morro Bay short kayak tour is an action packed guided kayak tour designed to optimize your time on the wildlife rich waters of Morro Bay National Estuary, which is protected from the open ocean by a four mile long sandspit. We don't visit the sand dunes on the west side of the bay (as we do on our Kayaking: Morro Bay Half Day Classic Tour) but there are plenty of birds as well as other wildlife to see and fun to be had for beginners and experts alike on this Morrro Bay kayak tour. Concentrating on the east side of the bay, the places your naturalist guide may take you to visit include an oyster farm, a harbor seal haul out area, a heron rookery and you have chances to possibly see otters. This guided kayak tour on Morro Bay is an excellent choice for all paddlers, including beginners and family groups.
Kayaking Morro Bay at dusk is a different world.
Slowly the human activity
of the daylight hours fades away and the rhythms of the natural world
reassert themselves. Wildlife can seem even more accessible as other recreational users of the bay leave the water.
It's truly a magical time to be on Morro Bay. Our
sunset guided kayak tour of Morro Bay begins about two and a half hours
and finishes back at the kayak docks a bit after dusk, as the last of
the natural light fades and the lights of the harbor and town start
Our very casual kayak tour route meanders through Morro Bay and
includes a stop on the dunes of the sandspit to watch the sun drop
into the Pacific Ocean with a complimentary drink (wine, beer bottled
water or soda) in hand along with cheese, crackers and fruit.
Kayaking Morro Bay on foggy days,
the sunset won't be as spectacular, but the
sense of peace on the water as daylight fades is possibly even more
This kayak tour of Morro Bay is light dependent, so call or see below for sunset
kayak tour times on specific dates.
Come join us on this Morro Bay kayak tour
for a magical blend of moonlight, peaceful water and
sea kayaking on Morro Bay.
Leaving a short while before dusk in sea kayaks, we'll ride the
tide to explore different hidden corners of Morro Bay.
After the sun sets and the full moon rises, we'll tune into the sights and sounds of the bay at night.
You won't believe how much bird and
wildlife activity there is out there in the evening until you
experience it for yourself. A mug of hot chocolate (fortified with schnapps, if desired) and cookies rounds out this truly unique
Morro Bay kayak adventure. If the evening is foggy, the full moon
won't be as spectacular, but the sense of peace on the water at
night is still well worth it
This tour can also be done on dates not listed below as a
starlight or partial moonlight tour.
January 3 & 4
February 2 & 3
March 4 & 5
April 3 & 4
May 2 & 3
June 1 & 2
June 30 & July 1
July 30 & 31
August 28 & 29
September 26 & 27
October 26 & 27
November 24 & 25
December 24 & 25
Closed for Holidays
Avg. Paddle Time
2 - 2.5 hrs
1.5 - 2 hours
Guide, kayak, PFD (life jacket), paddle, waterproof fleece lined lap blanket, hot chocolate, schnapps, cookies
All of our Morro Bay kayak tours listed above are typically open to anyone and you may end up sharing the tour with other people. However, if you prefer to do one of our regular kayak trips as a private tour or if the timing of one of our regular Morro Bay kayak trips does not work for you, we are happy to accommodate you. With our Morro Bay private guided kayak tour program, you can select from a tour length (two or three hours) and tell us what time of day works best for you, or you can select from one of our regular trips with set meeting times and be guaranteed no one else will share the tour with you.
We can also do specialty private guided kayak tours that focus on bird watching (excellent in winter), tours with dogs (see below), and tours that inlcude lunch or dinner (see below).
Note that the three hour private kayak tour typically visits all the same places on the bay that our Kayaking: Morro Bay Half Day Classic Tour does. The two hour version typically visits just two out of the following three locations (heron preserve, oyster farm/harbor seals, sand dunes).
If you are interested in adding lunch or dinner to your private kayak tour on Morro Bay, see below or send an email to email@example.com.
Of course, if you have an idea for a private kayak tour on Morro Bay that doesn't quite fit into any of these categories, give us a call! We'll be happy to try and put something together that fits what you are looking for. The chart below gives per person costs for various group sizes and private kayak tour options. If you'd like to set a up a private Morro Bay kayak tour with us, please call us direct at 805-528-1080.
2 hour tour per person
3 hour tour per person
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It was a great trip. Just the right amount of kayaking for
me. We both really enjoyed the nature talks. And I liked getting to
know Morro Bay - it would have been overwhelming to kayak around an
area much larger since I have only been in a kayak one time before. It
is a great trip for beginners. The guides were great - very personable
If you'd like to add the gourmet picnic lunch to your private Morro Bay kayak tour, this works best if we do an extended version of our Kayaking: Half Day Classic tour to allow for additonal time on the dunes to eat lunch. With this scenario, we meet at 9:00 am and are usually back to the docks between 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm. We usually serve the same picnic lunch that is featured on our bike tours or Big Sur hike tours.
If you'd like to add the California beach style grilled dinner to your private Morro Bay kayak tour, this works best if we do a modified version of our Kayaking: Sunset Paddle tour. With this scenario we usually meet at roughly the same time in the late afternoon as the sunset paddle, but spend a little less time on the water to allow for time to eat dinner on the dunes before it gets dark. We normally serve our Dinner on the Dunes menu, but this can easily be upgraded for an extra charge by adding grilled salmon in addition to the gourmet sausages.
As dog owners ourselves, we understand how enjoyable it can be to take dogs along on outdoor adventures. We can accommodate dogs on our guided Morro Bay kayak tours, but there are some additional considerations. First, we ask that people with dogs book as a private kayak tour. We love dogs, but we can't speak for other people who may sign up for a kayak tour with us. Second, dogs are not allowed on the sand dunes on the far side of the bay, so we usually recommend doing a two hour private tour that does not land on the sand dunes - roughly the same itinerary as our Morro Bay Short Paddle.
Another consideration is that during the late fall and winter there is a short hunting season for geese and ducks allowed on Morro Bay and we sometimes hear gunshots on kayak tours on Morro Bay during this time frame. For some dogs this may not be an issue, but for others it might be. We encourage anybody contemplating booking a kayak tour with a dog during this time frame to contact us for more information.
And dogs are free with full paying humans on private kayak tours!
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... We are all planning on doing other trips with you in the future.