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
|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.
hrs||$69 per person (Youth Discounts)
||Guide, kayak, PFD (life jacket), paddle, waterproof fleece lined lap blanket, water, snack (granola bars)
|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.
per person (Youth Discounts)
||Guide, kayak, PFD (life jacket), paddle, waterproof fleece lined lap blanket, water, snack (granola bars)|
|KAYAKING: Morro Bay Sunset Paddle
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.
||Varies - see table below
||Guide, kayak, PFD (life jacket), paddle, waterproof fleece lined lap blanket, beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, hors d'oeuvres|
2014 - Remaining Sunset Paddle Meeting Times
Approx. 2.5 hours before sunset
|December 1-15||2:15 pm||December 16-31||2:30 pm|
2015 - Sunset Paddle Meeting Times
Approx. 2.5 hours before sunset
|January 1-15||2:30 pm||July 1-15||5:45 pm|
|January 16-31||2:45 pm||July 16-31||5:45 pm|
|February 1-15||3:00 pm||August 1-15||5:30 pm|
|February 16-29||3:15 pm||August 16-31||5:15 pm|
|March 1-7||3:30 pm||September 1-15||4:45 pm|
|March 8-15||4:30 pm||September 16-30||4:30 pm|
|March 16-31||4:45 pm||October 1-15||4:00 pm|
|April 1-15||5:00 pm||October 16-31||3:45 pm|
|April 16-30||5:15 pm||November 1-15||2:30 pm|
|May 1-15||5:30 pm||November 16-30||2:15 pm|
|May 16-31||5:30 pm||December 1-15||2:15 pm|
|June 1-15||5:45 pm||December 16-31||2:30 pm|
|June 16-30||5:45 pm|| || |
|KAYAKING: Morro Bay Full Moon Paddle||
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||4:30 PM|
|February 2 & 3||5:00 PM|
|March 4 & 5||5:30 PM|
|April 3 & 4||7:00 PM|
|May 2 & 3||7:15 PM|
|June 1 & 2||7:30 PM|
|June 30 & July 1||7:45 PM|
|July 30 & 31||7:30 PM|
|August 28 & 29||7:00 PM|
|September 26 & 27||6:15 PM|
|October 26 & 27||5:45 PM|
|November 24 & 25||4:15 PM|
|December 24 & 25||Closed for Holidays||
|2 - 2.5 hrs||$69
per person||1.5 - 2 hours
||Guide, kayak, PFD (life jacket), paddle, waterproof fleece lined lap blanket, hot chocolate, schnapps, cookies
KAYAKING: Private Kayak Tours on Morro Bay
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.
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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
KAYAKING: Private Tours with Lunch or Dinner
Kayaking Morro Bay out to the sand dunes and having a gourmet picnic lunch or a California beach style grilled dinner is truly a memorable expeience.
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.
Price per person, by group size:
|Lunch Kayak Tour
|Dinner Kayak Tour
Click on this link for standard menus for these tours.
To book either of these tours, please call us direct at 805.528.1080 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
KAYAKING: Private Tours with Dogs
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!
Click on this link for private kayak tour rates. To book a Morro Bay guided private kayak tour with a dog, please call 805.528.1080 or send us an email to email@example.com.
Kayaking on Morro Bay Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have single kayaks or tandem kayaks?
We have both single and tandem kayaks available for use. The guide(s) on the tour will work with you to determine what is the best choice for you and your group based on age, experience and conditions on the bay. For large youth or student groups we usually use tandems.
Is a guide with us on the tour?
Yes! All our kayak tours on Morro Bay are fully guided tours. The guide will be with you for the duration of the tour, giving instruction on paddling technique as necessary, explaining about the the animals and habitats you'll see, as well as making sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.
Will I capsize? Do I need to know how to swim?
Capsizes are extremely rare on our tours. Even if you do go into the water for some reason, we require all participants on our kayak tours to wear PFDs (life jackets). These PFDs are designed to float you like a cork in the water until your guide can pull you out of the water. The bottom line is you do not need to know how to swim in order to take a kayak tour on Morro Bay with us.
Where do your Morro Bay kayak tours meet?
All our Morro Bay kayak tours meet at the Kayak Shack immediately opposite the Bayside Cafe in Morro Bay State Park Marina at 10 State Park Road, Morro Bay, CA. Click here for map/directions.
What is provided on your Morro Bay kayak tours?
On all our guided kayak tours of Morro Bay
we provide kayaks, PFDs (life jackets),
paddles, waterproof fleece lined lap blankets, dry bags (on request),
snacks and water. The guide(s) also provide basic paddle instruction
and provide commentary on the ecology, history and wildlife of Morro
Bay while you are on the water.
Do you offer kayak rentals?
Although we provide kayaks for our guided kayak tours on Morro Bay, we
do not provide kayak rentals direct to the public separate from our
Morro Bay guided kayak tours. If you'd like to rent a kayak, we suggest renting kayaks
from the rental facility at the Morro Bay Kayak Shack
on State Park Road in Morro Bay: 805-772-8796.
Do you do large group kayak trips on Morro Bay?
If you have a student group, a family reunion or some other large
event and want to get out kayaking on Morro Bay - give us a call!
We've accommodated many groups like this on guided kayak tours and can comfortably put up to about 50 people on the water at a time.
We are highly flexible and can work with you on guide to client ratio as
well as food and duration of your Morro Bay guided kayak tour to fit your time and budget.
Do I need to have prior kayaking experience?
Absolutely not! Our kayak tours and kayak trips on Morro Bay are
designed to accommodate beginners as well as experienced kayakers. In
fact, about half of our participants have never even kayaked
The best Morro Bay kayaking tours for beginners are the Half Day Classic Tour or the Short Paddle. Because wind can make kayaking challenging for beginners on the bay, the Half Day Classic Tour and the Short Paddle start in the morning, when the wind is usually the lightest.
Do you have a minimum age?
No. As long as the young ones can sit relatively still in a kayak for
the paddling time, they are fine. We've been taking our daughter
kayaking since she was two. Really young kids (age 0-2) usually sit in
a lap of an adult while somewhat older kids (age 3-9) can sit in the
front of a tandem with an adult in the rear. Kids age 10 and up have
the option to go in a single, but we always make sure they understand
that they will have to paddle the whole way if they want a single. We
have appropriate PFDs available for all age levels. Our ability to
take kids of all ages kayaking on Morro Bay makes our guided kayak
tours among the best kayak trips in California for families.
What kind of kayaks do you use on your kayak tours of Morro Bay?
We use traditional "sit inside" recreational kayaks on our Morro Bay kayak
tours. These tend to be
drier, more comfortable and perform better on the relatively flat
water of Morro Bay than "sit on top" kayaks. Recreational sit inside kayaks are also wider and more stable than narrow touring sit inside kayaks. Recreational kayaks tend to have more open cockpits for ease of entry and exit compared to the smaller cockpits of touring kayaks.
We have both single and tandem kayaks available. Your guide will work with you to determine the best type of seat configuration for you and the group. Large student or youth groups usually go out in tandems.
Are there big waves? Will I get wet?
There are no large waves, but you should expect to get at least a
little bit wet. Morro Bay is a great place for kayak trips in
California because it is protected from the large waves of the open
ocean by a four mile long sandspit. It is like kayaking on a small to
medium sized lake, except there are some tidal currents. Occasionally,
if it is breezy, small waves may kick up on the bay and you might get
some spray in the boat. However, it is highly unlikely large waves
will break over the boat to soak you. Water often drips off the
paddles into the boat as well. To protect you against spray and paddle
drip (and to keep you warm), we have waterproof fleece lined lap
blankets available for your use. See gear section below for our
recommendations on clothing.
Do I need special gear or a wetsuit for your kayak tours of Morro Bay?
No. Although you will get a little wet, wetsuits or other special
gear are not required on our Morro Bay kayak tours.
We also have waterproof fleece lined lap
blankets to help keep you warm and dry. Our recommendations:
- Wear footwear that can get wet and muddy.
- Avoid blue jean long pants or cotton sweat pants. These can soak and hold water, making you wet and cold. Wear shorts or lightweight long pants.
- Bring a jacket - a windbreaker or waterproof jacket is
- Add an additional warmer layer for colder weather.
What is the weather like? What time of year is best?
Morro Bay is a great year round kayaking destination. The weather is mild all year with daily highs rarely outside the mid 50s to mid 70s range with most days having highs somewhere in the 60s. Spring days are often breezy and in summer there is often fog for at least part of the day. Fall tends to have the warmest and clearest weather. In winter we may encounter rain, but a significant number of winter days on the bay feature still water and crystal clear air. Winter is also the best time to see the incredible diversity of migrating birds that call Morro Bay home for that part of the year.
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.
Do you kayak if it's foggy?
ABSOLUTELY! Although most people understandably prefer sunny skies, kayaking during foggy conditions on Morro Bay is often a magical experience. The wind is usually less strong when it's foggy and the bay feels very quiet and intimate. Most of the wildlife is typically close enough that you can still see it. Furthermore, the fog is notoriously hard to predict and sometimes comes and goes multiple times during the course of a tour, which can be quite dramatic. And somehow being on the water when it's foggy seems better than being on land. When the coastal areas of SLO County are socked in by fog, there is no place we'd rather be than kayaking on Morro Bay!
What is your cancellation policy for bad weather (rain or high wind)?
We certainly don't want people to feel like they have to go out in bad weather or they will lose all their money. If the weather is bad on the day of your kayak trip, you have three choices. First, continuing with the planned activities (perhaps with alternate activities worked in). Second, transfer with no additional fees to a trip in the future. Third, cancel entirely with a $15 per person cancellation fee. We always wait until the day of the trip to make this decision because weather forecasts are not always 100% accurate. On kayak trips, if the weather is so bad that we think going out would be a safety issue, we will cancel the trip with a full refund. Note that fog or cooler weather are not considered bad weather for purposes of this policy.
Are your Morro Bay kayak trips considered eco-tours?
Absolutely. Morro Bay is a wonderful place for an eco-tour,
especially by kayak. Our guides will explain about how the estuary
works and will identify birds and other animals for you. But taking a
kayak ecotour on Morro Bay doesn't mean you can't have fun!
There is plenty of time for romping on the sand dunes and our gourmet
picnic lunch will spoil you. Ecotouring and fun on Morro Bay are what
we are all about.
Morro Bay National Estuary Program
Learn more about this unique eco-system by visiting the Morro Bay National
Estuary Program or by stopping by their visitor center in Morro
Bay at 601 Embarcadero.