Kayaking: Morro Bay Short Paddle (Family Friendly)

Itinerary Reserve Now             $60 Per Adult. Youth Discounts available.

Itinerary Description

Located close to Cayucos and Cambria, 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 Morro Bay kayak tour. Concentrating on the eastern 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 sea otters. This guided kayak tour on Morro Bay is close to Cayucos and Cambria and is an excellent choice for all paddlers, including beginners and family groups.

Note that for Summer and Fall 2021 we have been exceptionally busy as well as short staffed. Some dates are already sold out. Please check our Availability Update Page for details.

“We had the BEST time... thanks to Ross and the otters, seals, jellies and birds galore ... we will rave about it to the folks back home!”


Kristine Breese

Los Angeles, CA


Total Tour Time Price Avg. Paddle Time Meeting Time Includes
2-2.5 hrs $60 per person (Youth Discounts) 1.5-2 hours 9:30 AM Guide, kayak, PFD (life jacket), paddle, waterproof fleece lined lap blanket, water, snack (granola bars)

Comparison to Other Tours

Our Kayaking: Morro Bay Half Day Classic tour starts a little earlier and ends a little later than the Short Paddle. The main difference between the Half Day Classic and the Short Paddle is that the Short Paddle does not make a visit to the dunes. The actual paddling time between the two tours is similar. Both tours are great for families and both are close to Cambria and Cayucos. You see about the same amount of Morro Bay wildlife on both tours.

Our Kayaking: Sunset Paddle covers much of the same territory on the water as the Short Paddle and also includes a visit to the dunes. Besides the visit to the dunes, the main difference is the afternoon start time for the Sunset Paddle as well as the beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and hors d'oeuvres served on the dunes. The Sunset Paddle is more oriented toward adults, but we also have families with kids who enjoy this kayak tour as well.

Nearby Towns

If you are looking for Cayucos kayak tour or a Cambria kayak tour, our Morro Bay guided kayak tours are a great option. Cayucos is only a 10-15 minute drive away from our kayak docks in Morro Bay. Cambria is only about a 30 minute drive from our kayak docks in Morro Bay. Our Morro Bay guided kayak tours are also close to San Luis Obispo (about 25-30 minute drive) and Pismo Beach (about 30-35 minute drive).