The Monterey Bay Birding Festival is pleased to partner with the following companies who provide a variety of fun and educational water adventures in and around the Monterey Bay. Please check with the vendor for dates/times to book trips. Note that all water trips must be booked directly with the vendor.


Book directly at www.elkhornslough.com

Description: Elkhorn Slough Safari is a birding adventure aboard an open 27-foot pontoon boat, allowing for exploration of the slough from a perspective usually experienced only by birds and sea otters. This tour offers a unique opportunity to observe these species in their native habitats, up close and personal. Shorebirds, raptors, grebes, and both harbor seals and sea otters are highlighted. Tours last 1.5- 2 hours.

Transportation: Go directly to Elkhorn Slough Safari in Moss Landing. Meet in the Moss Landing Harbor Parking Lot: 7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing, 95039


Book directly at www.kayakconnection.com or call 831-724-5692. Open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Description: Here’s your chance to take your own birding tour of Elkhorn Slough and enjoy a kayaking adventure courtesy of Kayak Connection in Moss Landing. Shorebirds, sea otters, grebes, pelicans, plus the rarities of fall migration are possible on this guided trip. Some of the most intriguing spots of the slough are accessible only by kayak. Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tours and Family Adventure Tours are available. Beginning kayakers are welcome and encouraged to sign up. Limited to 10 people in five double kayaks.

Transportation: Go directly to Kayak Connection 2370 Hwy 1 Moss Landing 95039


Book directly at www.montereybaykayaks.com or call (831) 373-5357. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Description: Join a natural history tour of the Elkhorn Slough or rent a kayak and explore the Slough on your own. Paddle with sea otters, seals, sea lions and a wide variety of birds. No experience required. Children between 3 and 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Transportation: Go directly to Monterey Bay Kayaks 2390 Hwy 1 Moss Landing 95039


Monterey Sea Valley: Fall Seabird Classic

Book reservations directly through Shearwater Journeys by mailing check to: PO Box 190, Hollister, CA 95024. Include first and second-choice trip dates, name, complete address, email address and phone numbers. Reserve early to avoid disappointment.

All trips depart from Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey at Chris’ Fishing Shop, and run from 7:00 am to 3:00 p.m. The boat fee is $145 per person. We will have top notch leaders on board to help beginner birders. We follow pelagic protocol for eBird checklists throughout the trip.

Description: An incredible submarine canyon lies below the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary which hosts a vast variety of seabirds and marine mammals just a few miles from shore. In addition to humpback whales and a variety of dolphins, we can expect to see sooty, pink-footed, and Buller’s shearwaters; common murres, pigeon guillemots, Cassin’s and rhinoceros auklets; pomarine and parasitic jaegers; and maybe a south polar skua, Black-footed albatross, Manx and flesh-footed shearwaters, black and ashy storm petrel; Sabine’s gull, and arctic tern highlight just a partial list of our possibilities.

Transportation: Monterey Pelagic Trips meet Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Chris’s Fishing Shop, Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey. DO NOT meet at Watsonville Civic Plaza! Allow at least one hour driving time from Watsonville. Parking is available in the large lot that connects Fisherman’s Wharf and Commercial Wharf #2. You will receive a $10 parking voucher from us. Be sure to go to Fisherman’s Wharf and not the Commercial Wharf. Be at Chris’ Fishing Shop on Fisherman’s Wharf at 7:00 a.m. SHARP! Latecomers who miss the boat will forfeit their fees. The boat will return about 3:00 p.m.



Book directly at www.whispercharters.com

Description: Silent as a whisper, the electric powered Selkie II glides across the waters of Elkhorn Slough. Explore the slough’s natural wonders on an elegant, eco-friendly electric cruiser. Elkhorn Slough is one of the premier bird watching sites in the western United States. More than 340 species visit or find permanent refuge here, a remarkable number given the slough’s relatively small size. The tremendous number and variety of birds at the slough attracts thousands of bird watchers from across the country each year. In addition, you’re likely to see sea otters, as well as harbor seals.

Transportation: Go directly to Whisper Charters in Moss Landing.