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Address: #2 Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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This is so easy to do! We have tried kayaking out of the Santa Cruz Harbor, but it is a stretch getting out and then your time is limited. Access from the Wharf allows you to... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2016
Santa Cruz, California

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Santa Cruz, California
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

This is so easy to do! We have tried kayaking out of the Santa Cruz Harbor, but it is a stretch getting out and then your time is limited. Access from the Wharf allows you to head right toward the kelp areas with otters, seals and more. Venture Quest makes it easy!

Thank JeriLG
Portland, Oregon
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 September 2016

We had an experience we will never forget! We signed up for the whales at moss landing and otters at Elkhorn Slough tour, but spent so much time with the whales we didn't get to the Slough. Barb headed out first to scout the area for whales and found us 4! Our guides, Dave and Bill were very patient with... More 

Thank pmeyer4
Woking, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

We went on a 2.5 hour guiding nature kayak from Santa Cruz wharf. Our guide, Arthur, was really knowledgeable, with a degree in oceanology, and clearly loved all the nature in the bay. He took time to show us everything in the bay, from the sea lions and sea otters, to egrets that could walk on the kelp, to the... More 

Thank MaxandJane50
Pleasanton, California
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

My daughters and I went kayak whale watching this morning with Venture Quest and our guides Dave and Stewart. It was a cold, rainy morning but that didn't stop us from having a great paddle out around the coast near Davenport. The views of that part of the coast are spectacular. We didn't see any whales, but we will be... More 

Thank JDChab
Santa Cruz, California
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Dave, the owner is Professional, safe and just daring enough to keep trips interesting. Try going on a trip with him out of Moss Landing. Awesome wildlife and wonderful staff. I Love kayaking with Venture Quest.

Thank Martimariette44
St. Petersburg, Florida
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

We saw many kinds of sea life and Dave told us about each animal. You can tell that he's been doing these tours for a couple decades because he is very knowledgeable and professional. We had so much fun out there and he made sure we all stayed safe. I want to bring my parents and take this tour again... More 

1 Thank welchja
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2015 via mobile

Saw sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, dolphins and harbor porpoises. Had a great trip!! Georgia our guide was very informative and fun to tour with! Great experience with our kids (10 and 7).

2 Thank swemnk
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

This was one of my top sight seeing adventures of my life. We kayaked among giant humpback whales breaching, surfacing, and tail-slapping. Hundreds of dolphins jumped around us as seals and sea otters played. I have never been to a place so alive. We left with an unforgettable day we are recommending to all of our friends. Dave and crew... More 

3 Thank Robert F
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Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

My husband, myself and our 3 kids booked a guided tour in double kayaks. Our 11-year old was able to ride in a double with our guide, Bill. Bill was extremely knowledgable in all aspects of marine life that we encountered. He knew every species of bird, fish and mammal that we saw. We had amazing views of sea otters,... More 

1 Thank Colleen R
Toronto, Canada
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179 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2015

By far the best tour in California; highly recommended. We did the Elkhorn Slough / whale tour. What an experience. Whales ... hundreds .. And one that jumped over my kayak.. Dave was kidding ... then it happened ... We are experienced kayakers so may have gone a little further than normal ? I do think experience is needed on... More 

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