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Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour provided by Monterey Bay Eco Tours

Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour

Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour
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About
The El Cat, built right here in Moss Landing, is a fully electric, 32 passenger, Coast Guard-certified vessel. This is a custom 37’ catamaran built and designed especially for the waters of our very own Elkhorn Slough.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 258992P1
Call +6037-7240250
Important information
Inclusions
  • Tour Guide
  • Entry/Admission - Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
  • Monterey Bay Eco Tours - Elkhorn Slough Tour, 10932 Clam Way, Moss Landing, CA 95039, USA Monterey Bay Eco Tours is located at 10932 Clam Way with plenty of free parking available on site and easy to find. Check in at the booth in the parking lot.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travellers
Inclusions
  • Tour Guide
  • Entry/Admission - Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Departure details
  • Monterey Bay Eco Tours - Elkhorn Slough Tour, 10932 Clam Way, Moss Landing, CA 95039, USA Monterey Bay Eco Tours is located at 10932 Clam Way with plenty of free parking available on site and easy to find. Check in at the booth in the parking lot.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 7 Jul 2020
A note from Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour
Due to Covid-19 we are keeping our trip numbers down so that it is possible to have 6 feet of social distancing between passengers.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Monterey Bay Eco Tours - Elkhorn Slough Tour
    10932 Clam Way, Moss Landing, CA 95039, USA
    Monterey Bay Eco Tours is located at 10932 Clam Way with plenty of free parking available on site and easy to find. Check in at the booth in the parking lot.
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    Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    Join us on a one-of-a-kind, electric-powered catamaran ride for a wildlife tour along one of California's largest tidal waterways. Enjoy a narrated cruise along the Elkhorn Slough, a vibrant and lively wetland located on Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Monterey in Moss Landing. Scan for otters, sea lions, birds and beyond during a cruise through these peaceful waters.
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Jennifer C
1 contribution
Rich learning experience and so enjoyable
Nov 2021 • Friends
Great, Great tour. Learned so much. Very professional and friendly. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Boat is wonderful for wildlife viewing. Already recommended this tour company to many of my friends and coworkers
Written 20 November 2021
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Allison k
Phillipsburg, NJ17 contributions
Great tour
Oct 2021 • Couples
Great tour on the Elkhorn Slough. Quiet Electric boat. Very nice captain and naturalist. We have taken other tours of the slough and this one was the best!
Written 30 October 2021
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Martha K
San Francisco, California, United States11 contributions
Easy ELECTRIC catamaran tour of the estuary. Quiet. Great to see native wildlife. Go!
With baby otters 🦦 year round, we had many sightings of various aged pups on our trip.

Wonderful Great White herons, seals and pelicans were seen in abundance. The guide was very informative and pointed out every (yes every) otter 🦦 in the estuary that was near us. (She said population has been a steady 140 for several years). She shared that Momma's have to eat half their weight daily in addition to feeding and caring for a pup. Otters have just one at a time, and it's a challenge. Individually they have different favorite foods and pass those preferences to their pups. I especially like that the tour observes the rule to not interfere with wildlife behavior. The kayak tours were less compliant sadly. This electric catamaran and the tour on the Elkhorn Slough, in Moss Landing, CA, is fun for all: Gramma to 13 year olds will be comfortable on this tour. There are no gasoline fumes from a motor.

The sea otters 🦦 naturally steal the show! I especially love that their are so many birds 🦆 and the boat is quiet and can respectfully pass the wildlife with little impact!

Technically it is a catamaran, but feels like a boat.

Easy boat tour to see the sights of the slough. Very importantly it was environmentally a better choice. Bring binoculars or telephoto lens for closer viewing. This is an experience you will remember.

We had gorgeous weather leaving at 11:00am on a Friday in late October. Short sleeves were fine when we left the dock. When returning, the boat captain said it would be a little breezy heading into the wind. Dress in layers. Bring sunscreen. One and a half hours was the perfect trip. Fog was rolling in as we returned to our cars after lunch.

There is a great restaurant called Phil's Fish and eatery walking distance.
Written 29 October 2021
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Travel01618650429
2 contributions
Unique Nature Tour
Oct 2021
The Monterey Bay EcoTours of Elkhorn Slough was a great experience cruising the restored wetlands on a one-of-a kind electric catamaran, El Cat, designed and built especially for the owner/Captain. We saw lots of sea otters, sea lions, many types of birds and learned so much from the knowledgeable Naturalist. I love that the company is woman-owned by an experienced yachtswoman.
Written 18 October 2021
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Peter
Modesto, CA10 contributions
Nice wildlife encounter
Nice 1.5 hour narrated tour of a slough and wetlands area featuring otters, sea lions, harbor seals and many bird varieties with close up views and a knowledgeable and personable nature guide. Comfortable, uncrowded seating on a very stable smooth riding electric catamaran with the ability to move around on board at will. Moss Landing region is interesting in and of itself and less than 30 mins from Carmel/Monterey. Definitely recommended.
Written 5 October 2021
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LLRBWH
Oakland24 contributions
An Aquatic Serengeti
Oct 2021 • Couples
We recently took the 1.5 hour tour of Elk Horn Slough north of Monterey, CA with Monterey Bay Eco Tours. This was an absolutely wonderful experience. Seeing salt water otters by the dozens, harbor seals, sea lions and literally thousands of birds from Pelicans to shorebirds from an all electric minimally intrusive catamaran was truly memorable. The tour guide was knowledgeable and the boat operator was sensitive to the wildlife getting us close, but not intruding. We spent the previous day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. These two activities complement each other. Bring binoculars and enjoy an aquatic Serengeti!
Written 1 October 2021
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nancyckitson
Moab, UT2 contributions
Worth your time and money!
The captain and her naturalist were very friendly. They were so knowledgeable. We saw so much wildlife!! There were mother otters playing with their babies and other otters sleeping, eating, swimming and sunning. There were two kinds of pelicans and lots of other kinds of birds! The slough was restored to it’s natural state. The boat was very stable and had very high visibility. It was a relaxing morning we both enjoyed.
Written 11 September 2021
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lindarutheHMB
San Francisco, CA105 contributions
Pleasant, enjoyable, educational
Aug 2021
A very pleasant experience. I did not realize that sea otters reproduce year round. August 30th, I was pleased to see several mothers with large pups on their bellies. The guides did a lot of explaining and kept people entertained. I wish they had maneuvered closer to the really large White Pelicans, because I would have liked to have gotten a photo. Perhaps it was shallow over there. Lots of brown pelicans flying nearby.

Since this is a moving boat, with lots of fresh air, my Covid 19 concerns were not as high as normal. As a precaution, they do not fill the boat to capacity and there was lots of room to separate myself from others.
Written 1 September 2021
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David C
Palo Alto, CA40 contributions
Knowledgeable, friendly staff and a comfortable way to appreciate local nature
Jul 2021
Had a wonderful Elkhorn Slough tour with Monterey Bay Eco Tours on July 22. They were helpful with a change in our reservation, welcoming and friendly throughout, and really ensured that everyone on board had a pleasant experience. The boat is small enough for the slough and large enough to be really stable and comfortable. We could walk around easily and get great views in every direction. Since the boat uses electric motors, it's relatively quiet and definitely non-polluting, which I appreciate as someone who has also enjoyed kayaking in Elkhorn Slough. The boat experience is great for photography as some other reviews have noted. Highly recommended!
Written 23 July 2021
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Malinda H
1 contribution
Hemig Tour
Jul 2021 • Family
We had an amazing time today on this tour. The guides were knowledgeable, easy going and more than happy to answer our questions. We can’t wait to do this again when we visit Monterey again. Thanks again Eco tours, it was great!!! Hemig’s
Written 22 July 2021
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saratravels2015
saratravels2015
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Great nature tour
Excellent (amazingly quiet!) tour full of sightings: plentiful sea otters (and young), seals, and so so so many (
892DanielR
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Highly recommend the tour
Very fun and relaxing tour! We had a lot of fun and got to see a lot of wildlife with a good explanation of the spe
I6125FEericac
I6125FEericac
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Wild life!! Birds! Otters! Seals!
This was my Mother’s Day gift to myself & my mom. I’ve kayaked this slough, about 10 years ago & decided that I did
jeffandnt
jeffandnt
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A peaceful and educational morning
We were fortunate to be the only guests on board today, so we had plenty of opportunity to learn from and talk to W
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