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Moss Landing, United States
Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover a new side of Monterey—and get up close and personal with its wetlands and wildlife—on this family-friendly boat tour. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and hop aboard your electric-powered catamaran. The boat offers up-close views of the Elkhorn Slough, an estuary that’s home to animals ranging from sea lions and otters to bird species and more. Learn more as you go from your naturalist guide.
  • Enjoy a convenient escape into nature on this Elkhorn Slough boat tour
  • Learn all about the local habitat and wildlife from your naturalist guide
  • Have the chance to spy sea lions, otters, bird species, and more
  • Morning and afternoon tour times are available to suit your schedule
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Tour Guide

Departure Point

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.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Monterey Bay Eco Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour.

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  • "It may be cold, and thus dress warmly just in case" See review

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Amazing Experience
MaryBeth_G
, Jan 2022
This was an amazing experience that I didn’t expect to be as wonderful as it was. We saw so many animals and our guides were amazing. We loved the electric boat because it didn’t make any noise and it didn’t hurt the environment. I am going to take all of my guests on this tour!
star-5
Lovely day
Jessica_S
, Jan 2022
We enjoyed the entire tour. From the beginning, when we gently cruised past the basking sea lions to the quiet moments in the middle of the estuary, we felt that this was a special place. The captain and guide were knowledgeable and entertaining. My only advice is to wear layers and bring a camera.
star-5
Peaceful and enlightening
Simon_B
, Jan 2022
Everything about this adventure was first class. First, the team was super helpful, fun and smart, they made us feel relaxed and ready to have a good time. Second, the boat was incredible. Absolutely smooth and calm ride, quiet and perfect for viewing wildlife of which there was an abundance. I have never seen so many sea otters at once. One and a half hours was the right length of time, we departed feeling refreshed and relaxed. Looking forward to doing it again. Thanks Helena the naturalist on board was super, very knowledgeable and the skipper who’s name escapes me was also really nice. Fully recommend to anyone, especially those who would be physically challenged by something like a whale watching trip.
star-5
Awesome Experience
Zachary_B
, Jan 2022
This wildlife tour was awesome and well worth it. Highly recommend. The guide did a great job of explaining all of the cool wildlife we saw. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Recommend eating at Phil's Fish Market before/after. Great food/cool atmosphere and is super close by.
star-5
12/10 recommend!!! Do it!
Ainsley_W
, Dec 2021
This was an AWESOME experience. So glad that my mom and I went. We saw so much wildlife including BABY OTTERS. 🥰 Everyone on the team was super knowledgeable and was just as excited as we were about the animals - that’s passion! Would recommend to anyone!
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Beautiful day, very nice...
Kathy_O
, Nov 2021
Beautiful day, very nice boat, great commentary. I took my grandchildren and they learned A lot. The 14 year old said he has to write an essay for school so he's going to write it about the slough. We saw lots of otters, some eating housekeeper worms. That was a highlight for the kids.
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Beautiful day on a...
Dorothy_S
, Oct 2021
Beautiful day on a beautiful boat. Learned so much about the wildlife and the eco system of the slough. Plenty of otters to see along with birds sea lions and harbor seals.
star-5
Exceptional tour of the Elkhorn Slough gives me hope for a sustainable future
Christine_S
, Oct 2021
Being in nature on this exceptional tour of the Elkhorn Slough gives me hope for a sustainable future. The Captain and well educated tour guide are doing things the right way to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Elkhorn Slough that birds and animals use as a safe haven. We saw playful sea otters, flipping sea lions, and Harbor Seals basking in the sun. I picked up birding during the pandemic and to my delight the tour guide is a bird expert and answered all of my questions. This experience was the highlight on my first vacation in 2 years. The new catamaran was custom built for these tours and is quiet, comfortable, with great views. Dress warmly since the wind can kick up. I left the flyer for this tour with the front desk at Springhill Suites Dunes at Monterey Bay and told them to recommend this trip to visitors.
star-5
Family fun!
Patricia_K
, Oct 2021
I was happy to find this newer way to experience the Elkhorn Slough on a catamaran with my son and grandkids. The ship is new, pristine, and comfortable. The tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and knew the environment well. We went out on a calm sunny day, but there was wind on the water, so be sure to pack a jacket with a hood if you have one (hats may blow off) and some sunglasses and binoculars if you have them. Highly recommend!
star-5
Fantastic wildlife tour of the Elkhorn Slough
Michael_I
, Oct 2021
This was a great tour, with an excellent guide. We saw all sorts of wildlife--seals, otters, and all sorts of birds. We will go again next time we are in the area.

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