Whales and Wildlife Kayaking!
Humpback whales are feeding while in Monterey Bay. They are large magnificent animals (80,000 pounds and 45 feet long) and they are wild. We can not predict where they will be nor guarantee sightings. We do our best to keep at least 100 yards away from the whales but sometimes they approach us very close. My paddlers need to be ready to follow instructions and move out of the way of an approaching whale. Sometimes they appear curious, gliding by for a closer look at us. Its quite incredible but there is a chance of capsize and even injury. No one has ever capsized or been injured on one of our tours while whale watching but the possibility and risk is there.
Kayak Experience is required-You must have kayaked 2-3 times in the last 2 years.
We reserve the right to review marine conditions on the morning of the trip and decide to spend more of our time in the protected water of Elkhorn Slough. Our plan, though subject to change is to paddle 3-6 miles into Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (roundtrip).
In addition to hopefully seeing humpback whales, we will see sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals and possibly dolphins. The experience is extraordinary!
Please provide your height and weight so that we can fit you into the proper sea kayaking boat.
Cost: $73.00 for GLS member. $75 for non-members
-Kayak and life jacket provided.
What to Bring
* Dress in layers -- Fleece, capilene, silk or wool are good insulators; bring a warm top that can be put on if cool weather (fog) approaches; a sweatshirt is adequate.
* Long pants or shorts- sweat pants that can be rolled up work well; an outer shell of nylon material dries quickly, but jeans get soggy and are not recommended.
* Wind breaker or paddling jacket
* Footgear - tennis shoes, Teva type sandals or wet suit booties -- any style is fine; they will get wet as you wade in to launch your boat.
* Hat with visor for sun protection
* Water bottle
* Snacks/lunch in a compact lunch bag or ziploc--take in boat with you
* Sunscreen and lip balm
* Sun glasses (or prescription glasses) attached with a leash
* Binoculars and camera in waterproof bag ( use at your own risk); disposable cameras work well.
* Small, compact daypack (optional)
* Change of clothes for ride home to be left in car