Guided Tours

Why Take a Guided Tour?

Guides are familiar with the harbor and know the best float plan for the present conditions!

Morro Bay's harbor can experience dynamic conditions all year around. While it is not a dangerous harbor, the incoming and outgoing tidal currents can be challenging. Afternoon winds are also a factor. Your guide will plan your outing according to wind and tidal current directions for the most enjoyable trip!

Guides provide paddling instruction on the water!

While you may be an accomplished paddler, the others in your group may not be. Your guide can provide instruction to those needing a little help so everyone has an enjoyable experience and returns with added paddling skill. This is especially useful with groups that include youth. Our stand up paddleboard tours are guided by an ASI Certified SUP Instructor and our kayak guides are ACA certified

Your guide helps keep your group together!

We encourage a "Leave no paddler behind" policy. Paddling skill can vary greatly among paddlers in your group. It is not uncommon for someone to need assistance on an outing, especially if your group includes children. This is especially true with stand up paddleboards. Your guide will make sure that everyone stays together. If necessary, your guide can tow slower paddlers back to the main group, or even continue towing if a paddler becomes too tired.

Your guide is a trained nature interpreter and knows where to find interesting creatures! 

Our guides are very familiar with the wildlife and plant life of Morro Bay. Guides are trained biologists or naturalists with marine science backgrounds. Anyone can find a sea otter or seal, but your guide will help find the lesser known creatures that live beneath the surface! You will learn so much about creatures that you may not even know exist. If you want to meet a sea slug or explore animal tracks in the sand dunes, book a guided Nature Tour! Most of the time, this tour is on stand up paddleboards. 

Frequently asked questions

When are guided tours offered?

Tours are booked on demand. Most guided tours are booked by school, work, or family groups. If you don't have others to form a group with, we might have a scheduled tour that you can join. Tours can be booked any day of the week and must be booked in advance. Very large groups need to be booked about 3 weeks in advance.

How many paddlers can you take on a tour?

If you are booking a guided tour, our total capacity for a group is 34 guests. If paddlers want only tandem kayaks, we can accommodate 22. We can launch 15 single kayaks. When guiding, our ratio is 1 guide for every 10 guests. If children are present, our ratio is 1:8. If you book a guided tour for a large group of children (under age 18), there will be 1 guide for every 8 children. We reserve the right to make adjustments to this ratio based on wind and tidal current, as well as skill level of the guests or other perceived risk.

How long will our group be on the water during a guided tour?

Most often, large groups are booked for a two hour period. Check in takes some time, so it's a good idea to arrive 15 minutes early so all waivers can be collected, clothing changed, and instructions given. If your group has requested rental wetsuits, you may need to arrive 30 minutes ahead to give time for guests to change. Groups will be on the water for about 1 1/2 hours or more. Completing the liability waiver online will save time.

Can you accommodate a guest with special needs?

We are all about inclusion and are dedicated to doing all in our ability to get everyone on the water. A guest who cannot paddle a kayak alone can ride with an adult in a tandem kayak. That adult needs to be capable of performing self rescue and capable of paddling a kayak solo. If there is a special need, please communicate that in advance so that we can best prepare. If a minor guest has any type of allergy or condition which requires keeping medication available, we expect that an attending adult will carry any medication and stay in close proximity to that child while on the water.

What is involved in booking a group tour?

We try to make it as simple as possible, but with large groups there is a need to communicate a good deal of information before your arrival. Here is what we suggest: Pick a morning rather than afternoon time. Morning hours are calmer in terms of wind. Let us know as soon as possible, with the exact number of guests. We will need the final head count of your group 48 hours prior to arrival. Each adult guest will need to read and complete a Group Outing Agreement and Waiver. If everyone completes these forms ahead of time online, that saves time at check in. Staff will look at the forecast for the date and time of your choice to make sure that wind and tide will not be an issue. If there is a weather element that may affect your outing, we'll suggest making an adjustment to another time or even another date. You select the tour that best matches the interests and abilities of your guests. If you have any questions about what guided tour is best, please call us. Large groups usually pay in advance to make check out simpler and faster.