Stand Up Paddle Nature Tour

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Check out the above video! 

Guided Nature Tour

4-8 Guests

Our Guided Nature Tour has become a very popular menu item because it's great for first time paddlers, while being super fun and educational all at the same time! Morro Bay's protected harbor is home to so many different types of animals and marine algae. Most of what is out there is UNDER the water, so it may seem like there might not be anything more than the shore birds, sea otters, harbor seals and sea lions. Marine life in Morro Bay's harbor can be found in defined habitats or communities such as the intertidal rocky shoreline, shallow sandy bottom, deep water sandy bottom, mudflats and sandy shoreline. There is so much life out there to discover if you know where to look!  CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO!

Nature Tours are offered only in the morning hours at a lower to mid tide level. We go slow and stop very often as we discover things to learn about and observe. We never know what we will find, and we can't guarantee that we will find any of the cool creatures in the photo gallery to the right, but we do our very best to find something each tour. Between stops to look at creatures, we enjoy learning to paddle and take in the scenic beauty of the landscape. We also share Morro Bay's interesting history with our guests. If you love marine life, don't mind getting a little wet, have a science-y side to you, then the Nature Tour is for you!  

As we find and view wildlife, we keep in mind that all mammals are protected by law and we give them the space that they need and deserve. We avoid disturbing shorebirds that are resting or feeding, and we minimize our impact and contact with all living marine creatures that we find. Our hope is that by helping people learn about our marine life, more interest in conservation and preservation will develop.


Your guide is a Certified California Naturalist!

pink sand star under magnifyer lens

The pink sand star is a type of sea star.

Family of six on paddleboards.

Stand up paddling is a fun family event.

White sea slug egg ribbon.

The egg ribbon of the nudibranch sea slug known as the spotted triopha (Triopha maculata).

Small living scallop in hand.

Speckled scallops are found attached to kelp blades.

Hermit crab in a viewing bowl.

Blue band hermit crabs have blue on the legs.

Orange sea cucumber in viewing bowl.

Sea cucumbers common in Morro Bay.

Group of paddlers on paddleboards.

Guests on a Guided Nature Tour visit the kelp forest.

Sea slug with yellow spots

This is the genus Navanax.

Leopard shark near surface of water

Leopard shark found in Morro Bay

Girl kneeling on sand

A pink sand star on the beach.

Green sea anemone

Located at the previous location of Kayak Horizons!

Frequently Asked Questions...

I have never paddled a kayak or paddleboard before. Can I book a Nature Tour?

Absolutely! This is a beginner level outing. We always start with instruction at the place we launch prior to heading out. We go slow, cover a short distance compared to our other tours, and stop frequently. This tour is appropriate for ages 8 and up!

What should I wear?

Try layering in clothing made of polyester, nylon, spandex or other synthetics. Cotton will soak up water and won't dry quickly. Think of wearing what you would wear if you were going to the gym for yoga, or going for a jog. A light windbreaker is a good idea too. Ideally, a short wetsuit during Spring and Summer months and a full suit during Winter can be used. Both wetsuits and drysuits can be rented from the shop if you forget to wear the proper clothing!

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, dogs cannot join in the fun this time.

Should I take my phone?

Sure, but feel free to leave it behind as we carry phones and cameras and take lots of photos which we provide to our guests free of charge.

How old does a child need to be to paddle their own SUP or kayak?

On a guided tour, we allow children as young as 8 years old to paddle their own craft of choice. If necessary, the child will be assisted by a leash/rope tow until they are in control of the board or kayak.

Can I bring a young child with me on my SUP or kayak?

Yes, as long as the tour is booked as a private group tour. If you are booking a spot in an open tour, the minimum age is 8 years. The reason for this is that there are situations that sometimes come up with young children which can affect the group as a whole. To make sure that everyone who joins the Nature Tour has a great time, children must be 8 years old minimum.

Why do you only allow 8 people on a Nature Tour?

We have learned over the years that on a Nature Tour, it is challenging to manage more than eight guests while looking at marine life during our specific stopping places. Keeping the group size down ensures that everyone is able to view the marine creatures equally. Exceptions to the group size limit can be made for school groups, as we do much of the interpretation on shoreline vs. on the water.