Monterey & Carmel

Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour

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Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour
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From $45.00

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Tour Guide

    Meeting and Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Monterey Bay Eco Tours - Elkhorn Slough Eco Nature 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.

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • 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

    Cancellation Policy

    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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    Featured review
    Great, informative time on the Slough! Captain Wendy and Naturalist Aaron were both delightful and knowledgeable........highly recommended for any age guest!


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    Tons of Wildlife!
    Rai_H, May 2024
    What a fabulous experience! We saw so many otters with their babies, sea lions and pups, and birds. Our tour guides were so knowledgeable. The electric catamaran was quiet and roomy and perfect for the environment. We were offered binoculars and even blankets if it was too chilly. This is a must see if you are in the area.
    Wonderful experience
    Mark_G, Apr 2024
    Expert and knowledgeable guide. Amazing amount of wildlife. Seals and seal pups, otters, sea lions, and all varieties of sea birds.
    Not to be missed!
    Janice_G, Apr 2024
    The naturalist was fantastic!! Her knowledge and love of the area was unlimited! Our captain was extremely skilled in the control of the vessel!!
    Great tour and docent!
    Victor_C, Apr 2024
    All the wildlife we saw, the comfort of the electric catamaran, docent knowledge and interaction. Nice (unrelated) restaurant located at the dock.
    Pleasurable March tour of Estuary!
    Heidi_G, Mar 2024
    A sunny March Saturday afternoon. Sea lions were lounging in the harbor on the docks. Otters were out in plentitude in the estuary. Birds of all kinds were flying around & resting everywhere. Mama otter with baby on her tummy. Playful otters chasing each other near our boat. Nature guide was knowledgeable, friendly, at ease with the environment & attentive to everyone's questions. Our family of 7 plus about 10 other people made it a very uncrowded, joyful experience. We brought snacks & drinks to enjoy the atmosphere. We could freely stand up, walk around & get fabulous views & pictures of the otters, seals, birds & all life in the estuary. (I should have included some of our pictures, but am short on time). Driver was friendly, knowledgeable, skillful in driving. A very pleasant, interesting, educating, peaceful tour of the Estuary!
    Fun way to see wildlife
    Erin_M, Mar 2024
    We had a wonderful time. Just the right length of time if you happen to have younger kids. The guides were very knowledgeable and did a wonderful job engaging our girls- would do again!
    Great adventure in Elkhorn Slough
    Marilyn_H, Feb 2024
    Wonderful experience! Excellent guide and pilot—lots of animals and birds to see. Electric boat was quiet and easy to access.
    Very educational and the...
    Paula_L, Feb 2024
    Very educational and the tour guides made sure we saw lots of sea otters and seals. I would recommend this trip.
    Memorable Wildlife Experience
    Shannon_L, Jan 2024
    The trip was with family who were visiting from MN. They took at least 100 pictures of otters and birds-which was the exact experience I’d hoped for them. Having the guide be able to share what was what was extremely helpful. And we all appreciated that the boat was electric so the trip wasn’t tainted by noise or fumes. As a Bay local, I would do the trip again.
    Otters, Sea Lions & Birds oh my!
    Jason_H, Jan 2024
    The boat captain and tour guide were both professional and very knowledgeable. It was chilly when we got back to the dock so we went into the restaurant next door and warmed up with fish & chips and beer:). Great experience all around!
    Craig_R, Dec 2023
    Tour was on time and very friendly. We saw all kinds of birds and sea creatures. Clean bathrooms to use and spacious boat, we will go again
    Kid & Family Friendly!
    Mary_G, Oct 2023
    First time on a boat for grandkids (9, 7 & 3). They didn’t know what to expect & were a little nervous, but had a great time & were very engaged!
    Super slough ride!
    Colleen_R, Oct 2023
    Knowledge of the naturalist. Quietness of the boat Simplicity of the experience. A beautiful day added to the experience as well
    Wonderful wildlife and tour guides!
    Elena_F, Sep 2023
    There were so many highlights on our trip. It was joyful from the moment we approached the boat. Some of our higlights included: watching the sea otters eat fat inn keeper worms!, the tons of pelicans, Cindy sharing her knowledge about all the sea life, and answering all our questions, and the quiet electric motor of our boat.
    Birthday Surprise for Mom
    Hodel_C, Sep 2023
    We drove from Placerville, California. Our GPS took us to a Research Center way up the backside of the Slough, and we didn't think we would make our set time to launch. Rachel phoned us to check-in and see if we were on our way. We were completely lost and on the wrong side of the slough. She gave us a Market to aim for on Clam Way and that got us there just as the group was boarding the Catamaran. The Wildlife tour was very informative thanks to Rachel and our whole family will always enjoy our memories of that day.
    Otterly adorable 🥰
    Sharon_A, Sep 2023
    Great tour and guides, seeing the otters up close in their natural habitat. Nice relaxing cruise and good price 👍
    Slough tour
    Barbara_G, Aug 2023
    Everything about the trip was wonderful. Met Merle, the cushion guard dog. Joey (driver) and Rachel (naturalist) were friendly and knowledgeable. LOTS of varied wildlife. Weather was great.
    Best trip
    Sandra_D, Aug 2023
    The whole trip and Rebeca tell us about all. The pilot. Was very informative of the area and the wild life. Very happy we went. Very pleased with the whole trip.
    Perfect afternoon activity
    David_B, Aug 2023
    The captain and naturalist were amazing! Plenty of info and great for the kids. About 1.5 hour tour.
    Perfect day
    Roylene_C, Jul 2023
    I loved seeing all the wildlife and learning about the animals and birds from the naturalist. Boat was comfortable. Made for a perfect day.

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