Monterey & Carmel

Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour

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From $43.00

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 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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    Traveler Tips

    It may be cold, and thus dress warmly just in case
    165 reviews
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    Rewarding trip for nature lovers!
    Lisa_C, Feb 2023
    We learned a slew about the Elkhorn Slough! The team was delightful-both captain and naturalist. We saw harbor seals and sea lions, many otters (some with pups) and varied sea birds. The slough itself is lovely and the result of conservationist efforts to rebuild and encourage thriving sea life colonies. Stop searching for an otter or two on the beach! This trip will fulfill all your dreams.
    Fantastic! We will be back!
    Cynthia_S, Dec 2022
    Captain Joey was fantastic. It was just four of us and he made it a wonderful experience. Very knowledgeable and fun!
    Quick getaway weekend
    Payia_C, Nov 2022
    Loved the boat ride. Amazed at how many sea otters there were and all the different kinds of birds. Had an awesome tour guide and captain!
    A don't miss!
    Elisa_M, Oct 2022
    Helena, our tour guide, was so personable and knowledgeable. She really brought fun and facts to a wonderful experience.
    Eco Tours are Topnotch
    Susan_F, Oct 2022
    The Slough is a special place. This ecosystem is abundant in wildlife and birds. The sea otters were fun to watch! Our guides ,Wyatt and Joey, were fantastic! Not only were they quite knowledgeable about this habitat but had fun personalities and could relate to their passengers. This tour is a definite much for all ages!
    Beautiful, calm and...
    Amanda_L, Sep 2022
    Beautiful, calm and relaxing way to spend the morning. So much wildlife to see! The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. We will definitely go again when we come back to the area.
    Very well done.
    stacey_g, Aug 2022
    So many sea otters! Edy relaxing and informative. About half an hour too long with kids ( ages 10,7&4).
    Just do it. —- great trip
    Christine_H, Aug 2022
    This was a great excursion. I recommend it. Naturalist was very knowledgeable and I learned a lot. Very quiet boat so also very relaxing.
    Great tour
    Raymond_O, Aug 2022
    Enjoyed the seals and otters - learned a lot about the birds, kelp and jellyfish - really a nice tour.
    Fond memories made with family
    Beverly_F, Jul 2022
    My favorite part of the tour was having a great naturalist, Aaron , who was able to inform us and enrich the exotic what we were seeing. I love birds so they were the stars of the show but my grandchildren loved the otters and the harbor seals
    Tour guides are excellent
    Judith_L, Jul 2022
    The Captain and Naturalist were kind and knowledgeable about the area and critters seen. The engine was quiet and ride was smooth.
    Calm and relaxing tour in...
    Diane_E, Jul 2022
    Calm and relaxing tour in a beautiful environment. The electric powered boat is what sold me - relatively quiet and no fumes. Naturalist was passionate and knowledgeable and had interesting information to share, but the only complaint is that her voice often could not be heard, and my family member who wears hearing aids unfortunately missed all of her comments.
    Terrific trip
    Michellebelle8848, Jul 2022
    Guide was very knowledgeable. Was a very pleasant experience. Captain was very professional. Parking was easy
    Morning tour canceled....
    Yaeko_O, Jun 2022
    Morning tour canceled. Never got notice on phone email. Kept getting text message reminders of 11 am tour, even on day of tour. notification process needs to be improved!
    Fun and informative!
    JoAnn_F, Jun 2022
    The brown pelicans flew very close to the boat and they were beautiful. Also, learning about the behavior of the sea lions, seals and otters. Very informative and wonderful scenery.
    Relaxing, informative and eco-friendly
    Natasha_C, Jun 2022
    A relaxing and informative trip to explore the Slough and enjoy the wildlife in an eco friendly way.
    Pleasant Day Trip
    Jerri_W, Jun 2022
    We enjoyed the calm ride and the pleasant guides. The otters, seals, and birds were beautiful. Moss Landing was quaint.
    Great experience
    Gallworden, Jun 2022
    The wildlife was awesome brought to life with Our guide Aaron. Marina is an experienced boat captain. Such a good time
    Good experience
    DaleAnn_F, May 2022
    Excellent information about the wildlife. All questions were answered thoughtfully. Also enjoyed the humorous anecdotes.
    Terrific experience
    lisabiakanja, Apr 2022
    Aaron was a fabulous and very knowledgeable guide. Though I’ve visited the slough for over two decades now, I learned many interesting facts and history I’ve never heard. We saw many birds, otters, and seals as well.