“Come for the birds, stay for the bay.”

These popular charter companies offer day trips on Monterey Bay Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary and in Elkhorn Slough during the Festival weekend and throughout the year. Please check out their websites and see which ones will complement your Festival activities. 

All Water Trips are to be booked directly with the vendor.



Date/Time: 9/28/18 to 9/30/18. 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Book directly by mailing check to: PO Box 190, Hollister, CA 95024. Include first- and second-choice trip dates, name, complete address, email address, and phone numbers. Reserve early to avoid disappointment. www.shearwaterjourneys.com

Description: An incredible submarine canyon lies below the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which hosts a vast variety of seabirds and marine mammals just a few miles from shore. In addition to humpback whales and a variety of dolphins, we can expect to see Sooty, Pink-footed, and Buller’s Shearwaters; Common Murres; Pigeon Guillemots; Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets; Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers; and maybe a South Polar Skua. Black-footed Albatross; Manx and Flesh-footed Shearwaters; Black and Ashy Storm Petrels; Sabine’s Gull, and Arctic Tern highlight just a partial list of our possibilities.
Transportation: Monterey Pelagic Trips meet Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Chris’s Fishing Shop, Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey. DO NOT meet at Watsonville Civic Plaza! Allow at least one hour driving time from Watsonville. Parking is available in the large lot that connects Fisherman’s Wharf and Commercial Wharf #2. You will receive a $10 parking voucher from us. Be sure to go to Fisherman’s Wharf and not the Commercial Wharf. Be at Chris’ Fishing Shop on Fisherman’s Wharf at 7:00 a.m. SHARP! Latecomers who miss the boat will forfeit their fees. The boat will return about 3:00 p.m.


Date/Time: Check with vendor.
Book directly at www.alvarosadventures.com

Description: Monterey Bay – deep water closer to shore, whales and more. Both a full day and half day trip are offered. The half day trip is geared to people new at this pelagic thing, or those who want to minimize the time on a boat. These trips are part of the Monterey Bird Festival, so come and enjoy the other trips, lectures and more.


Date/Time: Check with vendor.
Book directly at www.elkhornsloughsafari.com

Description: Elkhorn Slough Safari is a birding adventure aboard an open 27-foot pontoon boat, allowing for exploration of the slough from a perspective usually experienced only by birds and sea otters. This tour offers a unique opportunity to observe these species in their native habitats, up close and personal. Shorebirds, raptors, grebes, and both harbor seals and sea otters are highlighted. Tours last 1.5-2 hours.
Transportation: Go directly to Elkhorn Slough Safari in Moss Landing. Meet in the Moss Landing Harbor Parking Lot: 7881 Sandholdt Rd, Moss Landing, 95039.


Date/Time: Check with vendor.
Book directly at www.kayakconnection.com
or call 831-724-5692. They are open from 9:00am to 5:00pm Pacific.

Description: Here’s your chance to take your own birding tour of Elkhorn Slough and enjoy a kayaking adventure–courtesy of Kayak Connection in Moss Landing. Shorebirds, sea otters, grebes, pelicans, plus the rarities of fall migration are possible on this guided trip. Some of the most intriguing spots of the slough are accessible only by kayak. Beginning kayakers are welcome and encouraged to sign up. Limited to 10 people in five double-kayaks.
Transportation: Go directly to Kayak Connection in Moss Landing. 


Date/Times: Check with vendor.
Book directly at www.whispercharters.com

Description: Silent as a whisper, the electric powered Selkie II glides across the waters of Elkhorn Slough. Explore the slough’s natural wonders on an elegant, eco-friendly electric cruiser. Elkhorn Slough is one of the premier bird watching sites in the western United States. More than 340 species visit or find permanent refuge here, a remarkable number given the slough’s relatively small size. The tremendous number and variety of birds at the slough attracts thousands of bird watchers from across the country each year. In addition, you’re likely to see sea otters, as well as harbor seals.
Transportation: Go directly to Whisper Charters in Moss Landing.

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