Adventures by the Sea

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Guides lead kayakers through Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; SUP lessons teach students to balance and paddle atop longboards

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Promotional value expires Mar 14, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. 72hr cancellation notice required. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Must be 12 or older. Valid only at location listed. Not valid for corporate events. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose Between Two Options

  • $29 for a kayak tour or a two-hour SUP lesson for one (a $60 value)
  • $55 for a kayak tour or a two-hour SUP lesson for two (a $120 value)

Kayakers seven and older are outfitted with all kayaking gear, including a splash paddle suit or wetsuit, before a knowledgeable guide leads them through the kelp forests of Cannery Row, where otters and harbor seals dwell. Tours are regularly offered at 10 a.m, 2 p.m., and a 5 p.m. twilight tour is available during the summer.

During two-hour SUP lessons, students learn to balance on a large longboard as they propel across the water’s surface with a canoe paddle, getting a core-strengthening workout as they glide.

Adventures by the Sea

Adventures by the Sea is owner Frank Knight’s love letter to Monterey Bay. As an avid cyclist, kayaker, and surfer in his youth, Frank decided to share the gift of the bay by providing land- and sea-activity rentals for tourists. But, what started out as a small bike-rental shop frequented by local hotel guests eventually transformed into a four-location recreational company that now offers kayaking, bicycling, SUP paddling, and surrey-carriage rentals and tours.

Bicycle renters can cruise along 17-Mile Drive and the rocky shorelines of Pacific Grove, while surrey-carriage rentals provide a low-key communal pedaling adventure for up to four riders. Patrons can also enjoy the serene environment of Monterey Peninsula as they glide through the waters of Cannery Row and Stillwater Cove—both part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary—on the company’s kayaks and standup paddleboards (SUP). During tours, knowledgeable guides rattle off facts about the area while pointing out its wildlife, such as harbor seals lounging on the rocks and otters snapping pictures of kayakers.

Along with providing land and water activities, Adventures by the Sea helps guests build stronger relationships with one another through their local group adventures, which include scavenger hunts. When customers are ready to invest in their own trustworthy gear, the company’s pro shop helps them stock up on boogie boards, snorkeling equipment, and paddleboards from brands such as Surftech, Naish Hawaii, and Paddle Surf Hawaii.

Customer Reviews

We had such a great time stand up paddle boarding with Dustin! We will definitely be back to go out on our own. Thank you!
Andrea C. · March 14, 2013
Fabulous time! Our guide Ann was very informative and a ton of fun.
Deborah F. · January 7, 2013
Jan was a great tour-guide..very knowledgeable and informative. We had a great time even though I got sea-sick. So glad I wore the pants and jacket they recommended as it was pretty chilly out there!
Emily T. · October 22, 2012

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