Rental kayaks from the Santa Cruz Wharf can easily access kelp beds and cliffs where otters, seals, sea lions and many other marine animals live. Rent from the wharf and paddle the wildlife-rich waters of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary near the Santa Cruz coast.

Your rental includes wetsuit and all kayak equipment. We even have waterproof bags for your camera or other items.

Do I Need Experience?

No! Beginners are welcome to rent open-deck kayaks (sit on top) which are easy to use and do not require experience. Experienced kayakers who are able to perform a self-rescue, can rent closed deck boats.

Our Convenient Location

The rental office is located at #2 Santa Cruz Wharf, near the Main Beach and Boardwalk.

We are in the first building on the east side of the pier.

Kayak Rental 3 Hours All Day
Single Ocean Kayaks (open top) $35 $55
Single Sea Kayaks (closed deck) $45 $65
Double kayaks (open top) $60 $80
Double (closed deck) $75 $100


Summer Rentals

April 30-September 28

Mon-Fri: 10:00am-7:00pm*
Sat-Sun: 9:00am-7:00pm*

*These times are subject to change due to weather and other factors. For late afternoon rentals, please call 831 425 8445 for a reservation. We sometimes close early if there are no rental reservations or the weather is bad.

Last boat goes out to sea at 5:00 p.m. in the summertime.


Winter Rentals … October-April

Weekdays after 9:00am by appointment

          Nice Weekends: 9:00am to 4:00pm reservations required call to check on the weather conditions and to be sure we are open

Winter rentals from the Wharf are by appointment only. Please call to reserve 831 427 2267 or try the rental office on the Wharf at 831 425 8445.

Please note that we will be closed during periods of high seas or bad weather.