Pirate of the Coast

Mendocino’s wild and scenic Pacific waters are filled with dramatic coves and caves best explored by kayak. Push…

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Mendocino’s wild and scenic Pacific waters are filled with dramatic coves and caves best explored by kayak. Push your paddling boundaries with the experienced guides of Kayak Mendocino.

Their amazing Sea Cave Nature Tour explores sea caves that cut through the sheer cliffs making up the Mendocino coastline.

Starting from Van Damme Cove, just a few miles south of downtown Mendocino, you’ll be outfitted with a life vest (and a wetsuit, if wanted). Then you’ll push off and spend a few minutes honing your skills in the calm waters of the cove before heading to the first cave, which leads to a spectacular view of harbor seals—and their pups in the spring—bathing in the sun on rock outcroppings. Continue paddling through small channels and passageways, reaching at least two more caves and a blowhole!

Be sure to look down through the clear waters to see what lies beneath. On the return journey get a fresh vantage of views you may have missed and take a break from paddling as the current pushes you back to shore. It’s a pirate’s life for you!

BONUS: Kayak Mendocino also offers stand-up paddleboard tours and kayak surfing tours.

Kayak Mendocino uses “sit on top” single- and double-person kayaks. No experience is necessary for the main tours, and all age groups are welcome. A change of clothes is recommended, as you will get wet during your tour (or ask for a wetsuit). The tour is approximately 1.5 hours but is subject to change depending on weather and tide conditions. Tours starting at Van Damme Cove begin at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2 p.m. and cost $60 per adult and $40 for children under the age of 12. Reservations can be made by calling (707 ) 813-7117.

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