One of our favorite activities is sharing our love of kayaking and camping with others.
We have a wide variety of trips for you to chose from. Some are fully equipped and catered. On some you provide your own camping gear and food.
On some we drive right in and set up a base camp. On some we load all the gear in the kayaks and set up camp along the way.
We make it very easy for you to join us on our multi-day outings. We provide tandem or solo kayaks, life vests and paddling equipment as well as safety equipment.
Our ACA certified instructors make sure that your experience is fun and safe and comfortable!!
Check out the following trips and choose the one you like best.
Prime Big Horn Sheep viewing during March and April
Join us for three days of paddling on the Colorado River where it flows through Black Canyon just below Hoover Dam. Viewing the huge dam from a tiny kayak is quite inspiring. This is a beautiful stretch of river with Hot Springs, Waterfalls and a Sauna Cave to enjoy. Big Horn Sheep, Bald Eagles and Ospreys also inhabit the area. This is a great paddle to learn to be self-sufficient in a kayak. Participants will be responsible for their own camping gear, food and water.
4-Day Adventure: Friday, October 11 - Monday, October 14, 2013
7-Day Adventure: Tuesday, July 15 - Monday, July 21, 2014
4-Day Adventure: Friday, August 15 - Monday, August 18, 2014
Join us as we set sail from the Maritime Museum on San Diego Bay to the beautiful waters surrounding Catalina Island aboard the schooner Californian. This voyage offers a unique perspective on seamanship, maritime history and the awesome beauty of the Pacific Ocean.
Sailing aboard the Californian offers an opportunity to step into the past and experience the romance of tall ship sailing. The friendly and experienced crew will be happy to share their knowledge with you, and as an active member of the guest crew you will take your turn standing watch, hauling lines, manning the helm and perhaps even going aloft.
This adventure will use the tall ship, Californian, as our "moving hotel" as we cross the Pacific to various islands. Upon arrival we launch the kayaks to explore sea caves and beaches for an up- close-and-personal look at the amazing marine world of California sea lions, colorful sea stars, and the bright orange garibaldi,
The 4-day adventures explore the coast of Catalina Island. The 7-day adventures will visit three of the Channel Islands including Santa Cruz Island with world famous Painted Cave, the largest sea cave in the world.
Cost for the 4-day adventure is $775. The 7-day adventure is $1095. Includes sailing adventure (departure and return San Diego Maritime Museum, San Diego Bay), guided kayaking tours, meals and accommodations on the Californian.
Along with the challenge of sailing a tall ship and becoming accustomed to a more rustic lifestyle, you'll share with your shipmates the camaraderie of a sort rarely found on shore. If you have an adventuresome spirit, a robust nature and a passion for the sea, then this is the trip for you!
View our photos from the latest trip http://www.flickr.com/photos/eventvenuesmmsd/sets/72157636693702873/
To sign up and to get a complete itinerary and equipment list go to the San Diego Maritime Museum webpage at:
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Experience the excitement of Orca whales while paddling the San Juan Islands. There is no route more inspiring than exploring the San Juan Islands. We paddle an average of 10 miles each day which gives us plenty of time to explore and relax.
This tour uses remote camps which will be our home each night. The camps offer a wilderness setting with the comforts of roomy dome tents and home cooking in the camp kitchen. All camping gear and meals are provided. All you bring is your sleeping bag, clothing and personal items. The San Juan Islands have a mild summer climate with daytime temperatures 60-70F and nighttime temperatures 50-60F.
Saturday, July 9 - Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, August 6 - Sunday, August 14, 2011
Only 10 spots available on this tour
You will experience two of our most popular trips for just one low price on this HUGE adventure. We have combined our whale encounter with our glacier tour. This trip is fully catered and all camping equipment is supplied. All you bring is your sleeping bag, clothing and adventurous spirit. Here is how our itinerary pans out.
Floatplanes will pick us up and fly west to Kupreanof Island, one of Southeast Alaska's premiere areas to view whales. The coastline offers miles of beaches and coves to explore by sea kayak. Humpback whales are only one of the many animals feeding in the rich waters offshore.
River otters search the beach looking for a dinner of crab and clams while bald eagles keep a watchful eye, searching for salmon returning to spawn in nearby creeks. For those interested in doing some land-based exploring, our neighbors include black bear, moose, deer, mink, and wolf. After each exciting day we'll spend our evening recalling the days events by a warm fire on the beach.
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Have you ever actually touched a whale? Here is the opportunity to really do it. The whales are comfortable with the Mexican fishermen so they come right up to the boats for some gentle head rubs. They really do want to communicate with us.
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Here is a great opportunity to learn how to kayak in a beautiful remote setting. Lake Morena is located in the mountains an hour east of San Diego. We will drive over Friday evening and set up camp for two nights.
On Saturday we will start with on-land instruction and then head out on the water. Instruction will include balancing, entering and exiting the kayak, five different paddling strokes, turning and safety.
8-Days/7 nights, January 1-8, 2010
This tour uses a cabin at a lodge, which will be our home each night. The lodge is located on a private island within the 10,000 island area. We will take shuttle boats out to the local islands and mangroves where we will be dropped off to explore in our kayaks. We will paddle an average of 5-8 miles each day.
Some days we will get dropped off on a white sand beach on one of the 10,000 islands and spend the day exploring the small keys in the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way we will encounter dolphins, sea turtles, white pelicans, and snowy egrets.
Saturday, May 23 - Monday, May 25, 2009
Sponsored by the Valley Wide Kayak Club
Let's get out of town for the Memorial Day weekend and explore Morro Bay State Park.
We have reserved one campsite at the edge of the campground for the holiday weekend.
The park includes Morro Rock Ecological Reserve, the outstanding Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History, and the Heron Rookery Natural Preserve.
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Join us in exploring this Pacific bay only five hours south of San Diego.
We will camp on the beach of the outer bay and take day paddles to explore the historic features and unique geography of this area. From pristine white sand beaches to volcanic tide pools, there is plenty of exploring to do here. We will be sharing the bay with many varieties of marine mammals, birds and fish. Sea lions and dolphins play in both the inner and outer bays.
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Join us on this unique adventure to discover one of the high plateaus of Baja just a few hours south of the U.S./Mexico border.
The Sierra de Juarez mountain range is a land of cool mountain air and remote primitive camping. In the heart of this rugged region is a small mountain lake named Laguna Hanson, surrounded by tall ponderosa pines and unusual rock formations. We will leave San Diego on Saturday morning and drive down a beautiful stretch of the Pacific Coast to Ensenada. Then we head inland into the Sierra de Juarez mountains.
Wednesday - Sunday, November 27 - December 1, 2013
Join us for our annual Thanksgiving adventure on the water. We spend four glorious days paddling flat water on the lower Colorado River.
This is a great opportunity to learn to be self-sufficient in a kayak. For those novice kayakers, we teach you how to pack all the gear you need for our multi-day adventure. Each kayak holds approximately 2.5 backpacks worth of gear.
For experienced kayakers, this is a fantastic opportunity to explore the desert and mountainous area of the Colorado River where it flows between Arizona and California.
We start our 40-mile journey in the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge and continue through the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge. Along the way we camp in four different remote camps, hike slot canyons, and visit historic mines and homesites.
We have a scrumptious Thanksgiving feast on Thursday evening. Family Kayak Adventure Center will provide the holiday turkey and we each bring part of the holiday meal to share.
Costs are $359 per person. Package includes kayaks and paddling gear, camping/parking/shuttle fees and instructor/guide. Both single and double kayaks are available. Round trip ground transportation from San Diego is provided for the first 7 persons to sign up. $100 discount with your own kayak.
Participants are responsible for their own camping gear, food, and drinking water. A detailed itinerary and equipment list is provided.
To request an itinerary/equipment list or reserve space for this event, call us at 619-282-3520 or email us.
Once your space is reserved, you can download and print the 2-page Trip Sign-up PDF form. Just fill it out and mail or fax it to the address on the form along with your payment. Once your paperwork is received, a confirmation and more detailed information will be sent to you.
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Adult with Own Kayak
Join us on this great flat water paddle on the Colorado River just above the Imperial Dam. We provide the transportation from San Diego to the river, then we launch our boats and paddle up river to our boat-in campsite.
We will spend our days exploring the many reed-lined channels and off-river lakes in the area.
We will spend our evenings around the warmth of the campfire sharing stories and tall tales.