Next-Gen Maritime Touring

Elkhorn Slough

Join us for ninety minute cruises aboard the Slough Cat, a Coast Guard certified electric catamaran, gliding silently (and cleanly)  through the waters of Elkhorn Slough!

 

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We Are Local & Family-Owned

Protecting & Preserving

About Monterey Bay Eco Tours

Monterey Eco Tours is a new company on the local charter boat scene that has partnered up with Moss Landing Boatworks for an operating base with the objective to operate a viable tourism business while changing the face of the charter boat industry, both locally and beyond.

About the ‘Slough Cat’

The Slough Cat, built right here in Moss Landing, is a fully electric, 30+ passenger, Coast Guard-certified vessel. This is a custom 36’ catamaran built and designed especially for the waters of our very own Elkhorn Slough.

Meet the Crew

Wendy

Captain

Jake

Crew

Joe

Boatworks

Andrew

Logistics

What we do

Our Services

Daily Tours

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Private Charters

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School Groups

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Birding Tours

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What Drives Us

Our Mission

One of our guiding philosophies is that viewing the natural beauty of Monterey Bay and the Elkhorn Slough should have minimal impact on the wildlife and environment. A great step in that direction is the elimination or massive reduction of the noise and pollution caused by fossil fuel powered engines. Utilizing the ancient form of the canoe below the waterline, combined with modern design additions and materials, an extremely light, efficient catamaran can be built making it possible to power the vessel with electric motors.

Get Involved

The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation work with government, community agencies and other partners to protect this precious and scarce environment.

Testimonials

John, Daly City, CA

My family of 4 booked a tour with Monterey Bay Eco Tours after checking out other tour companies. We totally enjoyed the day. Our guide made sure we were comfortable, and was very accommodating with our children. We had a fabulous day and would recommend Monterey Bay Eco Tours to anyone considering an Elkhorn Slough Tour.

Anita, Phoenix, AZ

This was our fourth trip with Monterey Bay Eco Tours and it lived up to our very high expectations. The ship was quiet, clean, comfortable, and excellently crewed. A shout-out to our wonderfully informed guide who pointed out local flora and fauna. Excellent!

Life on the Slough

Photo Gallery

All images taken aboard the Slough Cat

Brown Pelican

Scientific Name: Pelecanus occidentalis

Southern Sea Otter

Scientific Name: Enhydra lutris

Purple-striped Jelly

Scientific name: Chrysaora colorata

Harbor Seal

Scientific Name: Phoca vitulina

Common murre

Scientific name: Uria aalge

Brandt's cormorant

Scientific name: Phalacrocorax penicillatus

Before you visit

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes our tour different?

Our 32 USCG certified passenger vessel is fully electric!

How to dress?

Please dress warmly and in layers. Sun hats are recommended as well as there is not a roof on the vessel. Weather in Monterey Bay can be unpredictable and we go out rain or shine.

Is there a bathroom on the boat?

There is a small marine style “head” or restroom on board the Slough Cat but we recommend using the bathrooms we have available at the docks before setting off on the tour.

Are children allowed?

Yes, children of all ages are allowed on board.

Is there parking?

Yes! Monterey Bay Eco Tours is located at 7501 Sandholt Rd with plenty of free parking available on site and easy to find. Check in at the booth in the parking lot *

How early should we arrive?

Please arrive with at least 20 minutes before the boat is scheduled to leave as that will give you ample time to check in and use the restroom if needed before boarding the vessel

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