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Protecting & Preserving
About Monterey Bay Eco Tours
Join us for a 90 min cruise on the Elkhorn Slough viewing the abundance of Southern Sea Otters, Harbor seals and other marine mammals as well as hundreds of bird species that inhabit the Elkhorn Slough. Enjoy this spectacular wetland aboard a FULLY electric custom catamaran, gliding quietly and cleanly through these calm and protected waters. Our Naturalist on board facilitates a viewing experience jam packed with wildlife. Children of all ages are welcome. Restroom on board and free parking available. Leaves from Moss Landing Boat Works.
About the ‘El Cat’
The El Cat, built right here in Moss Landing, is a fully electric, 32 passenger, Coast Guard-certified vessel. This is a custom 37’ catamaran built and designed especially for the waters of our very own Elkhorn Slough. Joe Kitchell at Left Coast Composites used a proprietary fiberglass/carbon fiber vacuum infusion system to build an extremely strong, light-weight catamaran powered by 2 independent 20 horse power Elco electric motors running on 48 volts.
What we do
Monterey Bay Eco Tours offers daily tours on the El Cat year round. The hour and a half trip takes you from El Cat’s berth at Moss Landing Boatworks through the winding tidal flats of Elkhorn Slough deep into the reserve.
We can accommodate private groups as large as 32 and will schedule a private charter tailored to fit your needs. Our boat is a great platform to move around and mingle with your business partners or extended family in a tranquil outdoor setting. Catering is also available. Contact us for our special group rates.
The Elkhorn Slough is visited by over 340 species of birds throughout the year. This tranquil estuary has such an abundant variety of habitat for so many unique species that it is a birder’s paradise! Photographers love our boat because of the lack of vibration from the electric motors. Contact us for the special birder group rate. Click here for link to Audubon Elkhorn Slough site.
What’s New on the Slough
The Eucalyptus Tree is an invasive tree brought to California in the 1850's. Once thought as “The single tree upon which the hope of the nation is fastened, the only tree which could possibly avert… the inevitable ravages of the hastening timber famine, is the...
Lots to do in Mosslanding and the Elkhorn Slough Being close to sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, and a plethora of birds diving, and dabbling for food reconnects you to the natural world around you. Many studies show just looking at pictures of baby animals can...
We Love Sea Otters One of our favorite marine mammals here on the Elkhorn slough is the Sea Otter. It turns out that they are not just the cutest most playful and curious of all the marine mammals on the slough, they have an important role in taking care of the Health...
What Drives Us
Our goal is to provide a delightful educational experience on a comfortable, eco-friendly and quiet electric catamaran. We believe that viewing the natural beauty of the Elkhorn Slough should have minimal impact on the wildlife and environment. It is our vision to become a leading example of a charter boat company that demonstrates a model of environmental sustainability.
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.
John, Daly City, CA
Anita, Phoenix, AZ
Before you visit
Frequently Asked Questions
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What makes our tour different?
Our 37 foot, fully electric catamaran was custom built in 2019 to create an entirely immersive experience where you not only see but hear the surrounding wildlife without fossil fueled powered engines!