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La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour

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Enjoy the sublime coastal scenery as you spot abundant marine life during this kayaking trip in La Jolla’s sea caves and ecological reserve. Paddle along with your expert naturalist guide as you observe the numerous species of birds, dolphins, sea lions and even orcas that inhabit the area. Also, kayak among the lush kelp beds that grow in the reserve and, if conditions permit, explore inside the sea caves that dot the area’s rocky coastline. This La Jolla caves trip includes all necessary equipment, a life jacket, guide, and optional wetsuit rental.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Historic Kayak Tour of Napa Valley
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Historic Kayak Tour of Napa Valley

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Experience the Napa Valley’s natural beauty and fascinating history on a fun and memorable kayak tour. With an informative local guide leading the way, hop in a comfortable and beginner-friendly kayak, and paddle down the valley’s waterways. Identify birds, see rare animal species, learn about the first people to settle the area, and see historic buildings damaged in the 2014 earthquake.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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Original La Jolla Sea Cave Kayak Tour for Two

Original La Jolla Sea Cave Kayak Tour for Two

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Explore La Jolla Ecological Reserve's sea caves during a 90-minute kayaking tour. Follow your experienced guide through several diverse ecological habitats, home to one of the highest concentrations of sea life in California. Paddle toward the Seven Sea Caves, where you can get stunning views from inside Emerald Cave, the only north-facing cave in the state (conditions permitting). Explore a giant kelp forest inhabited by wildlife like otters, harbor seals and sea lions. Use of all kayaking equipment is included; no kayaking experience is necessary.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide

Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide

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This private Santa Barbara kayaking tour lets you explore the marine life and landmarks of Santa Barbara Harbor and the spectacular coastline on the ‘American Riviera’ along one of four different routes. Take in views of rugged shoreline cliffs and the Santa Ynez Mountains, and be on the lookout for dolphins and seals. This 1.5- to 2.5-hour tour is led by an experienced kayak guide who points out natural features and customizes the speed of the ride according to your skill level.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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$60.00

Laguna Beach Open Ocean Kayaking Tour with Sea Lion Sightings

Laguna Beach Open Ocean Kayaking Tour with Sea Lion Sightings

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We are the most affordable tour company in town (BY FAR) You will be using brand new equipment coupled with an experienced local guide. We take you to some of the most scenic areas of Laguna Beach! Our tours often fully book so we recommend that you book your reservation ahead of time.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise
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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.00
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise

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Go whale watching from San Diego aboard a replica of a historic sailing schooner that won the world’s first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. Throughout your cruise, your expert guide shares informative commentary about gray whales, dolphins, and other marine animals, along with details about the US Navy sites you pass as you head out on the Pacific Ocean.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket

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Gain admission to the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, located at Pier 39 between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Alcatraz ferry landing. A general admission ticket provides direct access to all of the aquarium’s main exhibit areas, which house more than 20,000 sea creatures. Learn what is typically found in San Francisco Bay and the nearby Pacific, including sharks, river otters, and even octopuses. The aquarium features interactive exhibits, as well as walk-through glass tunnels where schools of anchovies and fluorescent jellyfish swim overhead and around you.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Zoo General Admission

San Francisco Zoo General Admission

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Explore all the San Francisco Zoo has to offer at your own pace with this full-day admission ticket. Go to the Leanne B. Roberts African Savanna exhibit, and spot animals native to Africa such as giraffes, zebras, and kudus. Stop by Penguin Island to watch the adorable Magellanic penguins. Check out and learn about more than 250 species that call the zoo home. 
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tour by Open-Top Bus

Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tour by Open-Top Bus

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See the sights of Hollywood on this tour by open-top Mercedes minibus, which allows you to enjoy unobstructed views as you go. Traveling with an on-board guide, you'll pass by attractions such as the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, and movie studios. Plus, get a look at some of the mansions where past and present stars have lived.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Skip-the-Line California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

Skip-the-Line California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket

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Enjoy easy access to the California Academy of Sciences with this pre-paid skip-the-line ticket. Walk right in to enjoy the museum's 4-story rain forest, planetarium, and aquarium. Avoid wasting your precious vacation waiting in the long lines to purchase tickets for this exhibit-packed museum. Your admission includes all shows and exhibits, and is a perfect activity for families. ***IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE*** Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of a scheduled museum visit is required for all Academy guests ages 12+, along with photo ID for guests ages 18+. Masks are required indoors for all guests ages 2+.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

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Drive down one of the most scenic roads in California on this full-day tour from San Francisco. Cruise along the coast-hugging Highway 1, passing the mansions of Pebble Beach on the iconic 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy free time to explore Monterey, where you can stroll down Steinbeck’s Cannery Row or visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Browse the ritzy boutiques of Carmel-by-the-Sea and get a glimpse of Silicon Valley’s tech campuses on the return drive to San Francisco.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

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Look for whales as they migrate through the waters of the Pacific Ocean off of California on this half-day whale-watching cruise from Monterey. Your naturalist guide shares commentary about the whales and their habitat as you search for gray whales (most common), humpback and blue whales, and other marine life such as dolphins and sea lions during your cruise. Get tips for great photo ops and learn all about the mighty creatures at one of California's most famous whale-watching destinations.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods & Wine Country w/ optional Gourmet Lunch

San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods & Wine Country w/ optional Gourmet Lunch

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For one of the best wine country tours from San Francisco, combine a visit to Northern California wine country with a Muir Woods experience for a truly fabulous day out. This Super Saver provides two popular tours at one discount price, allowing you to see and taste the delights of Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties. You’ll begin with a walk through Muir Woods National Monument with an informative guide to stare up in wonder at the towering redwood trees. Then you'll visit three wineries, with wine-tasting included. You’ll also cross the Golden Gate Bridge and have free time on Sonoma Plaza to buy lunch if you haven't opted to upgrade to the lunch option.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$159.00
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Santa Barbara Kayak Tour

Santa Barbara Kayak Tour

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Get another perspective on the southern California coast during this leisurely kayak tour in Santa Barbara. Learn the basics of kayaking from your guide, and hear about Santa Barbara’s natural history and marine life during your tour. Includes use of all kayaking gear.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.00
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Russian River Kayak Tour at the Beautiful Sonoma Coast

Russian River Kayak Tour at the Beautiful Sonoma Coast

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Our Sonoma Coast Kayak Tour takes you to the edge of the beautiful Pacific Ocean where we explore the Russian River as it meets the sea. Birds, seals, the occasional passing whale, and relaxing on the river are the highlights of this great day on the water. Expect to spend approximately 3 hours on this tour which includes paddling the river and walking on the beach while gazing out on the Pacific Ocean.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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Laguna Beach Kayak Tour with Sea Lion Viewing

Laguna Beach Kayak Tour with Sea Lion Viewing

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Paddle a kayak along Laguna Beach’s scenic coastline on a guided, 2-hour tour that takes in hidden reefs, swaying kelp forests, sheltered coves and beaches. Watch for bright garibaldi fish and playful dolphins as you explore alongside your experienced guide, learn about the area’s unique ecosystems, then get an up close look at Laguna’s sea lion colonies. Enjoy fresh Pacific breezes while steering your kayak through the gentle swell, and experience California’s vibrant nature and wildlife from the water.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor

Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor

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Explore the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe on a 4.5-hour guided kayak tour from Sand Harbor. Paddle past granite boulders to hidden beaches and swimming holes along one of the most pristine alpine lakes in North America. Includes a picnic lunch and the use of all kayaking equipment.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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Santa Barbara Wildlife and History Kayaking Tour
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Santa Barbara Wildlife and History Kayaking Tour

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Explore California’s gorgeous coast on a scenic kayak tour. With a knowledgeable, experienced guide leading the way, bring the whole family and navigate Santa Barbara’s picturesque waterfront. Learn about the region's history and wildlife, admire the rugged coastal mountains, and watch for pelicans and egrets, dolphins and sea lions. You may even see a family of gray whales on its annual migration.
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  • 2 hours
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$60.00
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Guided Kayak Tour on Russian River

Guided Kayak Tour on Russian River

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Paddle your way through California’s gorgeous wine country on a guided kayak tour. Paddle your way down the Russian River that winds through Sonoma County. Enjoy the leisurely pace that kayaking affords while soaking up the spectacular scenery. No experience is necessary, and you can choose to paddle in a single kayak or ride tandem with a friend or family member. The guided tour includes a gourmet picnic lunch.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
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Coastline Kayak Tour near Santa Barbara
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Coastline Kayak Tour near Santa Barbara

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Paddle off for some adventure and wildlife spotting during this kayaking trip along the shores of Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara. Float along the Gaviota Coast, one of the last undeveloped, open sections of the California shore, stopping to look at underwater kelp beds and search for dolphins. You’ll cap it all off with lunch on a secluded beach plus swimming and kayaking games. A guide, lunch and all gear is included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour

Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour

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Paddle into the sunset along the Southern California coast during this beginner-friendly kayaking trip from Santa Barbara. Watch the last rays of the day melt into the Pacific as you travel through the glassy waters of Santa Barbara Harbor. As you move, you’ll pass by the historic wharf and past other boats, keeping your eyes out for marine life. An included lesson in astronomy and ecology from your guide is an added bonus. A guide and all necessary kayaking gear is included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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Kayak Tour of Historic Lake Tahoe West Shore

Kayak Tour of Historic Lake Tahoe West Shore

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Grab a paddle and voyage along the scenic west shore of Lake Tahoe on a guided, 2.5-hour morning kayak tour. Experience the full beauty of Tahoe in the summer while gliding through the pristine water, and learn about local history and legends like early settlers, the ill-fated Donner Party, and life on the lake before the advent of ski resorts and casinos.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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2 Hour Whale Watching Kayak Tour for Two

2 Hour Whale Watching Kayak Tour for Two

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Take a break from crowded beaches and paddle out to the gray whale migration grounds off the coast of La Jolla. Your guide ensures you visit the best sighting locations, where your kayak affords you a more intimate experience with the ocean and marine life than you could have on any boat. A kayaking tutorial is included to ensure your comfort and safety.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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What people are saying about Kayaking in California

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La Jolla Sea Caves Kayak Tour
"The tour guides were great! So much fun for family, couples or friends. Best to go on a day when the waves are not huge so you can go into the caves - but either way it’s a blast"..."
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Historic Kayak Tour of Napa Valley
"A great way to spend time in the nature of Napa right in downtown. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable. The Napa river has a great history. Fun for everyone!"..."
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Original La Jolla Sea Cave Kayak Tour for Two
"Our tour guides were Josh and Max. They were great. If I came back I'd probably do this again. Very laid back yet fulfilling experience. The guides play a big role in making it so comfortable. They deserve all the praise (and tips)."..."
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Kayak Tour of Santa Barbara with Experienced Guide
"the tour guides knowledge of the area.. he was awesome! We kayaked places we would not have been able to or have known about because of his expertise."..."
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Laguna Beach Open Ocean Kayaking Tour with Sea Lion Sightings
"Awesome day on the water with our guide, Justin. He shared fun facts about the sea life & Laguna Beach area. A “must do” activity when visiting this quaint area in so. Cal."..."
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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise
"Loved going under the Golden Gate Bridge! Saw pelicans and enjoyed viewing Alcatraz. On and off boarding was smooth."..."
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San Diego Whale Watching Cruise
"What a wonderful day!!! I truly enjoyed the experience and would encourage everyone to go as well! The boat is absolutely gorgeous and the crew was friendly, informative and inviting. I’m definitely going back!!"..."
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Aquarium of the Bay General Admission Ticket
"How do I get refund for being debited one adult no in our group Only two seniors Website difficult to locate ‘refund’ Gail Lang"..."
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San Francisco Zoo General Admission
"I saw animals in a zoo and I’m pretty sure the animals saw me, we made eye contact but we did not shake hands or nod. I want to say that the interactions went well, but at this point I really don’t know."..."
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Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tour by Open-Top Bus
"Tommy was super awesome and fun! I really enjoyed the tour. He gave very good information and kept us laughing."..."
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Skip-the-Line California Academy of Sciences General Admission Ticket
"All of it was so Awesome 👏🏽 my grandson’s “LOVED IT”!! Thank you 😊 I will be back with more of my family and friends. I enjoyed everything and had a GREAT TIME!!!"..."
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
"This tour was amazing. We stopped at so many beautiful places and had so many photo opportunities. Totally enjoyed seeing all of these areas. I wish we had a little more time in Carmel but all in all it was a great day!"..."
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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey
"Fantastic!! These guys know where to find the whales and what a spectacular view it was! Highly recommend and would definitely do again!"..."
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San Francisco Super Saver: Muir Woods & Wine Country w/ optional Gourmet Lunch
"Kimmy was a fantastic tour guide - super funny & had so much knowledge about all the sites we went to. Also the trip timing is great - plenty of time to walk a loop of muir woods, have lunch in the town square, and three pretty unique/different wineries."..."
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Santa Barbara Kayak Tour
"Beth had a bubbly personality and did a great job sharing her knowledge of the harbor. We were all pretty inexperienced and she made it so much fun. This was the best Experience we had while visiting Santa Barbara."..."
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Russian River Kayak Tour at the Beautiful Sonoma Coast
"Eric was a wonderful guide! Definitely coming back with more friends. He knew history about the town and it was just a great experience."..."
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Laguna Beach Kayak Tour with Sea Lion Viewing
"The kayak adventure is exactly as would expect for ocean kayaking. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Great experience."..."
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Guided Kayak Tour of Tahoe's Sand Harbor
"1st time ever kayaking for our group of 6.It was amazing. The water was so beautiful. Definitely a must!"..."
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Santa Barbara Wildlife and History Kayaking Tour
"Private tour of the pretty coast with an excellent and friendly guide. Kids loved it as did we! The facility was well run."..."
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Guided Kayak Tour on Russian River
"Great experience and great guide in Dustin Dalli. Very serene and plenty of wildlife. The lunch at the end is worth the wait."..."
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Coastline Kayak Tour near Santa Barbara
"Jose was AWESOME!!!! Was super engaging - made everything really easy!! And the company was great to work with! We had a blast and would do it again!"..."
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Santa Barbara Sunset Kayak Tour
"Scott was a great guide. We felt safe and had a great time. He was very knowledgeable. We saw the Santa Barbara area from a great perspective."..."
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Kayak Tour of Historic Lake Tahoe West Shore
"Our guide Alex was absolutely awesome! His talk was entertaining and informative. He is very friendly and made us feel at home."..."

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