Suitable for all levels of experience, the Sea Cave Nature Tour is a great way to explore the Mendocino Coastline up close. Two tours leave from Van Damme State Park every day. Go to Kayak Mendocino for details.
Depending on the tide, a quick 15 minute walk out to the bluffs from the Cobbler’s Walk property will bring you to some good spots for tidepool exploration. Be sure to leave everything as you find it, as it’s illegal to remove anything from state park property.
While surfers can sometimes be spotted on Van Damme beach and Big River beach farther north, they are usually the hale and hearty kind, complete with thick wet suits, due to the chilly water temperatures.
Also at the mouth of Big River (south) you can visit Catch a Canoe & Bicycles Too, where outriggers, kayaks, canoes, and other seafaring modes of transport are available for rent. Head up the Big River Estuary to explore over 8 miles of undeveloped forest, now part of the Mendocino Headlands State Park. Be sure to take note of the tides as it will take up to 3x longer when paddling against the tide.
For whale watching or Deep Sea Fishing or Whale Watching try the following folks:
• Telstar Charters out of Fort Bragg, CA. This charter offers a 2-hour whale watching tour and tickets are $40 per person. If you have a group please contact them for a group rate. They have two trip times, once at 7 am for you early risers and again at 1 pm too.
• Also, in Fort Bragg is Anchor Charter Boats with their boat, The Trek II. This luxurious boat has a capacity of 40 people and a heated cabin for chilly days. Their tour is also 2 hours and tickets are $40 each. If you have a certain time in mind, be sure to contact them for reservations. Also, be sure to tip your captain!
• All Aboard Adventures with Captain Tim on his boat, Sea Hawk. This boat can carry up to 30 people and usually has about 3 trips a day. This is also a 2-hour trip and tickets are $40 per person. The ride out to the whales is usually very quick, and during peak Mendocino whale watching time, there is a high chance of seeing them