Ocean Kayaking Experience In Brookings - Ashland

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    08:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    16362 Lower Harbor Rd, Brookings, OR 97415, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


With easy access to the ocean via the wild and scenic Chetco River mouth, the Brookings ocean tour offers a variety of experiences ranging from frequent pelican, seal and sea lion sightings to picturesque coves as well as a wide range of ocean plant life at Chetco Point. The start of your tour in the boat basin offers easy, calm waters where you can view the many different commercial fishing boats and pleasure craft moored up to the docks. Total ocean paddling distance is about 3.3 miles.


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Popular choice with kids

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We meet at the dock in the boat basin where we have our safety talk and get equipped with wetsuits, booties and personal flotation devices. You get comfortable with your kayak in the calm waters of the estuary before making the paddle into the Pacific Ocean and out to Chetco Point. On your way out to the ocean you can view the many recreational fishing vessels and sailboats moored to the docks as well as the many different birds, sea lions and harbor seals. Crossing the Chetco River bar is as easy as it gets in Oregon. This heavily protected river mouth is a breeze to cross and once you hit the ocean everything changes. We paddle through kelp forests, offshore rocks and coves until we reach Chetco Point where we can take a quick break on the protected beach to stretch our legs. There are usually Brown Pelicans, Pigeon Guillemots, Osprey, Cormorants and Common Murres as well as lots of curious Harbor Seals! Sometimes the seals get close enough to get some good pictures and swim under our kayaks. Often times paddlers can get close experiences with the migrating or summer resident Gray Whales. Harbor Porpoise are also sometimes seen on this paddle. Round trip usually takes around 2 hours and the paddling difficulty is easy to medium level.


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Great low impact exercise




Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Bring clothing that can go under a wetsuit like bathing suits (no jeans) or water pants

Bring a jacket to go over the farmer john wetsuits (there are no sleeves on suits)

Hats and/or beanies and sunglasses are nice to have

Not recommended for participants with serious back problems

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

We require masks until we get out on the water. Thanks for bringing your mask.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 03-Oct-2022

    It was the best morning! Emily is a fantastic guide! We saw an abundance of wildlife, including too many seals to count. We will be back!

  • 29-Jul-2022

    My husband and I had the time of our lives sea kayaking with South Coast Tours! Guides Emily and Katie were fantastic and so knowledgeable, and made us feel so comfortable as first time sea kayakers and pointing out cool local ecology along the way. We kayaked through the most beautiful portion of the Oregon Coast I've ever seen. What an insanely cool experience - if I could give the tour 20 stars I would! We'll be back, for sure.

  • 11-Jun-2022

    Our guide really spent a lot of time explaining ocean currents, pointed out birds and other fun facts

  • 29-May-2022

    Had a great time on what turned out to be a beautiful day! Katie was a great guide and made me and my friend feel safe and have some fun on our first ocean kayaking experience. Thank you for a great experience!

  • 12-May-2022

    We had a great day on the water with Katie. We saw amazing birds and seals and the Weather was perfect.

  • 03-May-2022

    Excellent wildlife tour of Port Orford, Oregon coast. Amazing scenery. Very informative guide. Smooth sailing in their safe inflatable over gently rolling swells on a perfect day. The very best !

  • 25-Sep-2021

    Absolutely stunning day. Easy to reserve, prompt, friendly service. Good value. Our guide Emily was delightful!

  • 15-Aug-2021

    We had a great time! Despite a little sea sickness and some confusion right when we arrived, we are easy going and just go with the flow. Moms be prepared to change into a wet suit virtually in public. Marcus was very nice and we had pretty good weather. My 13 year old daughter who usually gets motion sick was fine! And my 17 year old son loved it. Very fun experience. Thank you so much!

  • 26-Jul-2021

    Great experience with Marcus - our family of 4 absolutely loved it!! It was a gray dreary and cold day - but in our wetsuits and excellent quality kayaks we were ready to paddle - time and distance was perfect and the little stopover near shore to explore a vast tidepool was fun. Marcus had called us the day prior warning of the inclement weather so we adjusted our plan from singles to tandems and from Arches to Brookings - it worked out perfectly and Marcus is a delight!

  • 06-Sep-2020

    Marcus did a fabulous job leading our tour! We went out with 5 other people including a marine biologist couple who gave us a ton of info about what we were seeing. We got to kayak through a ton of arches, we saw sea stars, sea anemones, baby comorants and are seaweed. We loved it, beautiful day and great people. We highly recommend it!

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