From the issue Go SLO!
"Awesome! Nice! Whoo-hoo!" This is the most common thing you'll hear on a morning sea kayak trip with SLO Coast Kayaks. The outfitter's owner and lead guide, Vincent Shay, loves what he does—and his enthusiasm is positively contagious. He's been kayaking for over 20 years and now runs his own show. The Fossil Point Adventure trip is one of the best and most exciting ways to really see the Central Coast. Suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers, this excursion has it all: sea caves, hidden pocket beaches, wildlife, and Vincent! After a briefing on kayaking basics, he'll have you weaving between the pillars under Avila Pier and building your confidence with every "awesome!", "nice!", and "whoo-hoo!" Adventurous types can kayak through sea caves and dart through sea arches, while those just out to enjoy the sights can take it easy cruising with the cormorants along the rocky coast. Stop for a beach snack at Pirate's Cove then paddle back the way you came. Nice!
TIP: SLO Coast Kayaks shares a building with Portside Coffee and the Port Harford Chandlery Pub. Enjoy Illy coffee and, post-kayak, a pint of locally brewed Firestone Walker DBA.
SLO Coast Kayaks (805-714-3637). The Fossil Point Adventure Tour is $60 per person. They also offer a Sunset Harbor Tour for $60. Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available to rent without a tour.