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Wildin’ Mission Bay Eco Tours

Be an Ocean Connector and join us on our Wildin’ Mission adventure! Whether you want to kayak, stand up paddle board, or boat, we have you covered. Explore Mission Bay from the water while our naturalist guide teaches you about the local wildlife, ecology, and conservation efforts in the area. 

Kayaking: Take a guided kayaking tour through Mission Bay starting from Paradise Point Resort & Spa or Mission Bay Resort. See marine life, as well as native and migratory bird species as you kayak through this iconic San Diego spot. Also, learn about local conservation efforts and Ocean Connector’s mission.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding:Take a guided stand up paddle boarding tour through Mission Bay. See the wildlife that inhabits the Bay while learning about local wildlife and conservation efforts.

Wine Tasting on the Water: Enjoy a leisurely cruise through Mission Bay. Learn about wildlife while tasting local wines. Please contact for more details.

Duration 2 Hours
Group Size Maximum 10
Ticket Cost $55/$35
Season Year Round

Wildin’ Mission Bay Highlights

  • Our Wildin’ Mission Bay Eco Tour offers an unforgettable experience showcasing the various avian and marine species within the bay!
  • You can enjoy this tour by kayak, stand up paddle board, or boat.
  • You will learn about local conservation efforts to restore salt marshes, and why these areas are crucial to mitigate the effects of climate change.
  • We will also teach you about the different endangered species occupying the area. 
  • Tickets directly support our free educational programs for local students!

What a great day out on the water! Thank you to the Ocean Connector team for organizing a great trip and for all you do to educate about conserving our oceans.

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Whats Included – Wildin’ Mission Bay

  • Two-hour naturalist guided kayak or stand up paddle board tour.
  • Groups can inquire about boat tours by emailing
  • All equipment included: kayaks, paddles, paddle boards, boats, life jackets, and even sunscreen.

What You Need to Know – Wildin’ Mission Bay

  • This tour is recommended for ages 8 and up and it is a great option for beginner kayakers and stand up paddle boarders, as well as experienced participants.
  • Our kayaks and stand up paddle boards can accommodate a maximum weight of 275 pounds (if you exceed this weight or have any physical limitations, please let us know in advance).
  • Children under the age of 12 must ride in a kayak with an accompanying adult.
  • All participants must submit a signed liability waiver and photo release form, and participants under the age of 18 must have the waiver and form signed by a parent or guardian.
  • All participants must wear life a jacket (provided) and stay with the group (pace is based on the slowest paddlers in the group).

FAQs Wildin’ Mission Bay Eco Tours

How is this kayaking tour different than Wildlife Kayaking?

Mission Bay Kayaking is shorter and less demanding than our other option. This tour is more centrally located and offers different plant and animal habitats as it is not located in wetlands or the wildlife refuge.

You do not need any prior birding experience to join this trip! Our naturalist guide will help you identify birds and share interesting facts as well as teach you about local ecology and conservations efforts. The San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a hotspot for birdlife and as a result there is something for everyone. In other words, you do not need to be an expert birder to enjoy this tour!

What fitness level is required?

Since this is a wildlife viewing tour we will paddle slowly to be able to enjoy nature and wildlife. There is no minimum required fitness level to participate in this tour. If you have any physical limitations, please let us know in advance. 

What makes this an “eco” tour?

Ocean Connectors is a nonprofit program with a mission to educate, inspire, and connect youth in underserved Pacific coastal communities through the study of migratory marine life. When you purchase your Eco Tour ticket all proceeds go directly back to our youth education programs. All of our tours also focus on environmental education and conservation and align with our mission to educate, inspire and connect. We hope to inspire guests to get involved in protecting our oceans!

How does my ticket purchase support youth education?

Ocean Connectors provides presentations and field trips for all public elementary and middle schools in National City, as well as 27 schools in Nayarit, Mexico. Our vision is to cultivate a future generation of passionate, globally-aware, and empowered coastal residents who take active steps to enjoy and protect ocean health. All proceeds of your ticket price goes directly toward these free youth education programs.

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Contact for requests about additional options, private tours, and group bookings. 

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