July 03, 2010
"I just wanted to tell you what a GREAT experience this morning's trip
was. Yes - I was a bit scared at times, and yes, I ached a bit - but
that made it more of an adventure! Thanks so much to Chris - A great
guide. He explained everything fully, was so careful with safety
rules/info, and helped us have a very interesting and enjoyable paddle.
When I told my kids what I'd done their mouths dropped open - yeah for
us 'wrinklies' (I'm 71) - what a fun morning. Thank you very, very
July 14, 2010
"Last Saturday I took a sunset kayaking trip - Our guide, Chris was
absolutely fantastic! In spite of some members arriving late, and then
dawdling, and one member not having a reservation, Chris was able to
deliver a quality tour while being upbeat, enthusiastic and patient
throughout the evening. I will highly recommend Chris to all!"
SF Kayak really
is "As good as it gets!" Their guides are very professional and lots of
fun, you really get the feeling they are going to keep you safe while
making sure you and your friends have a blast kayaking the bay. I had a
great time and look forward to bringing my friends with me next time.
Los Angeles, CA
emotionally scarred for life by the movie "Jaws", I thought I would never set
foot in a kayak! Yet, I gave kayaking a try - I had a great time! It
Los Angeles, CA
I was in SF a
couple weeks ago, and a friend recommended I go on a trip with San
Francisco Kayak. I can't believe how amazing my kayaking trip was!!
Chris, our guide, was great, and I had so much fun. I felt energized and
connected to nature... I am so excited to go again and to share my
experience with friends and family. In fact, I will be returning to SF
next week, and I've already booked another trip with my boyfriend!!
San Francisco, CA
I had 2 friends
visiting the city so decided I wanted to show them the area from the
best vantage point...the water. Chris, our guide was very knowledgeable,
professional & above all fun. Chris guided us around Sausalito for
a sunset trip which was truly spectacular....the scenery here is
unforgettable....go & enjoy
San Francisco, CA
My boyfriend and I went kayaking
in Sausalito with SF Kayak this weekend and had an absolutely wonderful
time. Chris was our guide, and his partner Gloria was equally as
gracious and kind as he was. We explored the Sausalito houseboat
neighborhoods, saw seals and birds and rich people's houses from afar,
and a beautiful sunset as well. It was a truly enjoyable time, and I'd
absolutely go kayaking with these guys again!
San Francisco, CA
Twas a dark and
stormy day. But the storm blew over and there we were on the water
having the best time. Seal Harbors, birds, a magical sunset in
Sausalito and a very informative guide named Chris. The instruction was
easy and they provided all equipment, clean and safe. Had an amazing time and would HIGHLY recommend this company to everyone. I know I plan on using them again.
Went on a stormy
Friday night, was raining all day - dragged out my friend. Protesting
(mildly), and laughing the whole time. Was honestly one of the best
time's that I've ever had. I cannot recommend this enough.
Village of Clarkston, MI
I HIGHLY recommend this trip for
anyone! A couple of 60-year-old broads on vacation wanted to fulfill
their Bucket List, and we signed up and Chris and Gloria were wonderful!
Chris put up with our laughter and gave us wonderful information about
San Francisco as we paddled into the Bay, and up the Mission River past
AT&T Park to see the houseboats and on our way we saw harbor seal,
sea lion and even a jellyfish! Instructions were easy and us old broads
had a wonderful time - we hope to go again! Chris was the best, cannot
recommend anyone else to let you have a wonderful "zen" experience.
Chris didn't just do his job as our guide, he made the whole experience
awesome. Go to SF Kayak, you will not be sorry and when you go, tell him
that Pat and Linda say hello!!
Los Angeles, CA
Last week my
girlfriend brought me on my first trip to San Francisco and we started
things off with SF Kayak. It was honestly a delightful experience!!
Chris and Gloria really created a fun and exciting atmosphere.
Instructions were super easy to follow and presented in a lively manner.
I loved the information that was given about the entire area we were
kayaking around..it really made me feel connected with the experience.
Next time I'm back in San Francisco, I will definitely be taking another
trip with SF Kayak!
I was visiting
from Boulder and took the advice of friends to check out SF Kayak - They
are Great!! I had an amazing time on the Bay! I can't wait to come
back to San Fran to go on their Tomales Bay tour!!! Super Fun!
My husband and I were recently in San Francisco on our honeymoon. We
decided to go kayaking on the Bay. What an outstanding experience, from
getting into the kyaks and our guide Chris helping us gear up to being
out on the Bay. Chris is so knowledgable of the area. It was neat to
find out all the things we didn't know. We would recommend anyone who
has the opportunity to take a trip.
Phillip and Teresa Grant
Redwood City, CA
What an amazing time. Tour guide Chris took me on an amazing paddle
around Saulsalito's Richardson bay, stopping to point out and share
great information on the wildlife and history of the bay. I particularly
enjoyed the history of the amazing floating home neighborhood of
Sausalito. Anyone looking for a great weekend activity should consider
talking to Chris at SF Kayak and setting up a paddle on the water!
San Francisco, CA
Sooooooooo much fun! Our guide Chris was very helpful in teaching us the
finer points of kayaking and we got to see remarkable views of the
city. It really was an exceptional experience that I can't wait to share
with the rest of my family.
This review has been long overdue, but very much deserved. My
significant other and I were going through the alphabet to plan our date
and we landed on the letter K. We figured it's the most fun and unique
way to plan dates without doing the same thing twice. Since our one year
anniversary was just around the corner, it wasn't a complete surprise
that he decided to combine the two events and took me kayaking.
went on the Trick-or-Treat Kayaking Adventure evening tour on Halloween
night at the Sausalito Waterfront. Christopher, our tour guide, was
very professional and thorough. The tour lasted about three hours
accompanied by Chris, of course. He was very communicative and
informational. Sausalito was such a magnificent view. The intimate
community was phenomenal. Everyone was super sweet and they also gave us
Unfortunately, even after attempting to protect our
camera in three Ziploc plastic bags we managed to still get it wet. We
got only two pictures of that night and a dead camera. Because Chris
shared our disappointment, he offered us a complimentary kayak adventure
for two. I highly recommend San Francisco Kayak to anyone seeking an
adventure. They are a newly start-up company and are very passionate
about what they do.
My wife an I, along with two of our friends recently went on an evening
kayak tour of the Sausalito waterfront with Chris. It was a delightful
trip, and I can't recommend this enough. Absolutely great!
San Francisco, CA
Chris is an AMAZING leader and guide. He's a laugh and a half and is
quite experienced and knowledgeable. My friend and I went out in
Sausalito and had a blast. We saw seals, marine birds, crazy
houseboats... and had soooooooo much fun!
Rain, sun, overcast...whatever. As long as it's not windy, you can kayak! GO! DO IT! KAYAK!
My husband and I went on a kayak
trip with Chris a little over a week ago. It was a small group, as only
one other couple joined us. We had a good time, and I would recommend
this trip to others.
First of all, you can tell Chris loves
kayaking. He said he goes out about 300 days of the year, and he was
able to be clear in teaching us some basic things to know before we
headed out. Now, I'm kind of a weakling, so I was a bit nervous about
heading out on a 2 hour kayak trip. I was so happy that every 10-15
minutes or so, Chris would stop and tell us something interesting about
what we were seeing. It made the kayaking a breeze.
enjoyed seeing the floating houses in Richardson Bay. Chris knew so much
about the history of how these houses came to be. Another really cool
part of the trip was rowing past a huge group of harbor seals. At one
point, a seal could not have been more than 10 feet from us as he swam
by. So neat! I wish I had my camera, but being a scardy cat, I left my
camera safely in a waterproof bag the whole trip.
about some other tours he does - further into the bay and even overnight
camping on Angel Island. He seems pretty flexible on the trips he's
willing to offer.
It did start drizzling when we were out, but it
was no big deal. I will admit I was nervous, since it had been raining
on and off all day, about whether we could go on the trip. We hadn't
gotten any phone calls to confirm the trip was still going on.
also did get significantly wet. The front of my pants and my shirt were
pretty soaked. I was the only one that this happened to, so I was kind
of bummed because I was told I put all the waterproof gear on correctly.
I guess I messed something up.
At the end of the trip, Chris
gave us a 30% off coupon for any future trips with him. If we lived in
the area, we would definitely go on another trip with Chris.
Castro Valley, CA
Using a fabulous Groupon I went out with SF KAYAK with 3 other
girlfriends this last weekend on the two hour tour out of Sausalito.
Great trip to start out on...our group was made up of 8 people plus the
guide and most of us were beginners.
Chris was our
guide....FANTASTIC, obviously loves kayaking and it is very infectious.
He taught us some techniques before we got on the water, showed us some
of the floating houses and let us in on a bit of the history of the
area...very fascinating. He would stop every once and a while to regroup
and check on everyone. Super friendly, relaxed and fun
definitely recommend them and would totally go again even without the
Groupon...i am eager to try the Angel island camping adventure.
I made a surprised kayaking trip plan
for my our anniversary. The hubby and I have never been kayaking cuz I
was always afraid of the possibility of getting capsized in open water.
I've read everything on the company's website about where to park, what
to wear, time to meet and cancellation rules. And of course, all the
We booked the morning Sausalito trip with Chris -- this
was recommended for the beginners and total newbees. We arrived about 20
mins early and our guide, Chris, was already there to greet us. Chris
was very professional and enthusiastic about the sport. The company is
very well equipped, even an extra water proof coat to protect our
clothes from getting damaged by salty-moisture in the air. Chris had
very extensive knowledge of the history of the floating homes and, every
10-15 mins, he'd stop and talk and let us ask questions -- this is also
his way of letting some of us catch up and take in the views and fresh
air. I've always been the curious sort, so I asked lots of questions -
he answered them all.
Although this is a new sport that may be a
bit scary for some but, with all the water gears (including the floating
vest) and the rare-to-zero chance of capsizing -- this is a worthy
activity to try out for those who can't swim. Also, I did have a bit of a
work out since I'm not the most in shape of sort, but it wasn't that
strenuous -- if anything... it was a good combo of leisure and workout.
Besides, what's not to like about beautiful Sausalito?! So close to SF,
but the weather is so different - it was sunny and beautiful.
As long as you follow the rules and read the FAQ's on their websites... you're pretty much SET! Have fun!
Thank you Chris for such an AWESOME experience.
WE'LL DEFINITELY BE BACK WITH FRIENDS!
San Francisco, CA
terrific experience, and one I'll be recommending to my friends and
family when they're in SF! Despite it being an overcast day in
Sausalito, we had a brilliant time, saw lots of seals and the
fascinating floating community. Chris was an excellent guide, very
knowledgeable and full of interesting anecdotes, the two hours flew by
and I will be back for more in the future!
I bought a Groupon for SF Kayak and was super excited about kayaking
especially since I have lived in Sausalito for about 2 years now and
don't really know very much about my new area.
I was lucky as
there were only 2 other people on the tour. I was fortunate to ride in
the kayak with the tour guide. Nick, our tour guide, was fantastic! He
is a local so he knew a ton about the history of Sausalito, the boats,
the wildlife and the floating home community. We saw so many seals,
birds, etc, etc - IT WAS TRULY A GREAT MORNING!
If you have the
chance I would definitely recommend this tour. I hope to take
advantage of the McCovey cove tour next time when my friend comes to
town. SF Kayak offers a 30% discount to return customers which is a
nice courtesy! Thanks again. It was quite enjoyable and I've been
telling everyone about your company.
I would highly recommend going with this company if you'd like to
explore sf's waters. I went on a tour in the SF bay near AT&T park
and it was fantastic. There were only 8 kayakers total, which gave the
tour a nice, intimate feeling. After going through a brief but thorough
prep talk, we were out on the water and kayaking. Chis, the main
guide, was very knowledgeable and willing to share information as we
went. It's clear that he not only knows a lot about the area, but also
is passionate about sharing that information with all the kayakers.
Nick, the other guide, was helpful whenever I had questions as well as a
fun guy to hang out with. You might get to see some great stuff when
kayaking in the SF bay, including harbor seals, a ginormous military
ship, AT&T park, houseboats, Mission Creek, and some cool birds.
This is a great way to get to know a part of SF that few people get to
There have been quite a few negative comments from
people saying they got cancelled on because they showed up late. To be
honest, don't listen to them. The reason they were cancelled on is that
they would hold up the rest of the group if the guide had to give them
the whole speech again, which is not fair to the rest of the people that
showed up on time. Just make sure you get there at least 10-15 minutes
early, and you shouldn't have a problem. Check the traffic beforehand,
especially around AT&T park area and leave some extra time just in
Again, I highly recommend this tour company. They are a
small business that works incredibly hard to make their customers happy
and, as far as I'm concerned, they do a fantastic job.
Union City, CA
Chris you are so awesome! My
boyfriend and I just got back from Sausalito and I told him I had to
write this review before 1. A whole 3 months go by (typical of many of
my reviews.) 2. All the cool things we did leave my mind.
off I was REALLY paranoid about my adventure because I made the huge
mistake of reading the reviews about Chris and Kayak and Adventure in
preparing for our day at Sausalito. Boy was I wrong! First of all, Chris
is a true professional he saw me and my boyfriend hanging out on a
bench about 20 minutes before the tour departure and right away he
welcomed us and assured us everything was running on time.
10 minutes before our schedule departure Chris asked if we wanted to
get a head start since the entire group was there. He even made gearing
up fun, I've never been kayaking so just learning about the gear had me
pumped up. He was so clear and simple in his explanations he actually
had me believing I could be a kayak pro. (I later realized that is not a
Now, if you were to ask anyone about me and
nature they'd laugh (really hard) and say that my motto is "I don't do
nature" well let me tell you Chris got me so excited not only about
kayaking but also camping and hiking. Im about ready to go to sports
authority and buy as much camping and water gear as I can manage to get
in my truck.
In all seriousness, Chris THANK YOU!!! For making
me have one of the funnest days in recents times. Your professionalism,
care and knowledge made our adventure one to remember. Sure my skirt got
lose and I got wet....really wet (but worrying about that would have
taken away from the experience. PLUS a little salt never hurt anyone) my
boyfriend lost control of our steering...lol but we had the best time.
I will definitely be back!
Btw I felt awful for not having more cash, I didn't even think about it until we ended our tour.
San Franciso, CA
Chris put together a great work outing for our team that involved hiking
and kayaking without being rushed at all. Both parts of the trip were
customized to our skill level and everyone had a great time. I would
definitely go again. Thanks, Chris!
San Francisco, CA
We did the Sausalito tour in the afternoon, and it was wonderful! The
wind picked up a little, I'd imagine the morning session is calmer as
they mention on their site. Chris did an excellent job prepping all the
newbies before we took off, I felt he was concerned about the well being
and enjoyment of all the participants.
was an excellent guide, he seemed passionate about kayaking and
knowledgeable about the area. One critique I had was that he would get
to an area of interest first and start talking before everyone had
gathered, so if you're trailing behind, you're only catching the tail
end of everything he says, before he's off to the next spot. I
understand there's a schedule to stick to, but at the same time, that is
the point of a tour, as opposed to simply renting a kayak for a
fraction of the cost--to hear some local insights and history from an
It seems that several of the poor reviews here are
related to their intolerance for tardiness or any kind of exception to
their usual policies. I understand that you have to run a tight ship,
especially with a small business. I'd just advise people to be aware of
all these conditions before signing up. But it's a really fun tour, and
worth if it!
San Franciso, CA
We just used our Groupon coupon to take our SF Kyak Adventure. Even though it was a cloudy, drizzly day we had a blast. Our Guides
were so wonderful, and compassionate, and knowledgeable. They made us
feel so safe, even though we were taking a small boat out into open
water. Chris even gave us some relationship counseling when we stalled
in the water over a squabble on paddle technique. The gear they give
you to put on really kept us dry and it was surprisingly not cold on the
water. We had a great time and definitely plan to do the Sausalito
Adventure. And we owe our Guides a tip. We found the tip we'd set
aside for our very deserving guides in our waterproof pockets on the way
home. Sorry guys, we'll bring it next time.
San Franciso, CA
Chris and Gloria,
thank you again for a
marvelous adventure at Richardson's Bay yesterday morning. You've
opened up a whole new adventure option for us and we'll be engaging our other friends in the sport. I'll check the website in late January for the McCovey Cove tours - that is a must-do!! Happy holidays to you both.
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