The 10 Best Boat Tours & Water Sports in Half Moon Bay, California (CA)

August 23, 2021 Alida England

A mere 45-minute drive from San Francisco lies Half Moon Bay, an idyllic enclave and truly the perfect place to spend some time away from the big city. Horseback ride along a scenic beach, play golf on a spectacular course overlooking the ocean or browse through the numerous shops and art galleries in the historic section. If you decide to stay, as many do, treat yourself to a delicious dinner at any of the town's fine restaurants. Then check into an enchanting bed and breakfast, a charming inn or boutique hotel. Your Half Moon Bay experience will not be soon forgotten.
Restaurants in Half Moon Bay

1. Half Moon Bay Kayak Company

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5.0 based on 29 reviews

Half Moon Bay Kayak Company

Paddle among seals, birds, and other marine life in protected Pillar Point Harbor or the wild waters of the open Pacific. Learn to surf in kayaks or travel in them throughout the world, stand up paddle board the tranquil waters of the harbor or bike the famous HMB Coastal Trail. Whatever your experience, we can accommodate you… Our fleet is made up of single and double kayaks, a wide variety of stand up paddle boards and many different bikes to suit your needs. We also offer classes, tours, corporate trips and private events. Take a look around the website, call with questions or just book your adventure right here online. Come play in Half Moon Bay!

2. Sea, Surf & Fun

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5.0 based on 31 reviews

Sea, Surf & Fun

We created the first French surf school in California. We are trying to get the French community of the bay area and tourists to surf, but at the same time we love to have American students too. We will teach you in French or in English depending on your preferences :)

3. Mavericks PaddleSports

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Mavericks PaddleSports

Mavericks PaddleSports is the premier Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) destination for Half Moon Bay. Located at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club, we are on the calm and protected waters of Pillar Point Harbor, at the gateway to the Pacific and the famed Mavericks break. We feature many amenities including hot showers, lockers, picnic tables, a beautiful beach with hiking trails, and a friendly and knowledgeable staff. We also have classes and instruction for beginners through advanced surfers, SUP yoga and fitness, and even a Sup With Your Pup class -- all available by appointment. It's an ideal location for a group or family getaway, a romantic paddle, a great workout or an epic surf session. Looking for something amazing for a special occasion? We can customize a memorable experience for you, whether it's a guided tour, a treasure hunt, a wedding party paddle, or a couple's paddle and picnic! We feature a wide range of SUP rentals: boards to cruise the harbor, race boards, open ocean and downwind boards, high performance surf SUPs and even the Giant SUP that holds up to 8 people. We have the largest selection of Stand-Up Paddleboards and accessories for sale including custom boards, SUP packages, paddles, traction, and specialty clothing and separates for men and women. We're just down the road from our main shop, Mavericks Surf Company, the home of big wave surf legend Jeff Clark and Half Moon Bay's big wave surf scene.

4. Tommy Tsunami Surf School

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5.0 based on 31 reviews

Tommy Tsunami Surf School

Welcome to Tommy Tsunami Surf School, the best-rated surf school on the West Coast. We accept students of all ages and skill levels and guarantee a quality, safe, and fun learning experience. This surf school was created because of our passion for surfing and developed because of our desire to share it with the world. We believe that surfing is not just a sport, but is actually therapy for life.

5. Oceanic Society - Half Moon Bay Gray Whale Watching

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Oceanic Society - Half Moon Bay Gray Whale Watching

Three-hour educational whale watching cruises from Half Moon Bay to observe the annual migration of thousands of gray whales from their Arctic feeding grounds to breeding and calving areas in Mexico. Trips run on Saturdays and Sundays from January through mid-April.Oceanic Society is a non-profit marine conservation organization that was founded in 1969. We have been leading educational nature tours in California and worldwide for more than 40 years. Your participation supports our efforts to assure a healthy future for the world's oceans.

6. Riptide Charters

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Riptide Charters

Fishing for Salmon, Rock fish, Ling Cod & Tuna Along the San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin coast. Your Small Charter Specialist. Both individuals and groups are welcome aboard. As well as beginners, women and old salts. Our crew wants to help you to have a great ocean experience.

7. Mavericks Surf Shop

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Mavericks Surf Shop

Mavericks Surf Shop is the destination in Half Moon Bay for surfers and fans of big wave surfing. The shop features a rich history of Mavericks, the famed big wave spot and home to the annual surf competition. Founded by Mavericks Pioneer and surf legend Jeff Clark, the shop has the largest selection of big wave surfboards, as well as original Mavericks clothing and gifts for men, women and kids.

8. Pillar Point Surf School

Pillar Point Surf School

Pillar Point Surf School is located in Half Moon Bay offering surfing lessons for people of all ages and ocean experience!

9. Half Moon Bay Sportfishing and Tackle

Half Moon Bay Sportfishing, the only fishing tackle store at the harbor, has the supplies you need for a fantastic day on the water aboard our charterboats as well as all the basic gear, bait and tackle you need for a great trip on your own boat or from the shore. We specialize in trips and gear for salmon, rockfish, lingcod and albacore fishing, crabbing, and also offer whale watching trips.

10. Open Ocean Surfing

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Open Ocean Surfing

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