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For over 42 years we’ve been sharing the beauty and history of Big Sur with people from all over the world. Our Big Sur tours lend themselves to offer a taste of everything Big Sur while exploring old growth redwoods, mountain streams, ocean coves and coastal trails. We take pride in putting together just the right experience for each of our guests. All of our experiences are available for private or corporate groups at special pricing. Please contact us to learn more and let us customize the perfect experience for your group.


For individuals or groups wanting to hike privately, pricing begins at $125 per person. To explore your options please review them below and book online  or call (831) 594-1742. Discounts are available for groups larger than 10.


There are whales in the Pacific Ocean every day. We are overjoyed at the sights and sounds of the Humpback, Orca, and Blue Whale all year long. However, as a special treat between the months of January and May, we have the opportunity to observe firsthand the annual migration in both directions of the California Gray Whale, to give birth in the warmer waters of Mexico.

Last year, a little more than 23,000 California Gray Whales made their journey from Alaska to Mexico and back. Big Sur Guides & Hiking is delighted to offer whale watching hiking excursions during this period, where we will focus on this amazing whale and its journey. We will lead you to specific viewing areas in hopes of visually capturing these whales on this wondrous voyage!

Daily Offerings:

Early Morning Group Whale Watching Excursion: 9:00 am to 10:30 am 1.5 hrs – $50 pp

Group Whale Watching Excursion: 11:30 am to 2:00 pm 2.5 hours – $75 pp

Private Whale Watching Excursion: 2.5 hours – $125 pp

Morning Secluded Ocean Trail Walk meeting at Hyatt Highlands Inn at 10:00am

Start the day right with a 1 to 1-1/2 hour breathtaking secluded walk on a beautiful unmarked oceanside trail with endless views of the rugged Big Sur Coastline. Located just 10 minutes from Carmel-by-the-Sea! Must make a reservation. Cost $30 per person, minimum two persons.

Private 2-1/2 to 3 Hour Hiking Excursion

Let us show you the beauty with a breathtaking private hiking experience on the Monterey Peninsula or in the wilderness of Big Sur! Cost $125 per person with a picnic lunch option offered at $20 each.

Private Half Day Hiking Excursion

Let us show you the beauty with a breathtaking private hiking experience on the Monterey Peninsula or in the wilderness of Big Sur! Cost $175 per person with a picnic lunch option offered at $20 each.

Spiritual Hiking Excursion

This 4+ hour excursion provides a special focus on the intense spirituality one can experience in Big Sur. Your senses will awaken among the cathedral-like old growth redwoods, cascading waterfalls, wildlife, flora and fauna. You will learn about forest bathing and the powerful connections that nature can provide. Your spirit will soar as you take in the breathtaking beauty of the untamed Pacific Ocean, rugged coastline and rock formations. The experience culminates with a tour of the New Camaldoli Hermitage property, which features unsurpassed ocean views and a serene chapel where you can pause and pray, reflect or simply admire the peaceful setting. Cost is $200 per person with a picnic lunch option offered at $20 each.

Wild Mushroom Foraging Hike

This seasonal hiking excursion in the wet months of autumn/winter takes us to the forest in search of some of the most sought after wild foods – mushrooms! You’ll learn how to look for wild mushrooms with a specialist guide who will teach you how to identify edible and nonedible varieties, along with medicinal plants such as Redwood Sorrel, California Sagebrush and Bay Laurel. Cost is $175 per person with a picnic lunch option offered at $20 each.

Private Group Hiking for Corporate or Family Excursions

Let us show you the beauty with a customized breathtaking private hiking experience on the Monterey Peninsula or in the wilderness of Big Sur! Call us and we will help you design the perfect experience for your group. (831) 594-1742.

Treasure Hunt and Hike

Families seeking the perfect mix of adventure and exercise can strap on those boots and binoculars for a family outing certain to excite the whole family. Kids go free on this hike! It combines an easy excursion through the redwood forest and along the spectacular Pacific shoreline in search of lost treasures (strategically placed, of course) with prizes for the top hunters.

Bluff Trail

This particular walk glides above the ocean about 80 feet from the sea, on a bluff where we will walk south observing a myriad of both plant and animal life. The smell of the sea coupled with that of California Sage, and a hint of Fennel, are overpowering on this walk. We will then find a path to the seashore… A good part of this walk is spent discovering the various coves that are secretly tucked away throughout this beach walk.

The Jack Kerouac Experience

This is a driving tour that traverses the Old Coast Road..the original coastal highway…that stretches from Andrew Molera State Park to Bixby Bridge…One would take their own car and caravan following me along a well graded dirt road that offers vistas of the Ventana Wilderness that only Red Tailed Hawks and Golden Eagles have seen…we will picnic along the Little Sur River…we will say hello along the way to old growth Coastal Redwoods…who knows what kind of critters we might find along the way…the vision of the Bixby Bridge with the Pacific in the background makes this experience truly unforgettable…this tour is a photographers dream come true…This tour is designed for someone who might not be attracted to hiking…yet still wants to see the true beauty of the area. We will be happy to show it to you. Reservations required for this tour at 831-594-1742

The Big Sur Galleries Tour

In this tour we will spend 2 to 3 hours comparing the 5 Big Sur Galleries…this offers a rare opportunity not only to see the art of Big Sur…but to meet some of the artists as well…We will discover the treasures waiting for us at the Hawthorne Gallery, the Coast Gallery, The Big Sur Arts Initiative Gallery, The Phoenix Shop at Nepenthe and The Heartbeat Gallery. This particular experience offers a few surprises including a picnic lunch at a special spot on the Big Sur River. Reservations required for this tour at 831-594-1742

Let us show it to you

If you are staying on the Monterey Peninsula and do not want to drive down to Big Sur, let us introduce you to the spectacular vistas at Point Lobos. This 21/2 hour trek takes you on the same journey that Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor shared in the SandPiper. It allows you the opportunity to experience the feelings that Robinson Jeffers so often refers to in his writings… it is spectacular beyond belief.

Helicopter Tours

Big Sur Guides and Hiking is proud to announce that we are now able to offer HELICOPTER TOURS OF BIG SUR AND THE MONTEREY PENINSULA

BIG SUR TOUR….For those of us who have cherished this place called Big Sur. This tour is for you. It offers a perspective that satisfies all of our senses. Visually this experience will leave you speechless. In my 40 years of offering hiking tours of Big Sur I have to say I have never experienced the “Awe of Big Sur” so profoundly while riding in a helicopter. Whales spouting below you…looking down at Pico Blanco…incredible views of the Ventana Wilderness…This is a gentle experience, not to be feared…similar to riding on a magic carpet. One Hour experience…44 min, $400 per person. All Helicopter Tours are provided by Specialized Helicopters out of Watsonville. See for some more information and available tours

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