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Sea Foraging San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo, United States

Experience hosted by Spencer

90 mins
Includes food
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

CURRENTLY WE ARE IN LONELY PLANET TOP 6 FORAGING DESTINATIONS IN THE US! All along the pristine coast of Central California, many species of delicious edible seaweeds exist. Kelp is some of the most tasty and nutritious of wild superfoods! I will meet participants and take them to seldom visited local spots and teach them basic phycology (marine algae science) and sustainable harvesting techniques. Not only will participants partake in a unique experience surrounded by breathtaking scenery, but they will leave with the knowledge of how to sustainably harvest nutritious seaweed for themselves for years to come. We make an amazing seaweed Ramen in the traditional Japanese form at the end.
Other things to note
I WILL SEND YOU EXACT LOCATION AFTER BOOKING > We will be harvesting edible seaweed. Unlike land foraging, there are no toxic seaweeds to worry about. We will show you how to tide pool with minimal impact upon the marine environment.
CURRENTLY WE ARE IN LONELY PLANET TOP 6 FORAGING DESTINATIONS IN THE US! All along the pristine coast of Central California, many species of delicious edible seaweeds exist. Kelp is some of the most tasty and nutritious of wild superfoods! I will meet participants and take them to seldom visited local spots and teach them basic phycology (marine algae science) and sustainable harvesting techniques. Not only will participants partake in a unique e…

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What's included

  • Food
    Lunch: Bowls of ramen noodles made spectacular with fresh seaweed harvested...
From £91
/ person
Sat, 24 Apr
£80 per person
14:30 - 16:00
Join 5 other guests
£80 per person
Sat, 15 May
£91 per person
£91 per person

Meet your host, Spencer

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 51 Reviews
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Harvesting and eating seaweed is my passion that I will share with you as the guide of these amazing family friendly intertidal adventures. I especially love passing down harvesting knowledge to my own children and the next generation of foragers. I started off as an edible kelp harvester and also sell my fresh and dried product at farmer's markets. I also make a killer seaweed forager's ramen. I've been the foreman of aquaculture facilities such as the Morro Bay Oyster Company and a licensed commercial salmon fisherman and like to think I've become more sustainable as I age. My family heritage is Irish/British and harvesting fresh seaweed is in my heritage. Come enjoy the intertidal with me and my family!
Harvesting and eating seaweed is my passion that I will share with you as the guide of these amazing family friendly intertidal adventures. I especially love passing down harvesting knowledge to my own children and the next generation of foragers. I started off as an edible kelp harvester and also sell my fresh and dried product at farmer's markets. I also make a killer seaweed forager's ramen. I've been the foreman of aquaculture facilities such as the Morro Bay Oyster Company and a licensed co…
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Where you'll be

We will meet at Estero Bluffs State Park a few miles north of Cayucos, CA. From there we will travel to one of several large tidepool areas between Estero Bluffs and Ragged Point, near southern Big Sur. No matter what tide is present there will always be edible seaweed available for participants to enjoy. We also are usually lucky enough to see many marine mammals and creatures that inhabit the intertidal ecosystem
Lexie
April 2021
The experience with Spencer was so much fun! He’s extremely knowledgeable about seaweed, foraging, and the oceanic ecosystem. Spencer was very friendly and our whole group had a great time. The ramen we had on the beach was a total bonus - so tasty. I can’t wait to try out some of the seaweed we foraged in some upcoming recipes. Highly recommend this experience!
The experience with Spencer was so much fun! He’s extremely knowledgeable about seaweed, foraging, and the oceanic ecosystem. Spencer was very friendly and our whole group had a gr…
Jessie
April 2021
My kids and I loved this. Foraging for seaweed and making ramen on the beach is a perfect and very memorable way to spend a morning. Spencer is a warm, kind and knowledgeable host. Good vibes all the way!
Michele
April 2021
You will not be disappointed when you go out seaweed foraging with Spencer! This experience exceeded all of our expectations -- we learned a ton about the local area, how to identify edible seaweed, and how to prepare it at home. Definitely get a one-day fishing license so you can use all of Spencer's tips at home with your foraged seaweed. Thank you, Spencer, for an amazing time!
You will not be disappointed when you go out seaweed foraging with Spencer! This experience exceeded all of our expectations -- we learned a ton about the local area, how to identi…
Amanda
April 2021
The seaweed foraging experience was a really fun and informative way to be outside and learn about the various seaweed that can be found on the Central Coast. I learned more about the history of the area and how people have previously harvested seaweed. There are recipes suggested to take advantage of the variety foraged, so I am super excited to try to make something of my seaweed bounty!
The seaweed foraging experience was a really fun and informative way to be outside and learn about the various seaweed that can be found on the Central Coast. I learned more abo…
Sebastien
March 2021
Spencer is obviously very knowledgeable and approachable about seaweed collection, and provides a great experience for the entire event. I would definitely recommend doing this event.
Eugenia
March 2021
This was a wonderful experience! Spencer was a great communicator before during and after the experience . I took my sons and a friend and we all loved it. We got fishing licenses as Spencer recommended and took home seaweed to eat later. The taste experience was wonderful as well. Tasting the different raw seaweed flavors, the ramen was yummy( and fun that it was made of seaweed that we collected!) and even cooking suggestions for later Spencer was a wealth of information about seaweeds and foraging. He was fun to spend an afternoon with. We learned enough to forage again! Don’t miss this once in a lifetime experience!
This was a wonderful experience! Spencer was a great communicator before during and after the experience . I took my sons and a friend and we all loved it. We got fishing license…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 6 and up can attend.

What to bring

Sturdy shoes for tidepooling

California Fishing License (if you want to harvest yourself) (not essential to experience)