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Bay Area Kayak Trips and Tours

Appropriate for beginners and seasoned kayakers, these bay area kayak trips and adventures will take you to the most interesting paddling areas throughout the Bay Area and the Northern California coast.

Corte Madera Salt Marsh Ecological Reserve


Come explore the wetlands along Corte Madera Marsh while taking in the views of Mount Tampalpais and the San Francisco Bay. We will paddle out in stable double sea kayaks while keeping our eyes open for the curious harbor seals that gather nearby. If conditions permit, we may take an optional side trip past the infamous San Quentin Prison, then stop for lunch on a nice sandy beach with incredble views.

Kayak and Explore Angel Island


Are you ready for an open water kayaking experience in the San Francisco Bay? Well, pack your lunch and bring your adventurous spirit becasuse we will be paddling across one of the more active sailing channels in the San Francisco Bay. Get ready to see the majestic bay, the city of San Francisco, and the surrounding areas from a whole new perspective. Once on Angel Island, we will have lunch and take some time to relax and explore the island.

Kayaking Bair Island and Corkscrew Slough

(Redwood City)

Take an exciting tour of Bair Island Ecological Reserve and Corkscrew Slough and experience the serenity of being surrounded by a maze of waterways. On this kayaking tour, you will spend time exploring the many winding channels of the slough while observing many wetland bird species. This adventure is for those looking for a longer exploratory tour in a true slough environment.

Kayak Tomales Bay

(Point Reyes)

Experience one the premier paddling destinations in California on this guided kayak tour. Wildlife abounds in this spectacular setting. Colorful sea stars slide beneath your kayak as majestic Thule Elk roam the hillsides. One of the largest protected bay and coastal areas in California, this kayaker's paradise is a short distance from San Francisco and the Bay Area. Launching from Nick's Cove, we will paddle in stable double sea kayaks, past Hog Island, to the White Cliffs of Tomales Bay, a unique geological formation similar to the White Cliffs of Dover. We will then stop for lunch on a pristine beach, accessible only by small watercraft.

Full Moon Kayak Tour


Navigatating your kayak by moonlight is mystical experienceyou won't soon forget. This unique kayak tour allows for a grand view of the moon rising into the night's sky. The atmosphere is peaceful and calming, yet spectacular. We will paddle leasurly while admiring the moon's silvery light reflecting off the water's surface. Bring your friends and family to this warm welcoming event.

Sunset Kayaking Tour


What a great way to end your day or ignite your evening! We'll paddle out from our private beach and towards the shoreline of the Corte Madera Ecological Reserve. During sunset hours, the water and wind are typically calmest and create optimal conditions for a relaxing paddle. The Sun's warm colors reflect off the marsh grasses and the water's surface creating a tranquil environment with a unique perspective. Along the way we'll observe shorebirds coming in to roost and hopefully a few Harbor Seals swimming about and feeding. We will head back just before the last vibrant beams of light hide behind Mount Tamalpais.

Marin Islands

(San Rafael)

Join Outback Adventures friendly and experienced guides for this exciting trip out to East and West Marin Islands. Located about an hour's paddle from our Larkspur headquarters, this federally protected marine sanctuary is home to a plethora of resident and migratory bird species, including the largest egret and heron rookery in the San Francisco Bay area. Because of its protected status,we won't land on these beautiful islands, but we will snack at a sandy beach near the infamous San Quentin state prison before returning to port.

Red Rock Island

(Point Richmond)

Join Outback Adventures for a bay paddleto historic Red Rock Island. Surrounded by some of the deepestwater in the North Bay, 60 feet, this Island has the distinction of being the only privately owned island in the San Francisco Bay. Acutally located in three different counties, this 5 ½ acre landmark of the San Francisco Bay has quite a history. Did pirates bury treasure here? How are three different U.S presidents connected to its history? Find out as we paddle out and around the island from Point Richmond.

Bioluminescence Kayak Tour

(Tomales Bay)

Have you ever dreamed of paddling through glowing waters under a moonless, star-lit sky? Imagine every dip of your paddle creating a brilliant light show put on by living organisms beneath the water’s surface. Let us make these dreams a reality by joining us for a Bioluminescence Kayak Tour in Tomales Bay! This is something that most people only see in movies and never have the opportunity to observe in real life. On this tour you may see fish or seals leaving a trail of light everywhere they swim, or create one of your own in our stable double sea kayaks. The best times to observe the bioluminescence are certain moonless nights during the spring, summer, and fall. Since this phenomenon only occurs a few special times a year and these trips fill up, you will want to register as soon as you can.

Upcoming Kayak Trips and Tours

Sunday 10/23
Sunset Kayak Tour

Sunday 10/23
Marin Islands Kayak Tour

Saturday 11/5
Tomales Bay Kayak Tour

Sunday 11/20
Corte Madera Marsh Tour

For more dates, see each kayak trip page or view our calendar

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