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Bioluminescence Kayaking at Tomales Bay

Bioluminescence Kayaking in Tomales Bay

A special kayak tour at night near Point Reyes

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 on Tomales Bay! On this tour you may see fish or seals leaving a trail of light everywhere they swim, or create your own light show in our stable double sea kayaks. This rare spectacle will be an adventure to remember.

The best times to observe the bioluminescence are on certain moonless nights during the spring, summer, and fall. Our trip planners only choose the most optimal days to view the bioluminescence so your chances of seeing these sparkling organisms is very high. Since this phenomenon is only visible on a few special times a year and these bioluminesence trips book up quickly, you will want to register early.




Tomales Bay


3 hours. Start time depends on sunset and moonrise. Please contact us for start time.


No previous experience required

What to Bring:

  • Wear synthetic clothing rather than cotton (swimsuit, shirt, shorts, lightweight pants, jacket, & warm cap)
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Retainer straps for glasses
  • Booties, water shoes, or sport sandals
  • Consider bringing a tip for your instructor / guide for exceptional service

Outback Adventures Provides:

  • Kayaks
  • Paddles
  • PFDs (lifejackets)
  • Spray skirts
  • Paddling Jackets (if necessary)
  • Wetsuits (if necessary)
  • Safety equipment
  • Experienced, friendly instructors / guides

Directions to Point Reyes and Tomales Bay

Directions from San Francisco

Take 101 North to Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Head West until you reach Highway 1 then go North. Nick's Cove is 13 miles North of Point Reyes Station. Turn left into Nick's Cove and meet near the beach at the Northern end of the parking lot. There is a $5 parking fee. The lower parking lot is reserved for trailer parking so please park in the upper lot. There is no drinking water available at the launch site, so please be sure to bring water. Restrooms are available.



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Date: Friday, Oct 26, 2018
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In the interest of our clients who are expecting to attend the scheduled trip or class, we have adopted a cancellation policy that limits short notice cancellations. A short notice cancellation can cause your entire trip or class to be cancelled due to its effects on minimum group size requirements. It can also negatively affect our potential clients who were told that they could not join the trip or class due to maximum guide to client ratios. Lastly, a short notice cancellation can affect the dedicated guides and instructors who have committed to being available for your trip or class. For these reasons, among others, we have the following cancellation policy:

Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancellations can be made no less than one week prior to the scheduled trip or class date for single day courses and no less than three weeks for multi-day courses. No refund will be issued after the cancellation period has expired.

Additional Details: Outback Adventures may need to cancel a trip or class due to either minimum group size requirements, weather, or safety concerns. If Outback Adventures cancels for minimum group size requirements you have the option of rescheduling or receiving a full refund. If Outback Adventures cancels a trip or class due to weather or safety concerns, your course will be rescheduled for a future convenient date. All published prices are based on minimum group size requirements.

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