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Bioluminescence Kayaking at Tomales Bay

Bioluminescence Kayaking Tour in Tomales Bay

A special bioluminescent kayak experience near Point Reyes

Have you ever dreamed of kayaking through glowing bioluminescent 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 night kayak tour you may see fish or seals leaving a glowing 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 nights to view the bioluminescence so your chances of seeing these sparkling organisms is very high. Our experienced kayak guides also know just where to find the most intense bioluminescent clusters in order to get the best light show possible. Since this phenomenon is only visible on a few special times a year and these trips book up quickly, you will want to register very early.


3.5 hours


Space is Limited due to Public Health Order


Tomales Bay


3.5 hours. The start time depends on sunset, moonrise, and tides, but typically begins approximately one hour and 15 minutes before sunset. We will contact you prior to your trip date with the exact start time.


No previous experience is required, but all participants must be at least 13 years old (with an adult), in good physical condition, and able to paddle for a few miles in potentially breezy conditions. We also have safety related restrictions that are specific to the sit-inside double kayaks that we use. These kayaks have a maximum combined capacity of about 475 lbs, preferably with no one person weighing over 250 lbs.


Per public health order, paddling partners must be from a single family or household unit. This is due to the fact that you are unable to socially distance 6' apart in a double kayak and because it is considered shared equipment. Therefore, we can only accept registrations in increments of two people per single family or household unit.

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
  • Face covering mask (Must be worn on land and be accessible for occasional use on water.)
  • Please bring a prefilled waiver and medical history form to avoid touch points onsite.
  • Consider bringing a tip for your instructor / guide for exceptional service. Tips can also be given to your instructor / guide through our office.

Note: Do not bring impairing substances. Anyone who possesses, consumes, or appears to have consumed alcohol or other impairing substances of any quantity before or during the tour will be immediately denied participation and no refunds will be given.

Outback Adventures Provides:

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

Covid-19 Precautions

  • All participants will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms before participating.
  • Paddling partners must be from a single family or household unit.
  • We will have smaller than normal group sizes
  • We encourage participants to social distance themselves while maintaining a part of the group.
  • Masks must be worn on land and be accessible for occasional use on water when social distancing is not possible.
  • All equipment will be cleaned/disinfected in accordance to EPA guidance.
  • Accessory equipment may not be shared with others in the group.
  • If you have your own kayaking equipment mentioned in the above list (except a kayak), we encourage you to bring it. This equipment must be approved by our guides.
  • Except in cases of emergency, our guides may need to alter the way they assist participants to avoid close contact.
  • Please no congregating before or after the tour with others at the site who are outside of your single family or household unit.

Directions to Point Reyes and Tomales Bay

Directions from San Francisco

There are a multitude of ways to get to this kayak trip destination and without heavy traffic they roughly take the same amount of time. Here is a common route you may consider if coming from the south: Take 101 North to Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Head West until you reach Highway 1 then go North until you reach Miller Boat Launch also known as Nick's Cove. Nick's Cove is 13 miles North of Point Reyes Station on Tomales Bay. Turn left into Nick's Cove and meet your guides near the boat ramp. 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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