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Tomales Bay Kayaking

Kayaking Tomales Bay at Point Reyes National Seashore

One of the best Bay Area kayaking locations

Experience one the premier paddling destinations in California on this guided kayak tour of Tomales Bay and Point Reyes. Wildlife abounds in this spectacular setting. Colorful sea stars slide beneath your kayak as majestic Tule 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.



Read about our Tomales Bay Kayak Tour in Bay Crossings.
Kayak Tomales Bay


Tomales Bay


5 hours. Typically 10am-3pm, but may vary due to tides. Please contact us for exact times.


No previous experience required

What to Bring:

  • Wear synthetic clothing rather than cotton (swimsuit, shirt, shorts, lightweight pants, jacket)
  • Water
  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat and a warm cap
  • 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

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

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. There is no drinking water available at the launch site, so please be sure to fill up beforehand. Outhouses are available.



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Tomales Bay Kayak Tour

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