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Bioluminescent Kayak Adventure in Tomales Bay



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Experience one of nature's most spectacular light shows as you paddle through the glowing waters of Tomales Bay during this Bioluminescent Kayak Adventure!

  • Learn the basics of kayaking from the Bay Area's outdoor education leader with over 21 years of experience
  • Discover the amazing secret behind the natural phenomenon of bioluminescence
  • Spot swimming fish and seals as they streak through the water
  • Watch as each dip of your paddle lights up the bay!
Tomales Bay - Marshall, CA
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    Essential Information
    • No experience necessary
    • Participants must be 13 years of age or older
    • Tour is appropriate for paddlers of all levels in good physical condition
    • All equipment is included (including kayak, paddles and PDF device)
    • Participants must be capable to paddle for 2.5 hours (sometimes in strong winds)
    • Please Note: This is an extremely popular experience with limited dates per season. We recommend booking as early in the season as possible.
    The duration of this tour is approximately 3.5 hours
    Experience Provider Info
    Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
    Maximum Participants
    The group size will vary but guide to boat ratios typically do not exceed more than 5 kayaks per guide.
    This experience is only for those on the tour.
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
    What To Wear
    It is recommended to wear synthetic, wool, or silk clothing and swimsuit, shorts, jacket & warm cap rather than cotton. It is also recommended to bring water shoes or sport sandals, a change of clothes, towel, bottle of water and a snack.

    For this experience, our partners are taking proactive steps to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. These measures include all participants and staff to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before participating. All equipment will be cleaned/disinfected in accordance to EPA guidelines. Our partners will have smaller group sizes than normal and paddling partners must be from a single family or household unit. It is encouraged that participants social distance themselves when possible. Additionally, masks must be worn on land and must be accessible for occasional use on the water when social distancing is not possible. Except in cases of an emergency, the guides may need to alter the way they assist participants in order to avoid close contact. Our partners ask that you do not congregate before or after the tour with others at the site who are outside of your single family or household unit. These Covid-19 safety measures are subject to change.

    What is bioluminescence?

    Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. In the case of Tomales Bay, it is a rarely seen light show put on by plankton beneath the water's surface. As the water is disturbed, the plankton light up and put on a spectacular show!

    What equipment is provided?
    This tour includes kayaks, paddles, spray skirts and life jackets for all participants. If necessary, the provider will also have paddling jackets and wet suits on hand.
    What should I bring?

    You may want to pack a light snack and some water as the tour is 3 hours long. It can get chilly on the water, so a jacket or cap is also recommended. 

    Can I bring a camera?

    For this experience, cameras are not permitted. Bioluminescence is incredibly difficult to capture in photographs. This experience is planned around the darkest nights of the season, even the moon can take away from the bioluminescence's vibrancy, so an accidental flash could make visibility impossible for yourself and other guests. Lastly, cameras are a big distraction and can result in paddlers focusing on picture-taking, and ending up behind the group. The guides want to prevent anyone from becoming lost or separated from the group!

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    Cancellation Policy

    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Cancellations and rescheduling are allowed up to 14 days prior to the experience but subject to a $15 per person transfer fee. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

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