Bioluminescent Kayak Adventure

San Juan Island, WA

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Paddle through the glowing waters of the Salish Sea on this 3-hour Bioluminescent Adventure in Griffin Bay off San Juan Island! 

  • Enjoy this incredible experience with a top-rated experience provider on TripAdvisor 
  • A great adventure for paddlers of all levels to witness nature's incredible light show
  • Participants need to find lodging on San Juan Island; this tour ends at 11:00 PM and there will not be a ferry back to Anacortes at that time
  • This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that's not to be missed! 


Friday Harbor - San Juan Island, WA
When Do I Choose A Date?
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May through September:
Select Dates - 8:30 PM
*The trips are scheduled during the New Moons for the best conditions to see the bioluminesence


Essential Information
  • No experience necessary
  • Tour is appropriate for paddlers of all levels in good physical condition
  • This experience is recommended for participants ages 12 years and older 
  • Experience includes kayaking instructions and guiding, transportation to and from the launch site, kayaking gear and a dry bag
  • It is recommended to bring a bottle of water with you on the day of the experience
  • Participants need to find lodging for the night on San Juan Island, the last ferry from the Friday Harbor to Anacortes is at 10:05 PM and the tour ends at 11:00 PM
The duration of this tour is approximately 3 hours.
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
Group sizes vary. To ensure customer attention on the water and a more personal experience, the guide to participant ratio is 1-to-8.
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 quick dry clothing, extra layers, and sandals that can get wet. Please also bring a change of clothes, towel, bottle of water and a snack.
Can we take the ferry back to Anacortes after the tour?

No, you won't be able to take the ferry back after the tour. The Bioluminescent Kayak Adventure ends at 11:00 PM and the last ferry back to Anacortes is at 10:05 PM. Please make sure you find lodging for the night.

What is bioluminescence?

Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. 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 will be provided?

This experience includes kayaking instructions and guiding, transportation to and from the launch site, and kayaking gear (spray skirts, PFDs, dry bags, paddle, etc).

What should I bring?

It is recommended to bring a bottle of water, a snack, footwear that can get wet, warm layers (preferably long sleeved) and a change of clothes. Please pack light, all your belongings need to fit in the provided dry bags. 

Are there any weight and height restrictions?

There are no exact weight and height restrictions for this experience, however participants need to comfortably fit in the kayak. 

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Cancellation Policy

Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Cancellations made at least 4 days prior to the experience date will incur a cancellation fee of $30.00, with the remaining balance to be applied to another Virgin Experience Gifts experience of the participant's choice. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and reschedule at least 4 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 5
based on 8 reviews.
Led by two very capable guides, this trip was just fantastic. we were picked up and then carefully coached in kayaking in the dark and cold--given all our equipment. Carrying our kayaks down to the launch was just part of the fun of the evening. the bioluminescence was awesome--perfect conditions--a sea of glass following a warm day. Magical and special
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Deborah, What an awesome experience! I am delighted to hear the guides were good coaches and fantastic to be with! Sounds like a memorable trek to the launch area. What a unique and extraordinary adventure. I hope I get a chance to see it myself. Thanks for the great review! Cheers, Ryan
Awesome way to spend the night, truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Connor, We love hearing you had a great time out on our Bioluminescent Kayak Adventure! We strive to provide many unique, one-of-a-kind experiences and are thrilled you had a fantastic night out on this one!  Cheers, Garrett
We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Justin was very thorough and made sure that everyone had the proper gear and was ready to go. He checked and launched every kayak individually. We were treated to a wonderful bioluminescent show along with an impressive sky with shooting stars. The one downside was we started late, around 8:30 which wasn’t necessary since it took close to an hour before we were all out on the water. The last half hour I started to get cold and tired and was ready for it be over but we still had to get the kayaks back up and loaded onto the truck before we could take off. It made for a late night.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi Gina,  Wow! Getting the chance to see the bioluminescencewhile kayaking is such a one of a kind experience and it really helps when the instructors are friendly and knowledgeable. We totally understand that this experience does dip into the later hours of the night, and hope that this didn't damper the experience too much for you. Our guides truly do their best to make sure the timing is both good enough for the bioluminescence to be fully visible, but early enough that it doesn't take the entire night! These events are planned on the darkest evenings of the summer as the bioluminescence is much more visible in full darkness. Even the moonlight can spoil the potential of seeing the ocean sparkle. Thank you for taking a moment to share with us your experience! Kind Regards, Chandi
We went on a perfect night for the bioluminescent kayaking and it was very cool! So glad we did it.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Brandy, Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful experience with us!  I am so excited to hear you had an incredible time kayaking. Getting to see the beautiful bioluminescence is an experience like no other! Let us know when you are ready for round 2! Cheers, Chandi
Totally rad! Yup, rad!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi there Sarah, Wow! You are pretty rad yourself. Thanks so much for taking the time to write in to us. I am totally happy to hear the Bioluminescent Kayak Adventure from San Juan did not disappoint. Cheers, Chandi 
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