Bioluminescent Kayak Adventure in Tomales Bay

MARSHALL, CA

 

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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!

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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!
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Tomales Bay - Marshall, CA
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    Very few people get the opportunity to witness bioluminescence in their lifetime. Don't miss out on this rare opportunity to witness it up close during this Bioluminescent Kayak Adventure in Tomales Bay!

    One of the largest protected bay and coastal areas in California, Tomales Bay is a kayaker's paradise and only a short distance from San Francisco and the Bay Area. It is also one of the few places in the world where you can witness the natural phenomenon of bioluminescence! This light show, put on by living organisms in the water, is rare and best observed on calm, moonless evenings.

    Launching from Nick's Cove, you will paddle in stable, double sea kayaks past Hog Island, to Tomales Bay. As you go, each dip of your paddle will light up the surrounding waters in a magical show. You'll even have the opportunity to spot fish and seals through the water, identified by the streak of light they make as they swim. You'll be in awe of your surroundings.

    A great adventure for paddler's of all levels, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness one of nature's greatest shows!

    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 life jacket)
    • 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.
    Duration
    The duration of this tour is approximately 3.5 hours
    Experience Provider Info
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    Maximum Participants
    The group size will vary but guide to boat ratios typically do not exceed more than 5 kayaks per guide.
    Spectators
    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.
    Booking Information
    Please note, this is an extremely popular experience with limited dates. For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 60 days in advance.
    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.

    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. 
    This experience has a customer rating of 4.5
    based on 12 reviews.
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    Guides were awesome. Super organized. Safety conscious.
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Tracy,  We are so happy to hear you had a great time! Safety is so important, and it is wonderful to know that our customers were in good hands!  Best,  Sophia
    From the moment we got to the launch area things were easily laid out. The tour guides were very clear with instructions and provided us with wet suits (which was helpful since we were unprepared for how cold it actually was). After about an hour of going over everything and getting everyone into their kayaks we got underway. The first half was more difficult than anticipated but once the sun went down it wasn't as choppy and it warmed up a bit after the fog rolled out.The bio experience itself was incredible and so much better than I expected. I was concerned because I hadn't seen any pictures online but I now understand why. Unless you have an amazing camera with the ability to capture long exposure that you are willing to take out onto the water don't even bother, because you will not be able to get a picture with your phone. There is something to be said for just enjoying the moment without the technology as well. The bioluminescence was incredible and well worth the paddle out to the cove. Guides were quite knowledgeable and friendly (even brought cookies).
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Sounds like an incredible evening that I'm sure you will remember for a long time, despite pictures not being able to fully capture it.  Thanks for the great review!  Best, ​Brooke
    Amazing experience!!! Guides were wonderful and informative. Definitely would do this again!!
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Great to hear from you! Love that you had a fun, informative time out on the water. Let us know if we can get you back out there again. Best, ​Brooke
    What a wonderful tour. The guides were super friendly, knowledgable and ready to help anybody who was new to kayaking. Everybody showed up on time being well prepared and ready to go into the water with great equipment and new wetsuits. While another company cancelled their tour due to strong winds, our guides patiently waited until sunset for the wind to calm down -- which it eventually did allowing us to start the tour. The water ended up be very calm and the bioluminescence was just spectacular. Never thought it would be so bright and breathtaking. All round a fantastic experience. Highly recommend it!
    It was a really cool experience, the bio luminescence was like glitter in the water. I would have liked to stayed out in the water with the bio luminescence a little longer but overall it was a good experience.
    Kayaking on the bay was great. The stars and moon were bright, so we didn't see much luminous but everything else made up for it. The guides were very experienced and good.
    Our guides (Oz and Jay/Jessie and Connor) were fantastic. They kept the group together, kept checking in on everyone in the dark, went over instructions, safety, gear, etc, and gave us tips on where to go and what to do to get the best experience with the bio. It was magical, fantastic, and highly recommended!
    This was our first Cloud 9 Living experience, and it was amazing! Our guides were awesome! They were super-friendly and fun, paid close attention to safety, were extremely knowledgeable, and did I say fun? Yes! We would recommend this "sparkling" tour!
    We were so pleased to have done this. It was a fun and interesting way to learn of this phenomenon; the night could not have been more perfect. The weather was cooperative and we had a beautiful view of the night sky, and the bioluminescent organisms were very responsive because the day had been very sunny. We appreciated being properly fitted for our gear and able to return it easily after the kayak trip.
    Received this experience as a gift. Have never kayaked before. It was wonderful. I felt safe, and the guides were friendly, fun and knowledgeable. The water in Tomales Bay was calm and warm, so I felt comfortable the whole time I was in the water. The bioluminescence was awesome -- so glad I experienced this. I cannot recommend this experience highly enough. Thank you.
    Loved the experience and would recommend to everyone. Was hard to find our group at first, but once going the guides were excellent, helpful, and very knowledgeable. Oz and David made the experience enjoyable and carefree.
    Very cool to see the bioluminescence. Finding parking was a bit difficult. Instructors were laid back and cool.

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