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

May through August:
Select Dates - 8:00 PM
*The trips are scheduled during the New Moons for the best conditions to see the bioluminesence

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    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.

    For this experience, our partners are taking proactive steps to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. These measures include maintaining the small group nature of their tours with a maximum number of 8 people (or up to the maximum allowed by government policies). Guests will have access to hand sanitizer at all times but our partners kindly request that guests bring their own if possible. In addition to regular cleaning practices already in place, our partners will be disinfecting all hard surfaces routinely in offices and before and after tours for all vessels and kayak and camping gear. Personal flotation devices will be disinfected after each use and hung to dry. Guests will be asked to abide by the most current regulations set forth by the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, Department of Health, and Washington State regarding mask use. For your own comfort we ask that guests  provide their own mask (one which is CDC approved) for all tours.

    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. 

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days.  All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Cloud 9 Living.

    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 Cloud 9 Living 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.

    Customer Reviews
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    “Wonderful guides and a truly magical experience. So happy we decided to do the bioluminescent kayak trip.”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi there Kathryn, We are so happy you decided on the Bioluminscent Kayak Trip, too! It is certainly a breathtaking experience! We will be sure to pass along the kind words to the guides. Looking forward to getting you out on another extraordinary experience! Best, Sophia
    “The actual event was incredible. The guide let us know he was on his third tour of the day so "sort of out of it" and that he'd never led the bioluminescent before. While prepping to leave, another group was there from another outfitter and appeared much more prepared. We had no form of lighting as a safety precaution on our vest or kayak. Safety and reviewing of instructions was limited, leading to one couple having a difficult time. Being out in the bioluminescent waters was absolutely incredible and well worth it though. I feel like tour would have been greatly enhanced by a different tour guide or maybe entirely different outfitter.”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Thanks for the response. I assure you Outdoor Odyssey's number one priority is to provide the most enjoyable, safe paddling experience for everyone. As it may have been the first time your guide led the evening bioluminescent tour, it was definitely not his first time leading a trip, as Outdoor Odysseys ensures all of their guides have the proper training and experience before leading. I'm sorry to hear you were left with the impression that the tour lacked in preparation and safety, but will definitely pass along your suggestion of bringing along adequate lighting for each kayak as a safety precaution. Despite these misgivings, I'm glad to hear you had an incredible time experiencing the unique bioluminescent waters. They truly are phenomenal!  Thanks again for writing in and your suggestions.  Best, Brooke
    “what a great time!! Outdoor Odysseys did a great job. made the trip fun, yet felt safe the whole time, seeing the glowing little plankton was fantastic!!”

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