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Drakes Estero

Kayaking and paddle boarding in Point Reyes National Seashore.

2023 Tour Schedule is posted!  These are the best tide dates.


Experience the environmental resurgence of Drakes Estero, a serene estuary brimming with vibrant life. This world-class paddle offers unparalleled kayaking & paddle boarding opportunities amidst its pristine landscape, showcasing abundant wildlife, breathtaking panoramas, and a natural ambiance. Embarking from our launch site at the estuary's onset, we'll traverse its waters to the entrance, pausing at a picturesque beach for a brief lunch after a short hike over low-lying sand dunes.

Spanning 2,500 acres, Drakes Estero comprises a network of five interconnected bays. Along our kayaking journey, anticipate sightings of numerous harbor seals, with occasional glimpses of leopard sharks and bat rays. The avian spectacle includes cormorants, white pelicans, shorebirds, blue herons, and elegant egrets. Please note that while our launch site features a basic toilet, there is no running water available. However, our lunch stop at the estuary's mouth (approximately a 1 1/2-hour paddle) presents a secluded natural setting for a tranquil mealtime with views of Point Reyes.

For those with less time or wanting a shorter paddle we may opt to explore Home Bay for leopard sharks and picturesque views where forest meets the estero (45 min paddle time).

Prior kayaking experience isn't mandatory, but a reasonable level of physical fitness is recommended. Paddle boarding is advised for an elevated view of the aquatic life, particularly during southwest swells which bring 18" rollers to ride home near the estuary mouth.  Comfortable, sit-on-top Crescent Crew tandems with framed seats are our primary vessel of choice.  Those with advanced kayaking skills may request a single, Necky touring kayak. This exclusive trip has limited availability due to the closure of Drakes Estero for harbor seal pupping season, which occurs annually from March 1 to June 30. Remember to bring your own lunch. To inquire about dates, starting times, and secure your spot, click on "BOOK NOW"

Luxury transportation 
Private chef   
Guided tour of Drakes Estero
*Beaujolais & oyster option in November & December

*Mercedes Sprinter Van up to 10 people departing Napa, Sonoma or Marin County


For private group inquiries, call 707-200-5511 to book

Three NVP tour options
Crescent Tandem Kayak, sit-on-top with elevated, framed single seats.  Paddle board. Or, Handcrafted, wooden whale 4-seater boat with a personal guide. The whaleboat is built to allow light to reflect through the semi-translucent hull.  *Tandem, pedal drive kayaks available upon request for $50/upcharge

Kayak or SUP, paddles, life jacket, on-shore instruction & overview. Dry bags & cell phone lanyard for convenient photo ops, upon request.

Prior kayaking experience isn't mandatory, but a reasonable level of physical fitness is recommended.  Paddle boarders must be able to stand for 1.5 hours +/- with breaks of course. 

PRICING INCLUDES A $20 NON-REFUNDABLE BOOKING FEE. 3% Point Reyes National Seashore fee is included in the ticket price.  Gratuity is not included, please tip your guide.

Group 139@2x-1

Timing is everything. Reserve Your Spot!

Drakes Estero is one of the largest concentrations of harbor seals on the West Coast.  Best experienced from a paddle board, this paddle paradise offers an abundance of wildlife including leopards sharks, bat rays and a coyote sunrise if you launch early


Napa Valley Paddle
(Inside) Sav Up Crossfit 
1075 Lakeville St.  Petluma, CA 94952