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"
*Mercedes Sprinter Van up to 10 people departing Napa, Sonoma or Marin County
For private group inquiries, call 707-200-5511 to book
Kayak or SUP, paddles, life jacket, on-shore instruction & overview. Dry bags & cell phone lanyard for convenient photo ops, upon request.
Wear comfortable synthetic clothes as they dry faster. The morning can get cold, so dress in layers. Bring a cap or hoodie, a waterproof shell, and waterproof pants to avoid your feet and legs getting wet from the drips from the paddle. We recommend water shoes or strap sandals. They are optional based on your comfort.
Drinking water, sun glasses, dry bag, light towel. Waterproof cell phone case, zip lock bag or small dry box ($8.99, Walmart) to protect cell phones, keys and other valuables.
Refund available for reservations cancelled up to 14-days prior to your tour date; $35/cancellation fee applies. In the event of adverse weather conditions, we will issue a rain check and reschedule the tour for a later date. Although we've always refunded customers do to weather-related cancellations upon request, refunds are not guaranteed.
Tandem kayak or SUP, paddle, life jacket, pre-paddle orientation, guide, dry bag
Prior kayaking experience isn't a requirement however a reasonable level of physical fitness is recommended. Not recommended for kids under 12 years old. For families, we may have the whale boat available depending on weather conditions. Paddle boarder need to stand for 1.5 hours with breaks. 3 hour paddle time.
4-5 hours total: 30 minutes for on-shore instruction, overview, life vests and paddle fitting.
2.5-hours paddle time, 1-hour lunch and short hike. Note: Home Bay is a 3-hour event with 1.5 hours paddle time
Plenty of car parking is available for guests. A bathroom without running water is in parking lot.
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.