Experience Enchanting Bioluminescence
Kayaking in Tomales Bay

Under the ocean of infinite stars, on the darkest night of Tomales Bay, discover magic in the ocean’s garden.

Tour Dates: September 25th October 21st October 22nd

Only 24 Spots are Available.
Reserve Yours Now!

Napa Valley Paddle’s Bioluminescent kayak touring company offers nature’s most illuminating light show in the waters of Tomales Bay on the darkest nights of July, August, September, and October, 2022. Bioluminescence is mother nature at its spectacular best. It is the emission of light by microorganisms undersea called marine dinoflagellate or plankton. Movements from a swimming fish, the stroke of a paddle to displaced water from the hull of your kayak can excite the organisms causing a shimmering burst of fluorescent green-blue light. With hundreds of marine dinoflagellates assembled in the bay, the collective effect can be magical. 

The Bioluminescent Kayak Tour in Tomales Bay

Napa Valley Paddle’s blue water kayaking starts just before nightfall so that you can enjoy the rich colors of the sun setting on the horizon. As the evening fades into darkness, the sky is lit by stars above, followed by traces of bioluminescence glowing as its spills from your kayak paddle.

We’ve chosen the best dates for July, August, September, and October based on the moon’s position to ensure the darkest nights. Our guided tour will take you through areas where your kayak paddle creates long stretches of glowing bioluminescent for the longest time.

Two exclusive NVP tour options
Crescent Tandem Kayaks with elevated, framed single seat and Handcrafted, Wooden Whale 4–5-seater boats with a personal guide. The whaleboat is built to allow light to reflect through the translucent hull.
What’s provided:

Paddles, kayak equipment, expert instruction, and photos.


Basic water skills. Our instructors will provide proper guidance for the best experience.

Basic, water skills are required and kayak experience is a must.  Not for beginner paddlers.  For beginners, best to rent in Napa a few times (flat, warm water with no wake) and/or take an introductory lesson if need be. 
Group 139@2x-1

Timing is everything. Reserve Your Spot!

The area is world-renowned for bioluminescence tours in California. The kayak trip is limited to the darkest nights of the new moon phases in Summer and fall; hence sells out quickly.


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