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.
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.
Paddles, kayak equipment, expert instruction, and photos.
Basic water skills. Our instructors will provide proper guidance for the best experience.
Wear comfortable synthetic clothes as they dry faster. The night 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, towel, headlamp, or flashlight. Carry dry bag, waterproof cell phone case, or zip lock bag to protect cell phones, cameras, and other valuables. You can also buy phone cases or dry bag from us by placing your order in advance, $25.
Refund available for reservations cancelled up to 14 days prior to your tour date. In the event of adverse weather conditions, we’ll try our best to reschedule the tour at a later date, rest assured.
Paddleboard/ Kayak gear, pre-paddle orientation & guiding, paddle, photos, and life jacket for each guest.
Medium rigor. Not for beginner kayakers and not recommended for kids under 14 years old. For families, we may have the whale boat available depending on weather conditions.
3 hours total: 30 minutes for on-shore instruction, overview, and life vests and paddle fitting.
2 – 2.5 hours of Paddle time.
Plenty of car parking is available for guests.