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Guided & Self Guided Trips

Whale Boat Tour, Full Moon Paddle & Tomales Bay Bioluminesence 




Tomales Bay Bioluminesence

Experience a magical guided nature adventure after dark!

 In the summertime during new moons, enjoy bioluminescent phytoplankton called Dinoflagellates as they sparkle and illuminate from the wake of your kayak or splash of your paddle.  It is an experience like no other!  Choose tandem kayaks or reserve our handcrafted, wooden whale boat that seats 4-5 comfortably and includes a personal guide.    

Choose from Crescent Crew tandem kayaks with elevated, framed seats or grab a seat in our boat built from red cedar and synthetic walrus skin allowing light to reflect through a translucent hull!



Wooden Whale Boat Tour

Great for families looking to paddle together in one boat, or let your guide do the paddling

We offer guided tours of the Napa River aboard traditional wooden whale boats modeled after those that carried early settlers to the Napa Valley from arriving ships in the San Francisco Bay. You'll ride the tide through protected wetlands in the famed Los Carneros wine region showcasing a rare perspective of several wine appellations and ecological zones visible in the nearby hills. Perfect for small groups, including families with children.

No white caps in your wine glass, just paddling and smooth sailing.

"Harpooning a whale may cost extra!" - Mike Smith, kanaka boat builder

*Kayak & SUP available upon request.


Kennedy Park Photos 5-2022


Full Moon Paddle

Listen to the sounds of birds settling down and watch fish feed at twilight as we paddle into the night.

Join Napa Valley Paddle for summer, moon-lit tours of the Napa River.  August celebrates the Sturgeon Super Moon.  Glide down river into the south Napa estuary as the moon-rises over the Eastern Vaca Range followed closely by the sun setting on Mt. Veeder to the West.

How do you want to paddle?

Kayak or paddleboard? Single or double? Dogs or kids? Whatever your needs and paddling preference, we've got you covered with premium equipment from brands we love. 


Inflatable Paddleboards

No oversized pool toys here. Only premium inflatables from POP Paddle Co, Kahuna and Red Paddle Co that offer a smooth, stable ride.


Rigid Paddleboards

Try our standard "surf style" cruiser from POP and Glide or upgrade to a displacement hull board.


Single Kayaks

Our premium sit-atop kayaks offer comfort and stability perfect for flat water paddling. 


Tandem (Double) Kayaks

Ride in comfort with 2 adults +1 child or dog on a premium sit-atop kayak from Crescent.  Framed, elevated seats provide extra back support and keep you dry.  Trademarked hull design improves glide!


Fishing Kayaks & Boards

Our fishing fleet includes the full lineup from Vibe: Cubera 120, Shearwater 125 & Yellowfin tandem fishing kayaks – all fully-outfitted with rod holders, bungee straps, paddle seating and dry wells.

Hobie Oasis Tandem-1


Hobie Tandem Pedal Drive!

 Built for two, hands free! Hobie Outfitter was designed so everything you need is precisely where you want it; Handles, Hatches, Stowage Pockets, Drink Holders, Rod Holders and more. 

The Bay Area's best kept secret.

There's no better place to enjoy an amazing day on the water.



The perfect spot for beginners, kids and anyone looking for effortless outdoor fun.



Calm, clean water and lots of it. Leave rough currents, heavy boat traffic and fog behind.



Surround yourself with wildlife, not wild crowds. You'll have the river all to yourself.


Words cannot explain how amazing the Napa Valley Paddle experience was ... perfect for everyone to enjoy. We will be back to try paddleboarding!


A lovely way to spend a couple of hours. We paddled past downtown and saw lots of birds. Service was friendly & efficient and we felt well taken care of! Can’t wait to go again with our kids.


Paddleboarding with NVP is so easy! You just show up and everything is ready for you to just get on the water and start paddling!

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Justin A.
San Francisco, CA
Anne A.
St. Helena, CA
Jen K.
Marin County, CA


Your effortless escape on the Napa River is 3 steps away...


Choose a date, time and rental option.


Meet the NVP Crew at your launch site.


Enjoy a perfect day on the Napa River!