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Bioluminescence Kayak Tour

Bioluminescence Kayak Tour

October 8, 2023
Experience the magic of kayaking at night through bioluminescent waters with our partners at Blue Waters Kayaking!

Join our partners at Blue Waters Kayaking for the unique experience of paddling at night through bioluminescent waters on Tomales Bay. Watch microscopic plankton sparkle and glow as you move among them through the water and learn how these tiny organisms use chemical reactions to create this natural light show.

Participants must register and paddle in pairs.

All guided tours are in tandem closed deck sea kayaks. Our double kayaks track well, are difficult to capsize, and are easy to maneuver. All the necessary gear such as life jackets, paddles, and spray skirts is provided.

All sales are final 7 days before class.


-We will be meeting at the Miller Boat Launch

– Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in

All sales are considered final seven days before class. No refunds will be given 7 days or fewer from the start of class. For COVID policy see below.

– Please follow the parking instructions for the facility used that day

– Please provide an email you check regularly for updates and reminders about your class

– Registration is required online prior to the event in order to maintain class sizes

– Sales end 48 hours before the start date.

– Waitlists are available when the class sells out

What to Bring:

$5.00 per car for Miller Boat Launch parking fee

Full water bottle (we recommend 32 oz/1 liter per person)

Snacks and/or beverages for after the tour. Nearby stores and restaurants close during the tour time, so having something in the car to replenish your energy post-tour is a good idea. A thermos of your favorite hot beverage is nice on colder nights, too.

Headlamp or flashlight to use at the end of tour for getting out of your kayak and returning to your vehicle

You may want to have dry socks & shoes and/or a change of clothes for after the tour. Most people do not get very wet on tour, but your footwear will definitely be wet, and some of your clothing with likely be at least a little damp.

What to Wear:

Wool or fleece hat/beanie (we recommend a hat for warmth at night year-round)

Quick-dry pants or shorts (pants that can be rolled up are a good option) or rain pants

Short- or long-sleeved quick dry shirt (tech tee/synthetic fabric or wool or silk)

Warmth layer suggestions: fleece pullover, jacket, or vest; synthetic puffy vest or jacket; wool sweater

Long Underwear (synthetic, wool, or silk) is recommended in colder months (usually late November – mid-April) and year round for people who are especially cold natured

Windbreaker/rain jacket (we also offer pull over style spray jackets on tours)

Shoes you don’t mind getting wet & a little muddy. Some suggestions: water sandals (e.g., Keens, Tevas, Chacos) with or without wool or neoprene socks, wetsuit booties, aqua socks, old sneakers/hiking boots with wool socks, rubber boots with wool/neoprene socks, etc. Avoid flip-flop type sandals that do not attach to your feet.

About the PRNSA Field Institute:

The PRNSA Field Institute offers hands-on environmental education classes throughout the year that foster enjoyment of Point Reyes National Seashore. Our classes are led by expert instructors, who take you out of your everyday life and into the natural world. We host a variety of classes about the arts and sciences and have something for everyone. You can reach the Field Institute at (415) 663-1200 x304 or by email at

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COVID-19 Field Institute Guidelines

Please respect the following COVID-19 procedures:

• Perform a health self-check before coming to class using the CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus as a guide

• Do not attend class if you are experiencing COVID symptoms, know that you have had a close exposure, or are suffering from any flu-like or respiratory illness

• Contact the Field Institute if you will not be able to attend due to COVID. You may be eligible to receive a full or partial refund

• Participants exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be asked to leave class

• Masks are optional at your discretion

• Please bring your own food and water

All guidelines are subject to change pursuant to State or County Health order updates.

Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines to help keep everyone safe.