Blue Waters Kayaking
Blue Waters Kayaking
4.5
Night Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Kayaking & Canoeing
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Rentals, Tours, & Classes Just an hour north of San Francisco in the Point Reyes National Seashore, wilderness kayaking experiences await you. Naturalist-led tours, oyster tours, overnight camping, events and parties for individuals and companies, weeklong youth camps, beginning and advanced classes are just a few of our offerings. Take a break from "civilization" and explore the natural world with us by kayak. Since 1984 Blue Waters Kayaking has also led trips to Baja, Mexico including Sea of Cortez island expeditions and incredible whale watching from Laguna San Ignacio base camp.
Marshall, California

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achang19
Chicago, IL52 contributions
Oct 2022
We (3 adults) did the Drake’s Estero Half Day tour with Jeff and Kari in mid-October and had a fantastic experience. We got very lucky and had great conditions: overcast but not cold and no wind. The water was completely still and we could easily see into it, so we were able to see leopard sharks and a moon snail. These conditions also made for easy paddling.

Though we were experienced kayakers, most of the people in our group had little to no experience. Hence, Jeff and Kari were very thorough at the beginning; they demonstrated basic paddling techniques and positions and made sure everyone’s gear and kayak were setup correctly. During the tour, they managed the group well, helping out as needed and including a short break on a shore so people could stretch their legs and relieve themselves. Jeff was very knowledgeable and shared lots of interesting information about the history of the area and local flora and fauna.

Both tandem and single kayaks were available. They also provided waterproof jackets, kayak spray skirts, and dry bags. Bring your own water and snacks.
Written December 3, 2022
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Alm0stReady
Gold River, CA109 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
We took them bioluminescence tour on a moonless September night. The staff were very professional, outfitted us with proper gear, provided instruction and led us across the bay and back. The bioluminescence is amazing! They sparkle in the water and illuminate the wake from the kayak. They sparkle when you splash your hand or paddle in the sea. We loved it. Sorry my cell phone pictures didn’t turn out.
Written September 18, 2020
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SFAndrew
San Francisco, CA205 contributions
Apr 2021
We love Blue Waters Kayaking so much! This is our second or third trip with them. Amanda and John were perfect guides. John brought up the rear with great herblore, quietly shepherding us all. What a great guy. Amanda, wow! She had a lot of information about the wildlife too, as well as kayaking tips, funny comments, and positive suggestions galore. We loved these two. The best moment came at the end, when Amanda suggested that we all stay silent for a minute or two. The funny thing is that my wife was just thinking exactly that! It gave a perfect atmosphere to the last several minutes of the trip.

After the trip, we went to three of the places she recommended--those oysters!

We can't wait to take another trip with them. Such a great bunch of people!
Written May 1, 2021
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Rody Rosenbaum
1 contribution
May 2020
I'm paid for an upcoming trip on may 22nd. ive been trying to reach someone for almost 2 months to see if this trip is happening. no one has responded to many emails and phone messages i left. the automated message is before April 7th and nothing since then. no matter what situation we're in, you have an obligation to communicate better.
SHAMEFUL!!!
Written May 11, 2020
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Alan L
Fairbanks, AK1 contribution
Nov 2017 • Friends
It was awesome!
I've never been kayaking before, but the tour guides were all super friendly and helpful with giving a brief run down on how to kayak and rounding us up. Jeffrey, the asian dude, was my tour guide and he was really awesome. Nice guy, easy to talk to, and eager to inform us of the fun facts while we kayak and stuff.

The view though...I did not expect the night sky to be full of so many stars. You can get a perfect view of the stars and the milk way. And the bioluminescence was nothing short of magical. It was like light inside the water, like in a movie or an anime. Definitely gonna book another trip next year when I get the chance. I can't recommend them enough. Do the bioluminescence night tour, for sure.

...Umm..I should note a few tips though:
1. Do NOT bring your cell phone. Honestly it gets too dark to take any pictures or videos so it's not worth. Also, it is very possible for your phone to fall into the water, so don't do it.
2. Dress in a hoody and sweatpants or something. Do NOT dress fancy. I was on a tour with a dude and what seemed to be his date. She was dressed in some nice shoes that got muddy and stuff. Do not recommend. Wear wet-resistant boots or somethings.
3. Wear wet-resistant boots. Rainboots or whatever.
4. Bring cash-money for parking. Dolla dolla bills, don't do 20s. Only 5s and 1s. I forgot how much parking is. I think it was like $10? Don't remember. Probably best to bring like 2 $5s and $1s
5. Date-night: Great idea. Let them know to dress in sweats and rainboots. Just...do it. Trust.
6. If you don't know how to kayak, they teach you. If you don't know how to swim, they strap you in life-jacket, so you float instead of drown. Neat.
They rent out a kayak for you and a wet suit. Oh, I should mention, it's pretty clean, so no worries.
7. Have fun, dress warm. Don't bring your cell phone. Bring Cash-Money for parking.
Written December 13, 2017
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JanetWOakland_CA
Oakland, CA40 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
Last night (12/8/17) we went on a night paddle in Tomales Bay to see marine phosphorescence. We left at sunset and paddled out into the changing sky and water. As dark fell we trailed our hands in the water and watched sparks unfurl from our fingers. The Milky Way glowed overhead.

Periodically the guide had us link our kayaks together while he dispensed interesting facts. He has an impressive body of knowledge and was able to answer all my questions in detail. Sometimes he encouraged us to just sit quietly and appreciate the tranquility of our surroundings. These quiet times were some of my favorite parts of the trip.

On the dark ocean you lose your depth perception. It feels like you’re sitting still and things are moving around you. It’s otherworldly, in a serene way. The only sounds were the watery rhythm of the paddles and small noises from various land animals. I’ve never done anything like this. It was magical.

My only criticism about this trip is that the second guide dispensed information almost constantly. He had a customer in his boat and was pleasantly entertaining her, but his voice really carried. For me at least, this disturbed the serenity of the experience somewhat. Both guides were very competent and they obviously love their work. I felt completely safe at all times.

Before you go, carefully read the instructions and wear warm clothes, preferably wool or poly-pro.
Written December 10, 2017
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Debbie F
Concord, NH187 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
We enjoyed our Tule Elk kayak tour of Tomales bay. Even though we had a foggy morning, it only added to the mystique of the experience. We were lucky enough to see elk, sea stars, rays, harbor seals and tons of cormorants. Our guides were knowledgeable and couldn't have been friendlier. We were provided with all of the equipment we needed, including jackets and spray skirts. The Necky tandem sea kayak handled the job beautifully. My "beef" was that we had signed up for a full day tour for $99. About a week before our scheduled trip, we were informed that only the half day tour would run that day. That was fine with me, except that the half-day wasn't half the price, only $10 less than the full day. Maybe I'm biased in that our New Hampshire paychecks just don't go very far in a CA economy - but $89 seemed like a LOT of money to spend for a 3 mile paddle (lunch NOT included). Plus, all paperwork made it very clear that the guides were expecting a 15-20% tip. If this doesn't seem like much money to you, then I would definitely recommend the trip, but the expense was tough for me to justify.
Written August 17, 2012
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David B
Santa Rosa, CA73 contributions
Oct 2019
A wonderful 3 hour tour. Wear something warm. They supply paddle jackets that protect against the wind and water. Gloves are a good idea. The water drips down the paddles and gets your hands wet. Bring a flashlight to help you find your car in the dark. Get a parking pass down by the kayaks before parking up on the hill. You need to leave the parking pass on your dashboard. It will save you a trip back to your car.
Written October 3, 2019
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gottwins45
California3 contributions
Aug 2018
Our trip started at 6:30pm from Miller Boat Launch. Arrive a bit early and be sure to bring $5 for the parking fee.
We met with Drew and he got us fitted with a windbreaker, spray skirt and life jacket and into our kayaks. He went over some directions and addressed our concerns and we were off paddling away towards the other side of Tomales Bay. We were a group of 6 with ages ranging from 13 to 64 and did not have too much trouble making it across and eventually back at the end of the night. We all brought our own water bottles and snacks and enjoyed them on a beach on the other side while we waited a bit for the sun to settle. After a short break we were off kayaking towards areas of Tomales bay. Once it was dark we were able to enjoy the Bioluminescence. Having seen this before on a trip in Mexico it was familiar but this Kayak trip was a much better experience. We all enjoyed our trip and look forward to trying it again. My only complaint was that the kayak I used had stiff steering cables and the windbreakers were wet from previous use but those were optional and we used them over our gear for added warmth. Thanks again Drew! August 9th family of 6.
Written August 27, 2018
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TravelingProff
Washington Crossing, PA15 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
A great organization. Easy reservations. Reasonable price. Good gear. Our guide unfortunately was horribly rude, took a private tour for our family of five. Guide took my daughter and husband on shore to use the restroom and when he realized I waited in the water he started screaming at me. I immediately came in and he yelled at me for several minutes in front of my kids about how he would lose his job. Avoid the guide from Hawaii!
Written August 11, 2015
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