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Address: 19225 Shoreline Highway, Marshall Boat Works, Marshall, CA 94940
Phone Number: 415-669-2600
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Just an hour north of San Francisco in the Point Reyes National Seashore,...

Just an hour north of San Francisco in the Point Reyes National Seashore, wilderness kayaking experiences await you. Our Inverness and Marshall sites on Tomales Bay are adjacent to pristine beaches and protected waters where unspoiled nature and wildlife viewing abound. 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 has also led trips to Baja, Mexico including Sea of Cortez island expeditions and incredible whale watching from Laguna San Ignacio base camp.

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Great time kayak-camping along Marshall

We went as a group of 8 friends going on a kayak-camping trip overnight. The Marshall location was fully booked, so we rented out kayaks from Inverness and went up the coast to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Katie L
Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went as a group of 8 friends going on a kayak-camping trip overnight. The Marshall location was fully booked, so we rented out kayaks from Inverness and went up the coast to find a campsite along the beach. Blue Waters was super helpful in getting us set up on the kayaks, and we had a great time! If you're... More 

Thank Katie L
Mountain View, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rented a kayak for 4 hours. Everything went super smooth as we had reserved online in advance and signed the waivers online. They were ready for us when we got there and off we went. The kayaking North was excellent. We stopped at a beach and enjoyed a picnic - had the tiny beach to ourselves. The trip back... More 

Thank Karene L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hello! First of all be ready to become wet till the end of your toes. Don't forget to bring another one dry wear set with you. Two most impressive things that i can point are: 1) Hog Island in Tomales bay where Pelikans and SeaLions live. Sea kayak let you to closely observe them in their world. 2) Great ocean... More 

Thank Alexey V
Blue W, Owner at Blue Waters Kayaking, responded to this review

Hey Alexey! Thank you so much for the great review. Everything you wrote here is absolutely true, but we just want to let everyone know that paddling anywhere near the entrance of Tomales Bay is not suggested for beginners on their own due to the strong currents, and ever changing conditions. However our Tomales Point Exploration Tour allows you to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I did a guided overnight kayaking camping experience with BWK. Everything about the process was easy and smooth. Our guides, Jangee (sp?) and Andrew were wonderful and informative. They each knew so much about Tomales Bay and were helpful and hilarious. Would love to go back!

Thank shoshana124
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I booked a private paddle across the bay from Marshall. Our guide was excellent providing naturalist information along with early history of the area. Saw Bat Rays laying eggs in the eel grass, seals, rare birds and all. Look forward to our next excursion. Our first was the wetlands paddle which was amazing too.

Thank John M
San Mateo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Helpful folks, beautiful surrounding, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Plan to go back with a bigger group.

Thank Bill W
Sebastopol, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The signup and check-in were very efficient (another company in Jenner never bothered calling or emailing me back). The Blue Water person who got us outfitted and launched was great. And the price was right. I hadn't been in a sit-on-top kayak before and wasn't as enthusiastic about it because you get a lot wetter and, I felt, paddle control... More 

Thank doghairnancy
Napa, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's important to note that I rarely write reviews, so the fact that I'm taking a moment to let folks know how awesome Blue Kayak is, says something! First, I've been on numerous kayak trips, primarily guided tours. The guides are all curious characters, with laid back, casual attitudes, which is not a problem for me at all. As long... More 

Thank BMD1980
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Jeff Quigley expertly guided our tour on the Tomales Bay near Nick's Cove and Hog Island, with the views of seals and river otters, the smells of cormorants and pelicans, the sounds of tule elk, and a spectacular exhibit of bioluminescent algae. Our group was intimate, accessible to all levels of experience, safe, punctual and a great value. Highest recommendation.

Thank John W
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Friendly staff and great experience. Saw lots of bat rays and a couple leopard sharks in he shallow water to the north of Blue Water.

Thank Robert G

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