This tour has quickly become our most popular, and for good reason! Paddling amongst the bioluminescence at night on Port Gamble bay is an experience you will remember for a lifetime.
Dont see your Date Available? Check our Full Moon Bioluminescence tour for more dates. This tour is divided into 2 separate pages, not full moon dates (this one) and Full Moon nights. Please check both for available dates.
Start with a Kayak lesson (or refresher) and then enjoy Bioluminescence viewing on Port Gamble Bay. We use stable double sit-on-top kayaks. Your are more than welcome to bring your own kayak or SUP however the cost of the tour will still be the same.
The cost of the tour includes: Guide, Kayak, Paddle, PFD, Boat light, head lamp. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. We hope to see you out on the water!
Please bring a head lamp if you have one to be worn during the tour.
Bioluminescence Tours begin and end at our beach in Port Gamble and will last about 2 hours.
You will almost certainly see Bioluminescence. Bioluminescence is an amazing natural phenomenon in which an organism produces and emits light due to a chemical reaction where the chemical energy is converted into light energy. When disturbed the organisms give off light such as when you paddle a kayak. There may also be amazing sunsets over the Olympics as well as paddling beautiful Port Gamble Bay.
We will paddle even in light rain. We will not paddle in high winds or lightning. It will be cold on the water at night so dress warmly.
If bringing electronics (phone, camera, etc.) put in dry bag or Double baggie or provide a waterproof case.
Put Your name on all of your belongings, we are not responsible for lost or stolen gear especially phones, cameras, watches, etc.
Tipping your guides are always a nice gesture for excellent service.
Start time varies depending on the month, you will be notified before your trip of the meet time if it changes. (Bio only comes out when it is dark). Our standard meet time is 9:30PM and our standard end time is 11:30PM.
The tour will end 2 hours AFTER the meet time. Later is better for viewing Bio.
We will be paddling at night. Each kayak will have a boat light and each participant will have a head lamp. The participants boat lights are GREEN and the guides RED. Participants boat lights will be turned off after about 20 minutes to enhance viewing. The guides boat lights will never be turned off, so they are always visible and easy to locate. If a participant has any trouble they are instructed to turn their head lamp on so we can locate them quickly. Each participant also have a whistle on their life jacket for signalling. Depending on group size there will be a minimum of 2 guides and a max of 4. Sound caries on the water and on Port Gamble Bay it is easy to hear the group and assess any problems.
Participants are instructed to stay close to the shore during the tour for best viewing. The tour goes out with the shore on your right and comes back with the shore on your left. Participants are instructed to NOT paddle in to the center of the bay and just paddle next to shore. It is dark during the paddle but there is always some ambient light so you can always see where you are going.
The group DOES spread out during the paddle which enhances viewing for all. We encourage participants to paddle in close to shore either in single file or in small groups.
Our guides goes thru staff training and orientation every year. This is one of our staffs favorite tours to guide. Many have come back year after year. It is not unusual for them to have 20-30 tours each per year.
We will meet at our beach launch; from Rainier Ave., take a right at the stop sign, head down the hill and you will see our shipping container straight ahead through the gate.
Olympic Outdoor Center
P.O. Box 236
32379 Rainier Ave.
Port Gamble, WA 98364