Bioluminescence Kayak Tour ‑ Port Gamble, Washington

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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, none full moon dates (this one) and Full Moon nights. Please check both for available dates.

Full Moon & Bioluminescence Kayak Tour Dates

This spectacular bioluminescence kayak tour is great for all ages, all experience levels, locals and visitors!

Want some pizzazz for your tour?  Special FIREWORKS evenings on Port gamble Bay are provided by local enthusiasts that set off fireworks across the bay at Point Julia adjacent to our facility during the tour. We can not guarantee that there will be fireworks but in the past there have been fireworks from June 26th to July 8th.

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, and Safety Equipment. 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.

What to Expect

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 use stable double sit on top kayaks
  • If you are coming as a single you can either match up with another single guest in a double or paddle a single kayak.
  • We will be putting in on a beach that can be sandy or rocky depending on the tide.
  • You will be wearing a life jacket
  • There will be a safety talk before leaving the beach
  • You will need to get your feet wet getting in and out of the kayaks so wear boots, sandals, or shoes that can get wet.
  • It will be chilly on the water after sundown so pack a jacket
  • You will be using headlamps and boat lights that we provide but please bring your own if you have them.
  • Boat lights will go out after about 20 minutes on the water to enhance our viewing of the bio. They can be turned back on at any time.
  • We will paddle as a group and each person will have, besides lights, a whistle for signaling and safety.
  • Paddlers will be encourage to paddle in single file or small groups to enhance viewing. The best viewing is next to shore. It is not uncommon for us to be spread out on the tour.
  • There will be a lead guide (front), a sweep guide (rear) and depending on group size guides that roam the group.
  • The tour is an out and back along the shore of Port Gamble Bay, about 1.2 miles. The shore is on your right going out and on your left coming back so it would be difficult to get disoriented while on the water. Everyone also has a head light which can be turned on if needed.
  • There is a sani-can at our beach which we encourage everyone to use before leaving the beach. We will be on the water 1 to 1.5 hours.

What To Bring

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.

  • Hardy snack
  • Water Bottle
  • Warm Fleece hat (Windproof if available)
  • Shoes that can get wet, tennis shoes, sandals with straps or hard sole water shoe, NO flip-flops.
  • Short or long pants depending on weather (Ideally synthetic).
  • Short or long sleeve shirt depending on the weather (Ideally synthetic).
  • Change of clothes left In your car If the ones your wearing gets wet.
  • Towel for After (Always nice)
  • Warm Fleece jacket, NOT cotton (Windproof if available)
  • light waterproof/water resistant jacket.

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.

When do we meet?

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 pitch dark).

When will we finish?

The tour will end 2 hours AFTER the meet time. Later is better for viewing Bio.

Please note that you will not be able to catch a Kingston ferry after the paddle but Bainbridge Ferry has a 12:55pm ferry.  Ferry Times change PLEASE CHECK USING THIS LINK.

Where do we meet?

Olympic Outdoor Center Port Gamble

32379 N Rainier Ave Port Gamble WA 98364

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.

No refunds will be provided for any cancellations received less than 24 hours before scheduled tours, classes, or events.

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