Bioluminescence Kayak Tour ‑ Port Gamble, Washington

by Olympic Outdoor Center

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.


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

Start with a Kayak lesson (or refresher) and then enjoy Bioluminescence viewing on Port Gamble Bay. Your are more than welcome to bring your own kayak or SUP, the cost of the tour will still be the same. We use stable double sit-on-top kayaks.

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.

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!

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
  • 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.
  • We will paddle as a group and each person will have, besides lights, a whistle for signaling and safety.
  • 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 paddle in Light Rain. We do not paddle in high winds or lightning. It is COLD on the water at night so dress WARM.)

  • 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. Calf High Boots are best to keep your feet dry.
  • 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?

Meet times vary according to when sunset occurs, Time will be between 8pm and 9:30pm, you will be notified before your trip of the meet time. (Bio only comes out when it is pitch dark).

Usual meet times by month: June (9:30pm), July (9:30pm), August (9:00pm) but theses can vary by 30 minutes.

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 ferry after the paddle.

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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