Pack your favorite picnic lunch and join us for a relaxing time exploring the islands. Kayak to a small, uninhabited state park island or isolated beach for a fun getaway.
- Adult Ages 15+
Kayak Orcas Island After Dark
Orcas Island is not known for its nightlife, but this is it! Join us on a two-hour evening kayak tour through sheltered Deer Harbor as we search for magical, twinkling bioluminescence. The San Juan Islands have significant tidal exchanges that create swift ocean currents and strong upwellings. These conditions make our water rich with nutrients, providing a diverse habitat for microorganisms. Some of the microorganisms have the ability to create their own light.
As the water is stirred by animals, fish, and our paddle strokes, it causes a reactive glow. These microorganisms are most numerous following long, sunny days and most visible around new moons. Sightings are common but vary in intensity and are never guaranteed. To maximize the best sightings, we offer bioluminescence tours during the darkest nights of summer. Trips are usually limited to six participants, so book early to experience the natural marine lights from the depths of the Salish Sea.
Shearwater provides stable two-person kayaks, all the necessary kayaking gear, dry storage bags, and professional guide. No kayak experience is required. Our tours include 20-30 minutes of gear adjustment and basic instruction. Expect about an hour and a half on the water on this tour.
Start times vary. Offered on the darkest nights of June/July/August. Call for details.
Minimum age: 15 years
Maximum weight: 260 lbs /person
Maximum height: 6’4″
Meeting Location: Deer Harbor Marina. Meet outside The Barge Gift Shop. Down the ramp in The Barge, located on the right side of the main dock. Additional parking is available in the upper lot.
Cancellations: We understand plans sometimes change. Cancellations more than 48 hours in advance of tour are fully refunded (more than 5 days in advance for groups of 5+). Late cancellations are refunded if we are able to resell the space(s).