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Bioluminescent Kayaking

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Adult Ages 15+

Paddle the Bioluminescence at Night

Join our professional guides on a two-hour evening kayak tour through sheltered Deer Harbor as we search for unique 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 usually active following 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 select times of the year. Trips are 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. Call for details. 2-hour Bio Trips are offered from June – September.

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.

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