Every year Blue Waters Kayaking has the honor of introducing people of all ages and abilities to the natural wonders of kayaking. We see people delight at the thrill of their first paddle, rejoice with wonder as they serenely cross the Bay under the glow of the full moon and beam with excitement as they load their kayak for a camping trip on a secluded beach. We also have the privilege of organizing wedding parties and family reunions; teaching novice paddlers to become competent kayakers; and working with corporations and nonprofit organizations on team building retreats.
Beginning with the Coast Miwok, the shores of Tomales Bay have been inhabited by people for over 5,000 years. Although the Bay has undergone tremendous changes over the centuries Blue Waters Kayaking is dedicated to preserving Tomales Bay. All of our kayak programs emphasize environmental awareness and will introduce you to the Bay’s unique ecosystem, stunning beauty and romantic appeal.
Like so many generations before us, we hope that you will take time to explore the peaceful waters of Tomales Bay. We look forward to seeing you soon and sharing the special experience of Blue Waters Kayaking with you.
Areas of Service and Expertise
We have 2 Launch Sites on Tomales Bay: Marshall (on the east side 8 miles north of Point Reyes) Inverness (on the west side – in the Golden Hinde Inn and Marina)
Types of Experiences and Trips Provided
Tomales Bay Morning Paddle This gentle naturalist-led tour includes an introductory kayak lesson and is perfect for first-time paddlers – young and old. Bring the whole family along for a fun adventure of paddling and nature watching! Cost: $68. Every Saturday and Sunday. From either our Inverness location at the Golden Hinde Inn and Marina or the Marshall Boatworks in Marshall on the east shore of Tomales Bay – call for details.
Time: 9 am – noon OR 10 am – 1 pm
Full Day Paddle and Hike – Naturalist Led Tour We will meet at the Blue Waters Kayaking site in Inverness. After organizing gear and going over basic kayaking instructions and safety procedures, we’ll launch our boats and paddle along the bay. We’ll paddle along the Pt. Reyes shoreline, enjoying the wildlife and beautiful scenery. We’ll share a leisurely potluck lunch at one of the many beautiful Tomales Bay beaches. After lunch we will put on our hiking shoes and explore the trails of Tomales Bay State Park. Your NATURALIST guide will interpret the plant and animal life and the geology of this fascinating area. After hiking we’ll re-launch our kayaks and paddle back to base, enjoying the quiet and solitude of the bay. A perfect trip for beginners and pros alike. Cost: $98. Time: 9am – 3pm
North Bay/Tule Elk Tour The area arond Hog Island is rich in wildlife and scenic beauty. Over 400 Tule Elk inhabit the northern part of the peninsula, and can be seen from the kayaks. We will launch at Miller Park Boat Ramp (nest to the restaurant at Nick’s Cove) and paddle through the tide channels to the remote beaches of the Penninsula. As we paddle along we will discover the myrad and diverse animals which inhabit the Bay and its shores. In addition to the Tule Elk, it is common to see harbor seals, bat-rays, leapard sharks, osprey, occasionally Sea Lions, and recently, some juvenile Gray Whales feeding in the area! Full-Day Tour, 9 – 3; $98. Half-Day Tour, 9 – 1 OR 10 am – 2 pm; $88.
Full Moon Paddle and Sunset Paddles Experience the tranquility and magic of sunset and moon rise on Tomales Bay. On this easy-paced tour we meander across the Bay to the Point Reyes National Seashore. Watch the day change to night in the company of seals and birds, such as night herons, osprey and kingfishers, who may present themselves as we quietly paddle. Time seems to stand still when the full moon casts a mystical glow on the water and our kayaks glide home across the Bay as we follow the arc of the rising full moon. Bring a friend – this will be a tour to remember. This special three hour event will launch from our Marshall or Inverness site. Start time varies by season. These tours fill up, so call early to reserve. Cost: $88. Time: 3 hour tour starting at 5, 6, or 7 pm
Tomales Bay Giacomini Wetlands Tour The Giacomini Ranch was established over 50 years ago at the head of Tomales Bay near downtown Point Reyes Station. In order to create pastureland from existing salt marsh, Rancher Waldo Giacomini built levees and tide gates to manage tidal incursion. The levees significantly altered the patterns of estuarine circulation and sediment deposition in the area. In 2000 the Point Reyes National Seashore purchased 563 acres of the Giacomini farmland in order to begin the long, delicate process of restoring the wetlands. At project end this salt marsh will add approximately 4% to existing California salt marsh. The project took eight and a half years to finish. Now the levess have been removed. Take this opportunity to explore the rebirth of the Tomales Bay wetlands up close. With abundant wildlife, exciting wetlands to explore, and a vibrant history, the south bay tour is sure to please the nature-loving explorer in you. Full-Day Tour, 9am – 3pm; $98. Half-Day Tour, 9am – 1pm; $88. Evening Paddle, 6 pm – 9 pm; $78
Sea kayaking classes are also available! The classes are designed for those interested in learning sea kayaking basics or improving their skill level, as well as for those who intend to be responsible for others on the water. Blue Waters Kayaking instructors are sensitive to the challenges of learning and we maintain small group sizes in all of our courses to ensure that you will receive individualized and personalized instruction. See website for more information.
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