Half Day Bioluminescence Kayaking Tour from Friday Harbor
Have you ever wish you could see the bioluminescent microflora and fauna of the Salish Sea? Then book a 3 hours Bioluminescence Kayaking Tour today! Rates as low as $109 per person. Rates: • 3 hours: $109 per person Rates includes: • Kayaking instruction and guiding • Kayaking gear • Dry bag • Transportation to and from launch site What You Can Expect: Since 1987 we've been offering bioluminescent paddling as part of every one of our multi-day camping trips. In recent years we've decided to make that experience available to guests who prefer a shorter trip or have a specific interest in night paddling. Join us for a beautiful night paddle in Griffin Bay off San Juan Island among the bioluminescent micro flora and fauna of the Salish Sea! We’ll launch at sunset and kayak among harbor seals and roosting birds as we wait for the light show to begin. The waters are most serene and vacant of other boat traffic at night, but reactivated by fish and jellies in bioluminescence. We have scheduled trips during the new moons for the best conditions to see the bioluminescence, but can put together custom departures if those dates do not work for your group. Tour Details: • Start: Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal 8:00 PM • End: Friday Harbor Ferry Terminal 11:00 PM You Provide: • Gratuity for your guide (optional, but appreciated!) • Lunch/snacks (2020 only) • Water bottle • Sunglasses and/or hat • Sunscreen • Quick dry clothing • Extra layers • Sandals that can get wet Suggested Packing List: All trips • Water Bottle • Sun protection (any or all) (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, bandana) • Footwear that can get wet • Warm layer (preferably long sleeved) • Wind/rain layer (just in case) Optional Items • Knit hat/beanie • Change of clothes • Binoculars (preferably waterproof) • Camera/Camera gear • Eyeglass Tether • Any personal medications • Gloves: Bicycling or Paddling type If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
- Captain is included.
- A captain is provided by the listing owner to host and operate the trip.
- 20 guests
- Boards & Paddles
Features & Details
- Life jackets/required safety gear
You’ll get directions for the exact departure location when you make a booking inquiry.
Full refund up to 5 days prior.
Additional Terms & Information
Covid 19 FAQ How will your company address social distancing? • We are maintaining the small group nature of our tours with a maximum number of 8 people (or up to the maximum allowed by government policies) • Our custom trip minimum will be shifted from 6 to 4 allowing for affordable private trips for individual households. • We will be adopting electronic risk and release forms. How will your company keep trips hygienic? Many of the procedures that will keep folks healthy and safe are already part of our protocols. However, we will be extra diligent by adopting the following procedures: • You will find hand sanitizer available at all times. Though you are encouraged to bring your own to have on you throughout your trip. All guides will carry hand sanitizer on their person during tours. • In addition to regular cleaning practices already in place, we will be disinfecting all hard surfaces routinely in offices and before and after tours for all vessels and kayak and camping gear. PFDs will be disinfected after each use and hung to dry. • Our overnight trips already have high hygiene standards for cooking in the field extra care will be taken to disinfect all cooking and prep surfaces continually throughout the trip. • We feel folks are most comfortable in their own gear, guests will be asked to bring their own sleeping bag and pad. For those that do not have their own rentals will still be available and will be thoroughly disinfected between uses as they always have been. • Vans will be disinfected between all uses. Will I need to wear a mask? • Mask protocol is constantly changing. Guests will be asked to abide by the most current regulations set forth by the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, Department of Health, and Washington State regarding mask use. • Employees will be provided with a CDC approved mask that is kept clean • For your own comfort we ask that guests provide their own mask (one which is CDC approved) for all tours. • Disposable masks & gloves will be available to guests should you forget your own or if it is not CDC approved. Can I reschedule my trip? • Trip deferrals are available at zero cost. Later in the summer, next season, anytime; we want you to enjoy your vacation and feel safe. • Contact us and let us know! • With the current conditions so up in the air we are prepared to be supremely flexible. What information is being used to create standards and practices regarding COVID protocols? • We use information from the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and Department of Health in combination with federal, state and county health officials to strive for the most effective and safe procedures regarding guest health and that of our staff. General Trip FAQs Where/when do we meet? Pick-up for your trip is at the col de sac/traffic circle at the junction of Front St and Spring St, across from the Cask and Schooner Restaurant, just outside the Friday Harbor Ferry terminal at: Half day trips: 10:45 AM or 2:30 PM Full day trips: 10:45 AM Multi day trips: 8:30 AM What time will we get back? What time will we get back? Plan on returning to Friday Habor at: Half day trips: 3 hrs from your pickup time Full day trips: Between 4:30-5:30 PM Multi day trips: Between 2-4 PM on the last day I have luggage/bags/clothes that I don't want to take with me on the trip, can you store those items for me? Anything you don't need for the trip and would like to leave behind we will gladly store here at our office while you are out on the water! There is no cost for this service! I have dietary restrictions/food allergy. Can you accommodate this? Yes! We are experts in creating delicious cuisine for all dietary needs. Just detail your restrictions at the time of your reservation and we’ll be sure to keep you full and happy. Do we still paddle if it’s raining or the weather is bad? Luckily, kayaking is already a water sport, so we do paddle in rain. Rarely do we cancel a trip, unless conditions are extreme, in which we will reschedule your trip. How long will we be paddling? You can expect: Half day trips: 1.5-2 hrs Full day trips: 4 hrs Multi day trips: 2-2.5hrs before and after lunch Are there bathrooms? The are bathrooms available at the launch and lunch sites of all half and full day tours. Bathrooms are available at all campsites for multi-day tours. Are guide gratuities expected? Our guides strive to make each kayak expedition unique, fun, and safe for every client. We ensure that our guides are efficient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. If you feel your guide did an exceptional job and made your time on the water more enjoyable, feel free to express your thanks with a tip. Tipping is not expected, but it is greatly appreciated by your guides. General rule of thumb for the service industry is 10-15 percent. Are showers available? Unfortunately, there are no showers available at the campsites we use. On the positive side, if you’ve never kayaked before you’ll be pleasantly surprised that you do not get as dirty and sweaty as you would backpacking. There are public showers located in Friday Harbor at the end of the trip. What are the camping facilities like? We camp on various islands in the San Juan archipelago that are accessible only by boat. Our campsites are usually beautiful waterfront sites. The campsites are administered by the Washington State Parks Department. All the sites have picnic tables, fire pits, potable water and outhouses. I’m traveling solo….How does that work if I come by myself? Our kayak groups typically include a mixture of both solo guests and groups of 2 or more. We’ll pair you up for paddling with another single guest or if there is an odd number of people on the trip you may paddle with one of our kayak guides. Solo travelers will always be provided their own tent on overnight trips. What is the average group size of your kayak trips? On average our group sizes tend to be around 6 – 7 guests per tour. On our day trips if we get above 9 participants we will add another guide and start another trip. On our overnight tours if we get more than 9 guests we will add another guide. We won’t take out more than 12 guests (6 doubles) on our overnight tours. The exception to this is our custom tours where we can take larger numbers of groups for special events such as school groups, corporate functions, wedding parties, reunions or whatever the occasion. What sort of things will I learn about the area ecology and wildlife? One of our primary goals is to raise awareness about the unique character and importance of the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands. The breadth of knowledge held by the diverse staff ranges from marine biology, zoology, and geology, to environmental science, policy, and education. Their colorful experiences and backgrounds combined with their own outdoor play, overseas travel and work make them amazing naturalists and just plain good company! What kind of wildlife will we see on a San Juan Islands sea kayak trip? It may be easier to list what you won’t see. Some of the more common wildlife sightings include minke whales, orcas, humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises, harbor porpoises, harbor seals, stellar sea lions, and river otters. In terms of birds, the San Juans are host to the second largest breeding population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states. Other birds include loons, belted kingfishers, harlequin ducks, various alcids, and a host of others. Occasionally we have sightings of gray whales, elephant seals and California sea lions. When is the best time to see whales in the San Juan Islands? The Southern Resident orcas are the only orcas listed at as endangered in the world and currently number less than 80 among the J, K, and L pods. They are generally found in the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands between May and October when salmon, their primary prey, come from the ocean to spawn in the rivers that feed into the Salish Sea. The Southern Residents favor the west side of San Juan Island, where we launch the majority of our kayak tours; therefore, we usually have a good chance of seeing them on any of our trips during the summer months. We strive to provide a fantastic kayak experience and consider orca whales to be the “icing” on an already amazing cake of adventure and natural beauty. Please remember that these endangered animals have a large territory to cover, a limited food supply, and have suffered a huge decline in their population over the last century. We try not to give them too much flak if they don’t show up on cue. When is the best time of year for kayaking in the San Juan Islands? We run our tours May-September to highlight the best weather and migratory wildlife of the San Juan Islands. July and August welcome the most tourists. We recommend the shouldering months for those trying to avoid the crowds and boat traffic, and who open to more variable weather.