Bioluminescence Camping

Biouminescent kayak camping is an experience unlike anything else you will do in Point Reyes. This is an incredible way to experience camping in Marin with your family.

Camping on the northern shores of Tomales Bay is an excellent way to explore its cliffs and protected coves by kayak searching for seals, bat rays, elk and waterfowl. This incredible slice of Marin hosts spectacular biodiversity. Once the sun sets, you will be in the perfect location to observe bioluminescent plankton. 

Fish swimming past your boat are followed by a trail of light, and sometimes a seal or bird will make a splash, causing quite a display of color. Even your paddle strokes in the water will cause this plankton to “light up”, creating an unforgettable experience.

Cost : $196 per person for our 28 hour overnight trip

*Ask us about multiday pricing!

**Midweek discounts may be available

Trip includes:

  • Naturalist guides
  • Daytime & evening paddle excursions, suitable for every member of the family
  • Kayak gear and closed deck sea kayaks
  • Camping permits
  • Tents can be provided – bring your backpacking style tent if you wish – call us to check suitability
  • Full camp kitchen, cooking equipment, and firewood
  • Bring your own food & water, mess kit, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads

Bioluminescent plankton are present when the conditions are right. We are able to see dinoflagellates, small organisms that light up a brilliant blue-green when the water is disturbed. On a moonless night with the sun only a memory, the quiet darkness that surrounds us is the perfect viewing environment for the delicate light show put on by tiny organisms. Many people have heard about the magic of bioluminescence, but you can’t quite understand until you see it.

“Wait, What is it?” Bioluminescence is light produced by a chemical reaction in living things.  The chemical reaction releases energy as light.  It is similar to the reaction which occurs when you break a glow stick. The organisms you are most likely to see lighting up Tomales Bay in the evening are called dinoflagellates. These bioluminescent dinoflagellates are single celled plankton; with some animal characteristics like locomotion and some plant characteristics such as photosynthesis.

Read more about the magic of exploring this bioluminescent area via kayak HERE.

Your Guides
PRO takes pride in the quality and skill level of your guides. Impeccably trained, they bring a wealth of knowledge and proficiency to each trip. With expertise in group facilitation, natural history, wilderness first aid, and specialized kayak instruction, your guides are ready to provide you and your family with a safe, relaxing and enjoyable experience. As a trip’s success and safety depends on their judgment, we ask that you respect and support their decisions.

Gratuities are not included in the cost of the trip. There is no obligation to tip your guides but many people do. The industry standard is in the range of 10%; any amount will be greatly appreciated.



Call 415-663-8192 or INQUIRE for more information and to reserve