Do you take kids?

Yes, we love to take kids kayaking, hiking, and paddleboarding!

  • For day-time kayaking trips & for anyone using rental kayaks or paddleboards,  children must be at least 8 years old and weigh at least 60lbs.
  • For night-time trips, children must be 12 years old and weigh at least 90lbs.

We can sometimes make special arrangements for private outings—please call to inquire.

Is sea kayaking safe for my family?
Sea kayaking with a professional and experienced guide is very safe. We use double kayaks that accommodate two people and are very stable. It is extremely rare for one to tip over. If it does, you end up in the water next to the boat, and your guides will help you back inside. Your guides are always at hand. They have in-depth experience and knowledge in group management and risk assessment. They are certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. We do have minimum ages for our tours.
Do we have to know how to sea kayak or swim?

No.  It is not necessary to know how to sea kayak or swim to enjoy your time and to be safe during any of our tours.  Your professional and experienced guides will provide you with basic paddling information and techniques before we launch our kayaks.  All participants are required to wear a PFD (life jacket) which will keep you afloat if you happen to enter the water.  PFDs are also perfect to wear during an afternoon swim in the bay while enjoying a camping trip.

What do we need to bring with us for camping trips?

For all guided trips, PRO will provide you with:

  • experienced guides
  • sea kayaks & kayaking gear (including spray jackets & spray skirts)
  • camp stoves & fuel, pots/pans, cooking utensils
  • firewood, if we receive a fire permit (fire permits are issued day-of, never in advance)
  • tents IF REQUESTED (or you can bring your own)
  • National Park Service camping permit

You provide:

  • sleeping bag & sleeping pad
  • personal items (clothes, toiletries, etc.)
  • all food & water you need for the weekend
  • mess kits (dishes & utensils for personal use)

You will receive a “Recommended Gear List ” when you call to make your reservation. You will also be given suggestions on how to pack efficiently.

Are there bathroom facilities?

Yes, there are bathrooms at the launch site and at the camping area. Dependent on the beach we select to camp on, the bathroom facility is either pit toilets or a Leave No Trace mock-toilet system.  

Will we paddle and camp in foul weather?

Kayaking is still incredibly fun even on overcast and foggy days, with light wind, or with light rain. Mother Nature always has some wonderful surprises in store for us. But if weather conditions make the trip unsafe, PRO will reschedule the trip for another location or time. If rescheduling or relocating the trip is not possible, PRO will cancel the trip and you will receive a refund. Camping Permit fees are non-refundable.

 

What about the food?

On all of our camping trips, the kitchen, water, and food are carried in our kayaks for low- to no-impact on our natural environment. We will provide the kitchen equipment (camp stoves & fuel, pots/pans, & cooking utensils) on all trips.

FOR PUBLIC TRIPS (those listed on the calendar on our website):

Campers bring all their own food and water. 

For two-day (one night overnight) trips this means:

  • a bag lunch for the first day (something ready-to-eat that does not need to be heated)
  • dinner for the first day
  • breakfast for the second day
  • snacks

FOR PRIVATE TRIPS (scheduled specifically for your family or group):

Campers can opt to provide their own food or PRO can make all the arrangements.

If you’d like us to take care of meals, our guides will prepare wonderful meals and snacks on the beach, and we can accommodate any food restrictions or special dietary requirements. If you have a favorite food or snack that you just can’t live without, you may want to bring an extra stash, just in case.

What kind of wildlife will we see in the bay?

Tomales Bay and the Point Reyes National Seashore are fantastic habitats for harbor seals, moon jellies, egrets, osprey, leopard sharks, bat rays, pelicans, barnacles, and sea stars, which all live in and around the bay.  Your naturalist guides will teach your family all about this unique natural landscape. Your adventure will include the thrill of floating over and discovering the living creatures that share this watery home.

Isn’t Tomales Bay a breeding ground for great white sharks?

 Great white sharks are found along the California coast, especially near the Farallon Islands and the outer coast. This area is highly populated by marine mammals – elephant seals, harbor seals, and sea lions.  But great white sharks like deep, cold, clear water that is teaming with life; there are no great white sharks inside of Tomales Bay. Tomales Bay is very shallow (on average between 10-12 feet), far too warm, and does not have enough of their favorite foods to make it worth the trouble to enter the narrow mouth of the bay.  Great white sharks stay out on the coast where they can fish to their hearts’ content.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions, but if you have a question about one of our activities and don’t see the answer here, please call us: 415-663-8192 or email us: info@pointresyesoutdoors.com and we will be happy to provide you with the information you need.