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Bioluminescence Kayak Tour
The Bioluminescence Kayak Tours offer guests the opportunity to experience one of nature’s amazing light shows.
The San Juan Islands of Washington State have good tidal exchanges that yield highly nutrient rich bodies of water, creating an environment with a wide diversity of microorganisms. Some of which are bioluminescent, create their own light.
Bioluminescence is the emission of light by a living organism. In the San Juan Islands the organism most commonly emit a nice green burst of light. When many bioluminescent organisms collect in bays the collective effect can be very dramatic.
We launch just before sunset to take advantage of the last bit of daylight and enjoy the rich colors as the sun drops below the horizon. As twilight fades to darkness green sparkles become noticeable throughout the water. Traveling close together we will pass through areas where the disturbance of paddles and kayak create long streaks of bright green on the surface of the water. Floating in shallow flats darting fish create a light show beneath the kayaks.
The main sources of bioluminescence in the San Juan’s is a dinoflagellate (a flagellated protist), Noctiluca. Noctiluca is a marine dinoflagellate common to our waters.
June: 26 – 30
July: 18th | 23rd (Call To Reserve) | 25 – 26
August: 17 -18 | 20 – 25
September: We will potentially add dates.
- Book in advance, we operate only one tour an evening during certain times of the year and only around new and small moon phases.
- Bring a headlamp.
- Please find lodging as you will be staying the night on the island due to our late return time.
- Eat dinner prior to the tour. Please do not consume alcohol before the kayak tour.
The above images are of images of Noctiluca through a microscope.
We are NOT located in San Juan Puerto Rico. We are in Washington State USA
When you make your reservation we will email you the time to meet at our shop in downtown Friday Harbor. You can also Contact Us for times of departure. Each departure time will be slightly different as it will be based on sunset and moon rise. You should eat dinner before the tour as the tour will not be over before in town establishments close.
Kids on Bioluminescence Kayak Tours
We have set the age limit at 12 years of age and up for this tour for various reasons. With our experience kids younger than 12 years age usually fall asleep well before we begin to see the bioluminescence and often become unhappy about being in the boats. If you would like to reserve a Bioluminescence Kayak Tour with kids less than 12 years of age, please contact us for information on a custom kayak tour.
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