Join the Bioluminescence Kayak Tour and experience the natural lights from the depths of the ocean.
The San Juan Islands of Washington State have significant tidal exchanges that create swift currents and ocean upwellings. These upwellings yield highly nutrient rich bodies of water, creating an environment with a wide diversity of microorganisms. Some of these microorganisms are bioluminescent, creating their own light.
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.
Bioluminescence is the emission of light by a living organism. In the San Juan Islands this organism is a marine dinoflagellate (a flagellated protist), called Noctiluca. When disturbed, noctiluca emits a sparkling green burst of light. When many bioluminescent organisms congregate 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 kayaks 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.
- Book in advance, we operate only one tour each 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.
|Style:||Beauty & Fascination|
|Location:||San Juan Island|
|Activity:||No Experience Required|
|Restriction:||12 Years Min / 250 Pounds Max|
|June 8, 2018 - June 17, 2018|
|July 7, 2018 - July 17, 2018|
|August 7, 2018 - August 15, 2018|
|September 5, 2018 - September 13, 2018|