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Not even Tinker Bell can compete with the trail of stardust you’ll leave in your wake while paddling…

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Not even Tinker Bell can compete with the trail of stardust you’ll leave in your wake while paddling the pristine waters of Tomales Bay in Point Reyes. The next several weeks here are a great time for seeing the glittering display of plankton glowing on the water’s surface, officially known as bioluminescence.

A three-hour tour with Blue Waters Kayaking will put you in the center of this enchanting scenery. Get into a double kayak and follow trained wilderness guides through the tranquil bay as the sun sets. Then, in the shadows of the shores, the experience begins: it may look like fairy dust streaking through the water, but the neon lights actually come from dinoflagellates, tiny plankton that glow as a form of protection from predators.

The bluish-white light they emit is activated by movement, which means dipping your hands or paddle into the bay will set off a sparkly reaction. Paddle through the night, learning about the land and the glowing creatures, and watching the stars shine above and the plankton shimmer below. Magical.

Blue Waters operates bioluminescence tours on darker nights until waters become too cold. Check the calendar for upcoming voyages. No dogs.

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