The waters surrounding Pillar Point near Half Moon Bay make a great daytime spectacle, but head out on them during a full-moon night and things get downright magical. Join Half Moon Bay Kayak Company for a full-moon paddle in the harbor’s protected water. Cruise north, sharing the sea with seals, bat rays, pelicans, and other marine life as the setting sun tints the sky pink. Your friendly guide will share local lore about marine life, the nearby iconic Maverick’s surfbreak, and the giant “golf ball” on the coast (a.k.a., Pillar Point Radar Station). Just as you reach the north end of the harbor, the moon will be rising, casting a deep glow that slowly morphs into a bright white light as it rises above the horizon. Keep an eye out for another light show beneath the surface, where frisky bioluminescent plankton glow with each dip of the paddle. Pure radiance!
Half Moon Bay Kayak Company, Pillar Point Harbor; 650-773-6101. The next moonlight paddle is July 15 followed by August 13. Point Harbor is off Highway 1, a few miles north of Half Moon Bay. After you turn onto Capistrano Dr., look to your left for the white tent filled with kayaks to find Half Moon Bay Kayak Co. The three-hour full-moon paddle is $70 per person.