Maine's very own Bioluminescent Bay!
*Featured in DownEast Magazine Sept. 2004 !
*Yankee Magazine Editors Choice~Best Night Paddle 2013
Experience an unforgettable evening paddle in Castine Harbor under a blanket of stars and in the midst of bioluminescent organisms of the water that swirl and light up with every stroke of your paddle. Fascinating! Castine's Harbor is Maine's own Bioluminescent Bay with a unique ecosystem that creates the perfect environment for these glow in the dark phytoplankton to survive and multiply. In our unique "Floating Planetarium", we'll explore the constellations of the stars of the night sky immersed in the bioluminescent stars of the water!
We gather just prior to sunset and after getting outfitted with lifejackets, paddles and lights we head to the docks with our Registered/Licensed Maine Sea Kayak Guide for paddling instruction and then launch our kayaks into the calm mystical night waters of Castine's Bioluminescent Bay… as the light fades the water begins to glow! We provide: Kayak, Paddle, Lifejacket and Expert Maine Sea Kayak Guides as your leaders!!
This tour is best suited for folks with previous paddling experience, which we require along with a reasonable level of fitness to control and steer your craft and comfort with the water at night.
If you have never paddled or would benefit from more experience, we highly recommend joining us for a day trip to gain more comfort and enjoy our beautiful area before undertaking paddling at night.
We are offering a Special Sea Kayak Castine by Day and Night Combo Package: Paddle by day first and learn to maneuver your kayak efficiently with our guide's instruction making your night trip more relaxing and enjoyable! Book now and receive 20% off your kayaking combination (Booked together within the same day, week, month or summer!)
Children 10 and up welcome on night tours. Children 14 and under required to have a strong adult or full sized person to paddle with them!
Kayak Capacity: *Our high performance sea kayaks can comfortably accommodate most paddlers under 250lbs with a reasonable level of mobility and fitness (please check in with us ahead of time if you have concerns)
Best Dates for Best Bioluminescence 2021 when it is darkest (NO MOON) Stargazing from our floating planetarium & Bioluminescent Night Paddles!
Join us after the tour for an opportunity to use our complementary telescope and get an up close look at our wondrous night sky!
- Offered every Friday and Saturday 2 or more paddlers!
- Offered EVERY NIGHT with 4 or more paddlers! (check for availability)
- Custom Group trips or privates available.
Tour: approx. 2 1/2-3 hours $75 (**Except during the ACADIA NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL $85)
May 28 - June 11: DARK NO MOON! Best Bioluminescence! June 27 - July 10: DARK NO MOON! Best Bioluminescence! July 27th - August 9: DARK NO MOON! Best Bioluminescence! August 25 - September 8: DARK NO MOON! Best Bioluminescence! September 29 - October 6: ACADIA NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL! DARK NO MOON!
Other Nighttime Spectacular Event Paddles! June 20: SUMMER SOLSTICE! FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!! LONGEST DAY OF YEAR! 8-11pm Paddle! June 22-July 2: Bootids Meteor Shower, PEAK June 27 & 28! July 4: Fireworks Night time paddle! Experience the fireworks from your kayak! July 12-August 23: Delta Aquariads Meteor Shower, PEAK July 28 August 2: Saturn at its closest approach to Earth! Look through our telescope to see the beauty of Saturns’ rings! July 17-August 24: Perseid Meteor Shower, PEAK August 12, 13 and 14 August 19: Jupiter at its closest approach to Earth! See 4 of its moons and cloud bands September 14: Neptune at its closest approach to Earth! While still over 2 billion miles away, this blue giant will be visible through our telescope! September 22: Autumnal Equinox, shortest day of the year! October 6-10: Draconids Meteor Shower, PEAK 7-8
Best Dates for Moonlit Paddles!
(We will enjoy the beauty of the moonlight, learn about the craters and also seek out the bioluminescence in the shadows of the moon!) June 12-26: Moonlit Night Paddles July 11-26: Moonlit Night Paddles Aug 10-24: Moonlit Night Paddles Sept 9-22: Moonlit Night Paddles October 9-17: Moonlit Night Paddles
Full Moon Paddles (Moonlight Paddles!)
(We’ll be dancing in the moonlight!) June 23, 24, 25: FULL MOON PADDLE! Sunset/Moonrise July 22, 23, 24: FULL MOON PADDLE! Sunset/Moonrise August 21, 22, 23: FULL MOON PADDLE! Sunset/Moonrise September 19, 20, 21: FULL MOON PADDLE! Sunset/Moonrise