Bioluminescence Night Paddle Trips

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'sown Bioluminescent Bay with a unique ecosystem that creates the perfect environment for these glow in the dark phytoplankton to survive and multiply.We'll explore the constellations of the stars of the night sky as a floating planetarium, 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 Maine 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!

All necessary gear provided! * Children 10 and up welcome on night tours with a strong adult to paddle with them! Our kayaks comfortably accommodate most paddlers under 250lbs with a reasonable level of mobility and fitness. We use double kayaks on our night trips, allowing beginners and experienced kayakers to enjoy this amazing experience! We do encourage some prior paddling experience for your enhanced enjoyment. Check out our SPECIAL DAY AND NIGHT PADDLE PACKAGE with 15% off your night paddle when you paddle on a prior day trip! Contact us for discount code!


Best Dates for Best Bioluminescence 2020
when it is darkest (NO MOON)

Stargazing from our floating planetarium & Bioluminescent Night Paddles!
- Offered Nightly!
- Offered any night with 2 or more paddlers! (check for availability)
- Custom Group trips or privates available. Tour: approx. 2 1/2-3 hours $65 (* note additional cost durning Night Sky Festival!)

May 22- May 26: DARK NO MOON! Best Bioluminescence!
June 7- June 23: DARK NO MOON! Best Bioluminescence!
July 6-July 22: DARK NO MOON! Best Bioluminescence!
Aug 7-August 21: DARK NO MOON! Best Bioluminescence!
Sept 7 - Sept 20: DARK NO MOON! Best Bioluminescence!
October 7-Oct 17: DARK NO MOON! Best Bioluminescence!

Other Nighttime Spectacular Event Paddles!
JULY 4th: Fireworks Night time paddle! Experience the fireworks from your kayak!
July 4-5: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, join this late night event on the water!
July 14th: Jupiter at its closest approach to earth! See 4 of its moons and cloud bands along with stars!
July 12-Aug 23: Delta Aquarids Meteor Showers (We will enjoy these throughout the summer!)
July 28 & 29: Delta Aquarids METEOR SHOWERS PEAK!!!
Aug 11-15: Perseid Meteor Showers PEAK!!!
Sept 22: Autumnal Equinox, Shortest day of the year 5:30-8:30pm/Sunset/Bioluminescent paddle!
Oct 6-10: Draconid Meteor Showers/ PEAK Oct 7

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!)
May 27-June 6 : Moonlit Night Paddles
June 24-July 5 : Moonlit Night Paddles
July 23-Aug 6 : Moonlit Night Paddles
Aug 22- Sept 6 : Moonlit Night Paddles
Sept 21 - Oct 6: Moonlit Night Paddles

Full Moon Paddles (Moonlight Paddles!)
(We’ll be dancing in the moonlight!)
June 4, 5, 6: FULL MOON PADDLE! Sunset/Moonrise Sunday June 21 is Father’s Day!
July 3, 4, 5: FULL MOON PADDLE! Sunset/Moonrise
Aug 1, 2, 3, 4: FULL MOON PADDLE! Sunset/Moonrise
Sept 1, 2, 3 : FULL MOON PADDLE! Sunset/Moonrise
Oct 1, 2, 3 : FULL MOON PADDLE! Sunset/Moonrise