Holiday Kayak~Lighted Boats, Tidepools and Warm Cider!

(Half Moon Bay area)

December 12TH $85

2:00pm -6:30pm

Beginners Welcomed

Join the naturalist of Blue Water Ventures for a great day on the water. Launching from Pillar Point Harbor, we'll have a leisurely paddle through the protected and scenic harbor. Cormorants, pelicans, terns and harbor seals join us for our afternoon paddle. Across the harbor we can explore the intertidal world at a minus tide and have a picnic before paddling back. This area is adjacent to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, both offering outstanding intertidal exploration. Winter sunsets can really be spectacular when experienced from a kayak! Great trip for beginners and those interested in coastal ecology. 

After exploring the tidepools, we'll offer hot cider. You may bring a small amount of wine and snacks to enjoy before kayaking back to the launch area. Pillar Point's yearly Lighted Boat Celebration may be underway as we approach the harbor making for an incredible way to end our day on the water.

Dear Kayakers:

I would like to welcome you to our Holiday Kayak~Lighted Boats and Tidepools

Pillar Point Harbor offers a protected bay for kayaking and easy access to the superb tide pools adjacent to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.


Refunds are given when cancellations are made at least 10 days in advance of trip date. This amount includes a naturalist-led kayaking trip, guided beach hike, a hearty soup, bread and cider!



On your kayaking trip, please join our naturalists as we explore this rich beach zone. Tandem style closed deck sea kayaks are used which are very stable and easy to paddle. We will be stopping on shore for a picnic and tidepooling so bring something to snack on.  This trip is appropiate for beginners and/or people intrigued by the natural history of our coast.

Plan on meeting at the Pillar Point Public Launch Ramp in El Granada, just a few miles north of Half Moon Bay at 2:00pm on December 12th. We plan to be off the water by 6:15pm and wrapping up by 6:30pm

From Highway 92 in Half Moon Bay, head north on Highway One and take a left onto Capistrano Road which is across the street from Half Moon Bay Sushi (10151 Cabrillo Hwy N in El Granada). Take your first left into Pillar Point Harbor and continue straight through one stop sign to the public launch area at the very end of the road. You will pass by the Half Moon Bay Kayak Company on the right, continue until you reach the end of the road where there is a bathroom facility and launch area. You may check in with us first and then park your car on the bluffs above the harbor in the public parking area for boaters. Be sure to park in a space designated for car rather than a car~trailer combination.

As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions I can offer:

* Dress in layers -- medium-rated fleece, capilene, or wool are good insulators; bring a warm top that can be put on as evening  approaches; a thin layer of capilene or silk  long  sleeve  underwear are a nice addition, but any longsleeve  undershirt will do.
* Long pants
-- quick drying nylon or fleece work well; you will be in a closed deck boats and will stay pretty dry ; sweat pants are ok too.
* Wind breaker or paddling jacket
* Footgear - tennis shoes, Teva type sandals or wet suit booties -- any style is fine; they will get wet or sandy as we launch
* Pair of gloves--paddling gloves or pair of fleece gloves (optional)
* Fleece or wool cap
* Sun glasses (or prescription glasses) attached with a leash
* Binoculars and camera in waterproof bag (use at your own risk)
* Water bottle
* Snacks for our picnic on shore to supplement the soup provided.

* Flashlight or headlamp
* Change of clothes for ride home

* Face Mask ans hand sanitizer

That covers the logistics for our Kayaking Adventure! Release forms will be discussed and signed before we launch or you may download, print and sign here: waiver and bring with you.

Very Sincerely,

Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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