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! We have Double and Single kayaks, allowing beginners and experienced kayakers to enjoy this amazing experience!
Offered every Friday and Saturday night and other evenings by request with four or more paddlers!
Best Dates when it is darkest (No MOON) 2018
Stargazing from our floating planetarium & Bioluminescent Night Paddles!
Offered every Friday and Saturday
Offered any night with 4 or more paddlers! (check for availability)
Tour: approx. 2 1/2-3 hours $65
June 1 - 14: Dark/no moon! Best Bioluminescence!
June 30-July 14 Dark/no moon! Best Bioluminescence!
Aug 1- Aug 12 Dark/no moon! Best Bioluminescence!
Aug 28- Sept 11 Dark/no moon! Best Bioluminescence!
Sept 5-9 ACADIA NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL! DARK NO MOON!
Sept 27-Oct 12, Dark/no moon! Best Bioluminescence!
Other Nighttime Spectacular Event Paddles!
June 21: SUMMER SOLSTICE! FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!! LONGEST DAY OF YEAR! 8-11pm Paddle!
June 24 Saturn at its closest approach to earth!
See rings and moons! /Moon will be spectacular too!
July 12-Aug 23: Delta Aquarids Meteor Showers (We will enjoy these throughout the summer!)
July 28 & 29 Delta Aquarids PEAK!!!
July 20-27: Mars at opposition visible in night sky! July 27 closest to earth
Aug 11-15 Perseid Meteor Showers! Peaking on 8/11-8/15
Sept 9 Neptune visible in night sky!!!
Sept 22: Autumnal Equinox, Shortest day of the year 5:30-8:30pm Moonrise/sunset Spectacular
October 6-10 Draconid Meteor Showers (originating from Draco the Dragon, circumpolar Constellation!)
Best Dates for Moonlit Paddles!
(We will enjoy the moonlight but will also seek out the bioluminescence in the shadows of the moon!)
May 21-28: Moonlit Night Paddles
June 19-26: Moonlit Night Paddles
July 18-25: Moonlit Night Paddles
Aug 15-23: Moonlit Night Paddles
Sept 14-21: Moonlit Night Paddles
Full Moon Paddles (Moonlight Paddles!)
(We’ll be dancing in the moonlight!)
May 29, 30, 31: FULL MOON PADDLE Sunset/Moonrise
June 26, 27, 28, FULL MOON PADDLE!Sunset/Moonrise
July 26, 27, 28: FULL MOON PADDLE!Sunset/Moonrise
Aug 24, 25, 26: FULL MOON PADDLE! Sunset/Moonrise
Sept 23, 24, 25 : FULL MOON PADDLE! Sunset/Moonrise