Kayak or outrigger canoe paddle under a shimmering full moon with expert guide, Danny Hough. We sets out into the tide under pink layers of a setting sun over the glassy waters of the Balboa Back Bay in Newport Beach. It's an easy paddle, even for 1st-timers and passes through a magnificent bird estuary, and over Amsterdam-like canals lined with the quaint and more stunning homes on Balboa Islands. The area's wild life includes birds, sea lions, dolphins and more. If you're lucky, Danny "may" extend the evening by stopping for hot chocolate or frozen banana on the island. You'll then paddle back under moonlit waters.
Please note: we set out into the tide and come back with the tide, so we could be going into the back bay or towards the residential area of Balboa's Island.
In the winter, we enjoy an easy paddle under the glow ofBalboa Islands' holiday lights in which decked-out homes and watercraft of all sized compete in the legendary annual Holiday Parade. After a stop for hot chocolate or cookies and hot toddies, we return to the tranquil moonlit Back Bay.
Weak/concerned/younger and larger groups of paddlers go out on the steadier Hawaiian outrigger canoes. Privates, Couples, Parties, and Corporate Events inquire within. Contact: (714) 848-4909 Ages 8+ (there's even been an 80-year old previously), and all levels are welcome. However, if you have a medical condition or walking up a flight of stairs makes you short of breath, this is not for you. More info online.
FYI: Even on COLD winter evenings, it is WARM once you're on the water. Dress in layers.
What to Wear/Bring:
• cropped leggings or longer surf shorts (your knees may get dripped on) in winter: synthetic pants or cropped pants/leggings (you don't want heavy, wet jeans/cords etc.
• Long sleeve T-shirt (2 in winter), or an athletic wicking/poly-T & short sleeve
• Windbreaker or LIGHT jacket (if you're over-bundled, even in winter, you'll be too warm once you start paddling)
• Flip-flops or any shoe that can get dripped on is appropriate.
• A small dry bag (if you have one) or backpack to wear while paddling for snacks, clothes, beverages
(Your things at your feet will get sandy/wet on the canoe/outrigger, put your things in a plastic bag inside your backpack and wear it)
• Cash for gratuity to tip your guide if you enjoy yourself
• Cash for hot toddies, frozen bananas, Balboa Bars, Starbucks, hot chocolate or adult beverages etc.,
• A full change of DRY clothes (underwear, shoes - an entire cozy new outfit) to change into after.
***Even on very cold evenings, most paddlers end up too warm if they wear too much. Dress in layers. There are showers and lockers for changing after.