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These are great for those who don't have their own boats. I am considering doing some regular Full Moon ocean or harbor paddles as well. Comment here with interest etc.


Kayak Paddle under a shimmering full moon with expert guide, Danny Hough. In the Spring and Summer the paddle sets out into the pink layers of a setting sun over the glassy waters of the Upper Newport Back Bay in Newport Beach. It’s an easy paddle, even for 1st-timers and passes through a magnificent bird estuary.

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.

FYI: Even on COLD evenings, it is WARM once you’re on the water. Dress in layers.

RESERVATIONS: ~Advanced Paid Reservations required~
Newport Aquatic Center
1 White Cliffs Dr.

Newport Beach, CA 92660

Phone: (949) 646-7725

Fax: (949) 646-8398

Cost: $35.00 per person. Please call: Newport Aquatic Center 9 am – 5 pm. (Mon. thru Fri. ONLY to make a reservation.)

Full payment is required at time of reservation on Visa or Mastercard. Be sure of your dates. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS. If you cannot make your reservation we will try to switch you to another date or a gift certificate will be issued to you for that amount to be used at The NAC.

We reserve the right to cancel if there are less than 5 people signed up for a paddle date. If “WE” have to cancel a Paddle date we will offer to move you to another date or offer a refund.


May: 25th

June: 21st, 22nd, 23rd Full Moon largest of the year, 28th, 29th

July: 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th

Aug: 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th

Sept: 19th, Full Moon, 20th, 21st

Oct: 18th, Full Moon & Eclipse of the Moon, 19th

Time: Arrive at 7pm. NAC provides Paddle, PFD, glow sticks and lights.
Paddle is from 7:30 pm to around 10:00 pm

What to Wear/Bring:

• hat & headlamp(if you already have one)

• 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, or an athletic wicking/poly-T & short sleeve

• Windbreaker or LIGHT jacket (if you’re over-bundled, 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. Put your things in a plastic bag inside your backpack and wear it)

• Cash for drinks or snacks, Balboa Bars, Starbucks, hot chocolate, 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.