“fantastic kayaking experience and dinner on the dunes... the bay in the evening is a magical place!”
My wife and I got a kayaking trip / dinner on the dunes as a wedding present. We were there mid-october, on a weekend-day, with two other couples. We showed up a bit before 4pm, when our tour was supposed to begin. We signed the usual release forms and Ken took some time to give us pointers as to how to Kayak for first-timers. The bay has few currents, but is overall easy to kayak - I'd recommend a tandem kayak if this is your first time (rear person steers),.
15 minutes later, we were on the water, admiring the abundant wildlife... saw cormorans, pelicans, blue herons (and many other birds), harbor seals!
*Guide: Ken was very nice and very knowledgeable - which is a big plus in this kind of environment. The bay is in reality really shallow and it takes some serious navigation skills to avoid places where kayaks could get stuck. He was very approachable and answered all our questions regarding safety, how-to kayak, wildlife questions and had some awesome stories regarding the peregrine falcons on the rock (make sure you ask!).
*Gear: Kayaks are obviously not the latest models but they are sturdy, light enough, and maneuverable for begginers. We were also provided dry bags in various sizes to keep our gear dry (advice: don't take too much with you... binoculars and cameras are a must!). There were also 'water proof' blankets to keep on your knees.
*Dinner: This was fantastic food. Forget your good ol' cold dry camping food. We had amazing salads, artisan bread, hummus, etc.... and freshly grilled (that's right... grilled... they brought a bbq!) veggies, sausages (and veggie patties - make sure you ask for veggie options). We even had dessert. As far as drinks go, there were brews, local wines, and soft drinks (inc. water).
*Dunes: truly pristine place. most of the dunes are protected because of nesting areas, but there's still a whole lot to see. We were there for sunset... beautiful colors!
Overall, the kayaking experience was great! We made it back to the Marina when it was dark and kayaking on the bay, at night, is a truly magical thing to do...
Highly recommended outfitters - fantastic experience. Treat yourself and go for the late afternoon kayaking / dinner on the dune experience.
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