One of the best ways to appreciate Upper Newport Bay is to get out on the water, experience the tranquility and see pelicans, terns and egrets flying by you. And if your eyes are quick, catch a glimpse of mullet jumping out of the water. Kayaking or canoeing in the Newport Beach Back Bay is fun and easy.
The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a 2-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay in the heart of Newport Beach every Saturday and Sunday morning year-round. Kayak tours are conducted in partnership with the Newport Aquatic Center. Tours leave from the Newport Aquatic Center at 10:00 am. They are great for both novices and experienced paddlers alike. Cost is $25.00 per person, eight and older. The cost includes the rental of the kayak and a Naturalist guide.
Our trained Naturalists have been conducting water tours here at the Back Bay for twenty years. They begin with a quick lesson on how to paddle and then lead the participants into the Ecological Reserve. They make several stops where they discuss various aspects of the ecology and wildlife of the Bay.
Each tour is unique with startling differences in the birds and other wildlife seen depending on the season and the state of the tide. In summer the open-water skimmers and terns that come here to nest predominate. In winter there is a huge abundance and diversity of shorebirds, ducks and grebes that have migrated from Canada and Alaska. Most participants think that the winter kayak tours are actually the best!
Reservations are required. To book a tour, please call (949) 923-2269 from Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The number of participants on each kayak tour is limited in order to make the experience as enjoyable as possible. Walk-ons are possible, but can not be guaranteed. Bring sun protection, hat and/or sunglasses, even in winter, and be prepared to get wet from the knees down as kayaks are pushed off into the water from the shore.
Visit the Newport Aquatic Center for information on non-guided hourly rentals of stand-up paddle boards or kayaks.