Newport Kayak Tours

Due to Covid-19, we are unable to operate our programs safely during the summer of 2020. We appreciate your understanding, and hope to see you in 2021 when we reopen. Please consider buying a gift card, or making a donation support our organization during these uncertain times.

Due to Covid-19, we are unable to operate our programs safely during the summer of 2020. We appreciate your understanding, and hope to see you in 2021 when we reopen. Please consider buying a gift card, or making a donation support our organization during these uncertain times.

Experience the Historic Newport Bayfront

The perfect adventure for your family vacation at the Oregon Coast. Our guided kayak tours offer an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife, fishing community, and landmarks of Yaquina Bay and the Newport Bayfront. No experience is necessary, and all paddle gear is provided (pants, jackets, life jackets). Available for ages 6 and up (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult).

Our passionate, highly-trained guides will introduce you to the fishing fleet that brings in more fresh seafood than any other port on the West Coast. Wildlife, including sea lions, harbor seals, eagles, and so much more await you during this unique two-hour kayak trip that is perfect for singles, couples, groups, and families.

Our 2-hour tours run from Tuesday through Sunday during the summer – starting at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm. Whether you want to go for a quiet morning paddle or watch the sun set behind the historic Yaquina Bay bridge, we'll help you craft an unforgettable trip.

Our tours launch from the OBF Boathouse located at Port Dock 7 in Newport, Oregon. Please plan on arriving 20 minutes before your scheduled tour to maximize your time on the water. We look forward to taking you on a memorable adventure during your next vacation to Newport and the Oregon Coast.

Did you know that all proceeds from our kayak tours help support our other programs, such as youth camps, kayak classes, and free family boating events? That's right, by enjoying a couple of hours kayaking in Yaquina Bay, you'll help us ensure that everyone has access to safe, affordable boating activites and education.


We'll be back in 2021! Please consider buying a gift certificate to support our organzation during these uncertain times.

What To Bring & Wear

Our guided kayak tours run "rain or shine", so you'll want to be prepared for the conditions on the day of your tour. Your feet will definitely get a little wet. Paddle jackets and pants are provided (in limited sizes). We recommend the following items:

  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses and/or a hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Quick dry clothing (cotton is not recommended)
  • Extra layers (a windbreaker or rain jacket/pants)
  • Footwear that can get wet
  • Waterproof case for your smartphone and/or camera
  • Gratuity for your guide (optional, but appreciated!)

How To Find Us

Our tours launch from the OBF Boathouse located at Port Dock 7 in Newport, Oregon. Parking is available at the Port of Newport, with additional on-street parking on SE Bay Blvd. Please remember that Newport is a working port, so we ask that you be respectful and park closest to the street so that the fishermen who work at Port Dock 7 have priority access.

Once you have arrived, to get to the OBF Boathouse simply go down the access ramp to the docks, and take an immediate left at the bottom of the ramp (at the seafood barge). Walk past the sailboats and we're the first boathouse that you come upon.

Driving Directions Parking Map

Parking Map

Parking is available at the Port of Newport lot at 600 SE Bay Blvd, and also on Bay Blvd. To get to the boathouse, turn left at the bottom of the ramp to Port Dock 7, and we're the first boathouse you come upon on your left.

Parking Map


Prior to participating in one of our tours or programs, we'll need to have a liability waiver form signed for each participant.

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Cancellation Policy

We require at least 24 hours cancellation notice prior to your scheduled tour, or we cannot provide a refund. Our tours require at least 3 participants. If your scheduled tour is canceled, we'll notify you at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour.

All of our tours are weather dependent, and may be cancelled due to inclement weather or other unsafe conditions. If your scheduled tour is cancelled due to weather or safety concerns, you'll receive a full refund.

Why Us?

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  • Wendy Peone

    Favorite Experience in Newport!

    We've been visiting Newport for years, but the kayak tour definitely topped the list as THE FAVORITE experience we've ever had. Chessie and Brian guided us with a relaxed and easy manner. We'd never kayaked before, but we are going to take up a new hobby. If you get a chance to do this, do it!! You won't regret it!



    Our kayaking adventure was awesome! The loading 'docks' for the kayaks made getting in and out so easy. The instructions were great on how to kayak and they had all the equipment you needed to stay dry if you wanted. Great views and information passed along as we went. Loved it!

  • Jess Thomas

    Amazing Opportunity!

    We live in a small town, and I had no idea my children would be able to have experiences that people in larger cities dream of having. They have had knowledgeable and kind instructors. I have never worried about my children when they were in the care of OBF instructors. Thanks for this incredible opportunity!

    Cindy Thomas
    Michelle Schaffer

    Incredible Program!

    My son has not only learned skills to last him a lifetime but he has had fun doing it. He has made lasting friendships, developed confidence on the water and most importantly knows how to be safe. There is no better place to learn to sail or kayak and no better people to do it with!

    Michelle Schaffer
  • Kristina

    Top Notch!

    The equipment and introduction with check-in were top notch. Thank you for the experience and education on the various fishing boats and styles of the Newport harbor and the Yaquina Bay.


    I Felt Like a Star!

    I've only kayaked once before, but this experience has me hooked! We saw baby jelly fish, all sorts of diving birds, and Yaaaaassss Sea Lions!! They were out sun bathing, barking, and being generally adorable!! I couldn't believe how close we got! I felt like a star!

  • Andrea Langeliers

    Knowledgeable & Friendly!

    We had a wonderful time with Anya exploring Newport by water! Earlier is better because the wind often picks up in the afternoons! We live in Newport so having an activity in town was really awesome!

    Barbara H

    Nice Job!

    Friendly staff, went out with just one other couple who had never kayaked. Guide was very helpful to them. Gave a good narrative of some of the local buildings and boats. They supplied waterproof pants and tops if needed.

  • Ty Tabor


    I completed two sea kayak classes in 2017, and plan to attend another in 2018. I highly recommend the Oregon Boating Foundation, and my instructor Tom Murphy. You will be knowledgeable, confident, and competent when you're done.

    Ty Tabor
    Jason & Yoshimi Tomono-Duval

    Fun & Informative!

    Just prepare… these instructors will transfer their life-long love of water sport into your kids' mind! They are also seriously helpful for age appropriate skill development.

    Jason & Yoshimi Tomono-Duval

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