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. Available for ages 6 and up (children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult).
Our passionate, certified 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, awaits you during this unique two-hour kayak trip that is perfect for singles, couples, groups, and families.
Tours run from Tuesday through Sunday during the summer – starting at 9am, 11am, 3pm, and 6pm. Whether you want to go for a quiet morning paddle or watch the sun set behind the history Yaquina Bay bridge, we'll help you craft an unforgettable trip.
Our tours launch from the OBF BoathouseOBF 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.
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. We recommend the following items:
Sunglasses and/or a hat
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 BoathouseOBF 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 Chelsea Rose seafood barge). Walk past the sailboats and we're the first boathouse that you come upon.
Parking is available at the Port of Newport lot, and on SE 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.
Prior to participating in one of our tours or programs, we'll need to have a liability waiver form signed for each participant.
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.
We introduce our adventurers to kayaking and sailing through meticulously planned education programs.
Knowledgeable & Friendly
Had an absolute blast with these young guides! They were knowledgeable, and friendly. Got to learn about Newport's commercial fishing fleet, and more. Great, and fun experience all around. And a great opportunity to support a local nonprofit focused on young adult education.
Great Kayak Tour
The guided kayak tour was a lot of fun! It was such a great way to experience Yaquina Bay, and getting up close to the fishing boats and sea lions was really cool. I need more of that in my life.
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!
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!
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.
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.