Kayaking through the many waters, bays, and aquatic nooks that Newport Beach has to offer is one of the greatest ways to explore the area. Join an interesting guided tour or rent kayaks to venture out on your own. Newport Beach is home to one of the largest remaining sanctuaries in Southern California, the Upper Newport Back Bay. The bay is Orange County’s hidden gem and offers visitors a relaxing and unique alternative to exploring the salty marsh area. It is home to rare birds and many endangered species.
The Newport Bay Conservancy has partnered with the Newport Aquatic Center to offer a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Upper Newport Back Bay Ecological Reserve. A naturalist will discuss the bay’s history, the native vegetation, birds, animals, and marine life. The kayak tours welcome both novice and experienced paddlers. Tours are available every Saturday and Sunday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. year-round. Reserve your spot for a tour online.
If you are interested in freely kayaking at your own pace and direction, Newport Beach has countless other kayak and paddleboard rental venues:
- Balboa Fun Tours
- Island Paddle Board
- Just Paddle
- Newport Aquatic Center
- Newport Fun Tours
- Paddle Power
- Southwind Kayak Center Rental Base
- The SUP Spot
- Wayward Captain Watersports
Here are a few spots to launch your kayak:
- Arch Rock toward Crystal Cove
- Balboa Island
- Balboa Peninsula
- Corona del Mar Beach
- Lido Isle
- Upper Newport Bay
Ayres Hotel & Suites Costa Mesa-Newport Beach offers accommodations nearest to the city’s most scenic kayak rides.