Back Bay Guided Kayak Tours

Orange County’s Hidden Gem ~ Come Visit the Upper Newport Back Bay

As the largest remaining estuary in Southern California the bay offers a relaxing, family friendly and unique alternative to the typical OC tourist destination. The Back Bay is a salt marsh estuary that is home to many birds and several endangered species. The guide will discuss the history of the bay, and the native plants, birds, animals and marine life.

The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a 2-hour guided kayak tour through the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve with a Naturalist every Saturday and Sunday morning year-round. Kayak tours are conducted in partnership with the Newport Aquatic Center. They are great for both novices and experienced paddlers alike.

  Newport Bay Conservancy web site

Online Reservations for Weekend Kayak Tour

Dates: Every Sat. and Sun.
Time: 10am -12pm
Cost: $25.00 per person, eight and older.

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NAC Hours

Member Hours

Mon - Thurs: 6AM to 8PM
Fri: 6AM to 7PM
Last Boats / SUP's OUT @ 5PM
All Boats / SUP's DUE BACK @ 6PM
Saturday & Sunday: 6AM to 6PM
Last Boats / SUP's OUT @ 4PM
All Boats / SUP's DUE BACK @ 5PM

NAC Holiday Hours





Holiday Hours


  • Open New Year's Eve until 12 noon

  • CLOSED New Year's Day

  • Open the 4th of July till 3pm

  • CLOSED Thanksgiving Day

  • Open Christmas Eve until 12 noon

  • CLOSED Christmas Day

Contact Us

Newport Aquatic Center
1 White Cliffs Dr.

Newport Beach, CA 92660 



Phone: (949) 646-7725


Fax: (949) 646-8398
admin@newportaquaticcenter.com
Any bookkeeping Questions: bookkeeping@newportaquaticcenter.com
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