Best Romantic Date for Outdoorsy Types

Full Moon Paddles

You haven't seen the bay till you've seen it by moonlight -- in a kayak, wearing a life jacket, paddling with your sweetie. Dappled waves, starry skies, illuminated bridges, the stray egret or blue heron: These are just a few of the sights you're likely to encounter at the Full Moon Paddles offered by UCSF's Outdoors Unlimited and UC Berkeley's Cal Adventures. Even if you're not a seasoned skipper, these nautical adventures beat the typical dinner and a movie. The guided sea kayak tours test your date's ability to handle rough waters -- literally. The bay can get a bit choppy after dark, but the instructors make safety a priority. (During one ride, it took guides less than 30 seconds to fish a sheepish kayaker out of the drink.) The Berkeley trips feature nighttime views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the moon rising over the East Bay hills ($35-45), while Outdoors Unlimited's expeditions tour the Sausalito waterfront ($42-60). No prior kayaking experience is necessary and beginners are welcome: Tours start with a quick lesson on basic paddling techniques.

Details

Cal Adventures, UC Aquatic Center, Berkeley Marina, 100 University (near Seawall), (510) 642-4000, www.oski.org

Outdoors Unlimited, 500 Parnassus (at Third Avenue), 476-2078, www.outdoors.ucsf.edu/ou

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