To enhance your nature experience, spend time with local outdoor enthusiasts. Professional guides share their passion for nature on guided exploration of trails and waterways.
Bandon is a sweet spot for nature exploration says nature guide Marty Giles, owner of Wavecrest Discoveries.
“In an hour, you can be hiking in a wilderness area. In an hour, you can be hiking in the Oregon dunes,” said Giles.
Easy outdoor access makes it possible for couples (or groups) to choose their own adventure– one may take a beach walk while the other paddles the Coquille River. Varied habitats and microclimates are just a short excursion from town, by car or on foot.
In Bandon, Giles leads beach and marsh walks or takes groups crabbing on the Coquille River waterfront. Many of her clients arrive with some knowledge of birding or wildlife topics and wrap their outing ready to continue exploring on their own. And, when groups finish their nature tours, they can take advantage of Old Town shops and restaurants.
“In Bandon, you go shopping, hit the bookstore and the chocolate shop. What more could you ask for?” she said.
Walks, hikes, kayak and boat tours are available for groups large and small. Ask a guide to help you connect with Bandon’s natural wonder!
Coos Boat Tours provides guided history and nature tours of the Coquille River. Meet “Captain” Brian Kraynik at the Bandon waterfront, and board the O’Flynn for a two-hour cruise along Bandon’s earliest highway. Reservations are available online at coosboattours.com, or phone 541-999-6575.
Pineapple Express Adventure Tours caters to cyclists. Book a beach or trail cycling tour; rent or purchase cycling gear, or get help with repairs. Contact Pineapple Express for appointments, by phone 772-633-7385, or on the web pineappleexpress.bike.
South Coast Tours introduces outdoor enthusiasts to guided adventures on the Southern Oregon Coast– from casual kayaking to epic whale-watching boat rides. Owner Dave Lacey invites groups to customize outings with hiking, cycling, or water sports. Make reservations online at southcoasttours.net, or call 541-373-0487.
Wavecrest Discoveries customizes walks, hikes, and kayak or canoe outings for all ages. Guide Marty Giles designs nature-based activities to stimulate the mind and refresh the spirit. For reservations, visit wavecrestdiscoveries.com, or call 541-267-4027.
Read more about nature exploration for all ages on our Birding page.
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Bank fishing photo by Susan Dimock Photography, courtesy of Oregon Coast Visitors Association; wooded walk photo courtesy of OCVA; O’Flynn photo courtesy of Coos Boat Tours. Article by Geneva Miller.