5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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  • Location: Inverness, Marin County
  • Duration:  6 hours (approx.)
Dive deep into the ultimate oyster experience! On your behind-the-scenes tours of three famous West Marin oyster farms -- Drakes Bay Oyster Company, Tomales Bay Oyster Company and Hog Island Oyster Company -- sample a variety of oysters and see how they're grown. Stop by Saltwater Oyster Depot for baked oysters paired with wine, and enjoy a picnic lunch on the shores of beautiful Drakes Estero. You'll be treated to gorgeous scenery, delicious food and informative commentary throughout your small-group tour, limited to seven people to ensure a more personalized experience.


  • Tour behind the scenes of three famous West Marin oyster farms
  • Visit Drakes Bay Oyster Company, Tomales Bay Oyster Company and Hog Island Oyster Company
  • Savor a variety of oysters at each location, as well as baked oysters paired with wine at Saltwater Oyster Depot
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch on the shores of Drakes Estero
  • All tastings and non-alcoholic drinks included
  • Small-group tour limited to seven people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you love oysters, it doesn't get better than this! Super-fresh, straight from the farms that you get to visit. You'll learn a lot about your favorite mollusk on this tour.

What You Can Expect

Marin County Oyster Farm Tour and Tasting

Go Behind the Scenes and See Oyster Planting, Sorting and Shucking

Your tour starts at 11:15am at Blackbird Coffee House, where you’ll enjoy pastries from Bovine Bakery and receive a brief history of West Marin’s oysters from your knowledgeable local guide.

Then, hop in your 7-passenger van and head to three famous West Marin oyster farms, admiring the gorgeous scenery along the way. At each farm you visit, savor several oysters fresh and raw and take a behind-the-scenes tour to get an insider’s look at what it takes to cultivate the perfect oyster.

Your first stop is Drakes Bay Oyster Company. After your tour and oyster tastings here, head to the shores of beautiful Drakes Estero to enjoy a lovely picnic lunch (sample menu in Itinerary below).

Then, head to Tomales Bay Oyster Company and Hog Island Oyster Company for more guided tours and tastings. Finally, stop by Saltwater Oyster Depot to sample a selection of baked oysters perfectly paired with a glass of wine.

Your Marin oyster tour ends back at Blackbird Coffee House around 5pm, and you’ll be given a complimentary tote bag and magnet to commemorate this experience.


Sample Lunch Menu

Brickmaiden breads
Marin French Cheese Company’s signature Triple Crème Brie
Marin Sun Farms ham
Bovine Bakery cookies
Selection of fruits and nuts

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Excellent tour,informative,fun,always interesting and never dull.Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and kept us interested throughout the trip. Needless to say the oysters were the highlight of the trip along with the hand selected cheeses,bread,pastries,and spreads at the picnic lunch. My favorite experience was learning how to shuck an oyster. Jim and Lori Las Vegas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Truly amazing. It was an awesome tour. Our guide was knowledgable, friendly and had great insight into the area. The oysters were amazing. The picnic lunch, with the local honey and yummy cheese was perfect. We will be repeating that tour for sure!

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