Florida Bioluminescence Kayaking Tours
Guaranteed tours departing every night - Closest Bioluminescence tour to Orlando / Disney / Universal Attractions
What You Should Know
- EXPECT A CONFIRMATION EMAIL - You will receive a confirmation email after booking with a link to your launch site that coincides with your specific tour.
- ARRIVE 30 MINS PRIOR TO YOUR LAUNCH TIME - Please arrive 30 mins prior to launch for check-in and outfitting. Saftey Orientation will start 15 minutes prior to launch time. We plan to be on the water by your designated tour time. To respect everyones schedules, Late arrivals may be pushed to the next tour time (depending on availability).
- THE BEST TIME TO SEE BIOLUMINESCENCE: There is a 13 day window in every month where there is no moon in the sky while we are on the water at night..the window is as follows...: Book 3 days AFTER THE FULL MOON- until 1 DAY AFTER the new moon. This window will save you from the new moon crowds, while still enjoying the absolute darkness of a "New Moon" night!
LAUNCH SITE: Haulover Canal, Titusville
TRIP LENGTH: 90 MINS
COST PER PERSON: $60
INCLUDED: KAYAK, PFD, PADDLES AND HAPPY GUIDES
MAX WEIGHT: 600LBS COMBINED WEIGHT FOR A TANDEM
AGE RANGE: 5+
SUGGESTIONS TO BRING: AQUATIC FOOTWEAR, BUG SPRAY, TOWEL,
SUNSCREEN, CASH FOR TIPS (optional), AND A WATER BOTTLE
LOCATION: Haulover Canal, Titusville
Florida bioluminescence is the #1 kayaking trip in the Orlando, Cocoa Beach area. We are located about an hour from Universal Studios and The Walt Disney world area theme parks. Our "tourist tours or "visitor tours", as the locals would call them, are ideal for a romantic evening on the water or an expedition in the name of science with the little ones (as long as they are over 5yrs of age). Our tour guides will guide you through the Indian River lagoon and show you something truly magical as we make our way through mangrove trails and the shallow flats of the lagoon.
This tandem kayak tour will spend a leisurely 90 mins on the water during this tour. You may want to leave the camera at home for this excursion, as the bioluminescence is very hard to photograph unless you have professional equipment.
Florida Bioluminescence Kayaking is a bucket list entry for Eco-adventurers of all ages and all kayaking experience levels. This is an outdoor adventure eco-tour that will be limited in number as to provide an intimate outdoor experience. There is just no way to get close to wildlife with 60 tourists, in a group, on the water, (yeah let that mental image sink in lol).
Our tours will launch on the Indian River Lagoon, which has been dubbed by the more senior outfits as "Florida's Bioluminescence Bay", in the belly of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on the Indian Lagoon in Titusville, FL. (Your confirmation follow up email will have a directional link provided for the launch site of your kayak tour).
There is no light pollution on the Refuge, so the bioluminescence, as well as the MILKY-WAY GALAXY above, are extremely bright on moonless nights. Milky-Way season coinsides with our Bioluminescence season! What that means is that from March to October we (those of us in the northern hemisphere) are able to see into the center of the galaxy. Annnd what that means is that we are able to see the bands of our Milky-Way galaxy (which is shaped like a spiral or like a hurricane) over our heads at night, in stunning detail!
The dinoflagellate bioluminescence, when disturbed, is bright enough to light up a cove of trees Neon Blue from a distance, so visibility on a Sit On Top Kayak is not an issue.
Our bioluminescence plankton season opens officially on Memorial weekend! Technically the season lasts from May thru October 31st, but we've seen sightings as late as January. The darker the evening the brighter the bioluminescence will be.
This phenomenon can only be seen in 5 places on the face of the earth, in the same location, year after year. Titusville FL., is the only place in the continental Untited States where you can see this bioluminescence, year after year in the same location. The water comes to life at night with a magical glow everywhere it is touched by your hand, paddle, kayak, a mullet jumping, fish swimming, or even the waves lapping gently. If scooped into your hand the water will sparkle as you hold it and as it runs down your arm. Many people compare this phenomenon with being in the movie Avatar. This phenomenon is made possible by naturally occurring dinoflagellate plankton that light up the water of the river. They can be observed in these waters May through October with sightings as late as January, but are brightest during the peak season of July through September.
No two adventures will be the same as nature is constantly on the move. No cheesy rehearsed scripts here just guides well versed in their environment.
Note: During the full moon phases bioluminescence does not appear as bright as when it is very dark.