In a world where you can enjoy really impressive man-made wonders (hint: Disney World), there’s something almost ethereal about getting charmed by nature.
If you have never seen a magical light show created by creatures of the night in Florida, you’re in for a treat. Book a night kayaking bioluminescent tour in Florida and see this other-worldly phenomenon for yourself.
Throughout the year, the crystal-clear waters of Indian River Lagoon produce thousands of blue-green illuminated lights created by comb jellyfish and plankton (dinoflagellates). People from across the world come to Titusville, Florida every year to gawk at this spectacular sight.
For less than the price of good steak in Florida, you can witness a wondrous phenomenon that only occurs in 6 places across the world. Need we say more?
What Will I See During Night Kayaking in Bioluminescent Florida?
As you launch into the water with your kayak, every stroke of your paddle and every movement of your kayak will ignite a small explosion of fireworks. You’ll see a neon blue-green glow on the surface of water as you’re surrounded by a dark night sky. It’s a sight you’ll never forget.
Sounds very trippy, right? However, as you see the bioluminescent effect in the water created by billions of tiny marine creatures known as dinoflagellates, you’ll agree with us. It looks almost extraterrestrial; as if you have exited a dull, boring world and entered a completely surreal one.
The best time to go night kayaking in the bioluminescent waters of Florida is 5 days after the full moon, from May through October. You’ll be provided with a life jacket, whistle, and a glow stick since it will be really dark out there.
Your guide will make sure you know all the safety precautions and they will guide through each and every step. So, even if you have never been on a kayak before, don’t worry. The waters are very calm and safe here; we frequently get children as young as 7-year-old to go on our kayak tours.
Where Will The Tour Start?
Our tours launch off the Haulover Canal that’s located in the middle of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near Titusville. If you have trouble finding the launch site, just give us a call and our guides will make sure you reach the site without any issues.
The night kayak tours start at dusk and as it darkens, you’ll paddle out of the canal into a narrow lagoon. By now, it’s almost completely dark and you’ll be able to see the glowing waters with every movement in the water.
Even though our guides will help you navigate every step of the way to ensure your safety, you’ll be free to paddle off a bit and play around with the water. If you’d rather sit still in your kayak and just watch the manatees and occasional dolphins go by, you can do that as well.
Most kayakers love to wave their hands through the water and then watch as it leaves a cold-fire like glow in its wake. Some simply like to slap the water with their kayak paddles to create stunning splashes of light.
And did we tell you about mullets? Oh yes, these bioluminescent waters are home to thousands of mullets as well. Our all-time favorite thing to do here is paddling into the middle of a big school of sleeping mullets and then watch as they wake up and leap through the air! When that happens, you don’t even have to move your hands to see the bioluminescence; the jumping mullets create an unmatched light show on their own.
Ready to go for a night kayaking bioluminescent tour in Florida? Book your chance to experience this breathtaking phenomenon today!