What are your favorite memories? For most of us, our favorite memories – those that we can recall clearly months and years after they happened – relate to places that we have been and experiences that we have had. Fortunately, our world has an abundance of things to offer when it comes to creating amazing memories and the warm, dark and mysterious lagoon waters of Florida offer us an opportunity to have an experience like no other – bioluminescence.
What is bioluminescence?
Bioluminescence is a natural phenomenon and something that many people consider to be another wonder of the world. There are a handful of creatures in the world that are capable of producing bioluminescence – the biochemical emission of light from their bodies. It happens as a result of a chemical reaction that takes place within the organism, and this reaction causes a glow. Fireflies and glowworms are two well-known producers of bioluminescence, but if you are visiting Florida you have the unique opportunity to see another organism in action – bioluminescent dinoflagellates.
Bioluminescent dinoflagellates are a form of plankton – tiny marine organisms that are found in abundance in the waters of the Indian River lagoons of Florida. When these dinoflagellates are disturbed, they emit a blue-green hue that is reflected in the water around them. In such large numbers, they create a display of light that is truly magical and completely unique at that moment in time. Many people liken a bioluminescence display to that of another major natural phenomenon – the Aurora Borealias, aka Northern Lights. Others compare the experience to being immersed in the film ‘Avatar’ where the alien world of Pandora has an ecosystem that is predominantly made up of bioluminescent flora and creatures.
Why choose a kayaking Florida bioluminescence tour?
Kayaking is widely considered to be the very best way of witnessing bioluminescence in Florida. Not only is it the most ecologically responsible method of transport within the lagoons, it also enables you to be within touching distance of the waters. As your hands, oars, and kayak disturb the waters around you, you will trigger a reaction of sparkling bioluminescence that is like no other. Whilst it may be tempting to try and capture it on camera, we have found that no video or photograph can do it justice and therefore, we recommend that you enjoy the experience with your eyes rather than through a lens, particularly if this is your first ever bioluminescence tour.
There are only a few places in the world where you can see bioluminescence in such close proximity, so why not enrich your Florida experience with a kayaking bioluminescence tour. In addition to this remarkable spectacle of light, you will also have the opportunity to witness some of the amazing wildlife that the Sunshine State has to offer including birds, stingrays, manatees, dolphins and maybe even a gator!
Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you an amazing experience, which is kind of the same thing! If you want to see bioluminescence this October, our Florida adventure tours can make this dream come true. Contact us today to find out more about our Florida bioluminescence tours by calling 321-735-9400.