Bioluminescence Kayak Tour: Experience Glowing Blue Waters
721 Ratings
Merritt Island
Experience the magical phenomenon of bioluminescence on a kayak tour. Paddle through glowing blue waters and witness the sparkling trails left by fish, dolphins, and manatees. Learn about the fascinating dinoflagellate algae from knowledgeable guides.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Haulover Canal Kayak Launch - Bioluminescent Kayak Tours

  • Summer Bioluminescence: Dinoflagellate (cloudy bluegreen glow) - peak season May to early November

  • Winter Bioluminescence: Comb Jelly (Individual glowing jellies) - peak season late November to April

  • During the warm summer months the waters of Florida’s Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon come alive with single-celled microorganisms called dinoflagellates.

  • In the cooler Florida months, bioluminescent Comb Jellies congregate in the protected waters of the Indian River Lagoon. Living in the most bio-diverse estuary in North America, Comb Jellies are clear, glob-like creatures that, despite their name, do not sting! So as you paddle the calm waters laced with mangroves and palm trees, you can catch and hold these gentle glowing creatures. They’re right at your fingertips while having a safe, awe-inspiring kayak adventure with those who share your enthusiasm for new and unique experiences.

What's Included
  • Kayak
  • Professional guide
  • PFD
  • Paddle
  • 2 hour kayak tour
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

There lies a stunning spectacle in the warm, shadowy depths of the lagoon where waters shimmer vibrant blue, teeming with life. The water around your fingers, the sweep of your kayak’s paddle, and the surge rippling off your vessel all sparkle amidst the blackness. Fish darting about leave luminous trails, dolphins resemble fiery torpedoes, and a manatee can be likened to a tranquil, elegant submarine. Multiple visitors liken the spectacle to the world of Pandora from “Avatar,” or remember the radiant plankton scene from “Life of Pi” as the softly glowing organisms can be held and let slip through your fingers. While a few may facetiously attribute this to NASA discharge, the truth is more fascinating - it’s a bioluminescent reaction from tiny algae known as dinoflagellates. These microscopic beings, safe and entirely natural, illuminate before your eyes in such vast quantities that millions can exist in a single liter of water. Your journey will encompass an extensive education about these rare and extraordinary organisms, guided by the region’s most enlightened professionals.

  • What to bring:
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting a little wet. Towel (left in car)
  • Water Shoes – sandals or Crocs that can be worn in the water
  • Bring an extra change of clothes just in case
  • Camera & Dry bag (optional) These are fairly useless to capture bioluminescence, but great for capturing people.
  • Bottled water, Snacks
  • Any special personal paddling gear if you like
  • You may bring a flashlight, though we will provide a safety light.
Kelly Park East
North Banana River Drive
Kelly Park East
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jun 13, 2024
Absolutely go! It was a great experience! - Amazing experience with guides Piper and Jordan! We saw dolphins, comb jellies and a manatee. Cannot recommend enough!
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Jun 10, 2024
The tour guide was very... - The tour guide was very knowledgeable, the tour started on time and we were in the water for a full 2 hours. We enjoyed the tour it was a lot of fun it was something that we had not done before.
Review provided by Viator
Jun 6, 2024
Saw a launch while out. - Had an amazing time with Piper! She took a small group of us and we had such a great time! We also got to see a rocket launch while out on the kayaks which was an amazing site. Highly recommend Piper!
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May 29, 2024
The best part of our vacation! A must when vacationing on the space coast in Florida! - My girlfriend and I recently went on the bioluminescence kayak tour at Merritt Island, and it was an incredible adventure! Our tour guides, Piper and Island, were fantastic and made the experience even more memorable. We opted for the clear tandem kayak, which was a great choice as it allowed us to see the bioluminescence in stunning detail throughout our ride. The guides were very knowledgeable and went above and beyond our expectations, providing interesting information about the phenomenon and the local ecosystem. One of the highlights for us was using the provided fishing nets to catch comb jellies. It was a unique and thrilling experience to see these glowing creatures up close. The tour lasted about 1.5 hours, which was the perfect amount of time to fully enjoy the bioluminescence and explore the area. We highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Space Coast. It’s a fun and natural activity that offers a truly magical experience.
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May 26, 2024
10/10!! - Piper, Matt and Kurt were awesome guides. We went May 25 and they said it was the brightest they had seen the algea so far. Such an awesome experience. I highly recommend!
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May 26, 2024
Excellent experience - Very knowledgeable, friendly, reliable, excellent service. My kids had an awesome experience. I enjoyed it very much.
Review provided by Viator
May 25, 2024
Fun Adventure!! - We had a great time and Piper and Curt were great guides. They were very knowledgeable and helpful. We would definitely recommend this trip!!
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May 25, 2024
Fun and memorable bioluminescents tour - Fourteen or so adventurers assembled late Friday night at Kelly Park East. The weather was warm and windy, and the moon was bright. Piper and Kurt, our guides, gave us a short briefing, then we walked to the shore and mounted our kayaks. Most of us had tandems. Our guides were fantastic. They led us to great sites, and helped us get incredible views of the bioluminescents. The two hours flew by, but we have awesome memories of “comb jellies” and fish lighting up the water as the raced by. Piper and Kurt were very attentive and made sure everyone was safe. We had several checkpoints where we rested and Piper shared information and tips. When we returned to shore, we were a little tired and very soaked but we loved every minute. It was an awesome experience! I have a better appreciation of our Florida coast. Many thanks to Piper and Kurt for this great experience!
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May 18, 2024
An unforgettable adventure! - We had an amazing time on our trip! It was the last day we were in Florida and wanted to get one final adventure in. Weather did not seem to be on our side, but Piper (our tour guide) went above and beyond and refused to let us leave disappointed. We waited out the storm for over an hour and we were able to do the full tour despite it being quite late. Piper was truly awesome and very friendly. She was informative and knowledgeable on the bioluminescence. Piper really focused on providing us the best experience which we had. It was a great end for our Florida trip and would highly recommend a Day Away Kayak Tours for those visiting the area. Highly recommend Piper for your tour guide. Very grateful for the experience we had!!
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May 17, 2024
Kayaking with Piper - Piper was an amazing guide. We seen plenty. She seem to know a lot of information. A great way to end our vacation. I would definitely do it again.
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024