Merritt Island Kayaking: Witness Stunning Bioluminescence
4.6
576 Ratings
Mims
Experience the stunning bioluminescence of Merritt Island while kayaking through the protected wetlands. Don't miss this other-worldly display of sea life lighting up the waters!
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Haulover Canal Launch Site - Witness the mesmerizing glow of plankton beneath you as you paddle through one of Florida’s natural rivers on this nighttime bioluminescence kayaking tour. These bioluminescent kayak tours are available every night year-round and are a “must-do” for any Florida vacation.
What's Included
  • Kayak, Paddle, Life-jacket
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities for guide (optional)
Additional Information

This stunning aquatic spectacle, where sea creatures illuminate the ocean with incredible neon shine, can only be witnessed in a handful of locations around the globe. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime that you should not pass up when in Florida! The protected marshlands surrounding our kayak launch spot has minimal light pollution, enhancing your viewing experience of these glowing organisms.

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
Location
Haulover Canal Launch Site
Please call our office to receive exact directions prior to your tour as we have several locations. Please do NOT use Uber or Lyft. We have found that most Uber and Lyft drivers will not drive to this location. If you are visiting and do not have a vehicle, please plan on getting a rental car.
Cancellation Policy

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

Customer Ratings
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(576 Ratings)
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Jesimonello
May 16, 2024
Very educational! - Our guide, Lisa, was so knowledgeable about the Indian Rive Lagoon. Even though I have lived here for years, there’s still so much to learn about this precious area. It’s always a go to when I have friends visiting.
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Johannamt9087hy
Apr 15, 2024
Awesome experience - What a great experience. The weather was beautiful. The moon and stars were out and the comb jellies were so nice. Would definitely go again, but only if we could go with LEO, Jay and Ranger.😉
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Jenny
Feb 16, 2024
Interesting tour - Jay was our guide. It was windy but luckily we were all experienced Kayakers. We saw a handful of combs and some mullets. Jay told us some history and information about the animals out at Merrit Island.
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Sandhills2009
Feb 14, 2024
Starry night … a beautiful kayak trip. - We had a great time! Our guide Leo explained about the bioluminescence of the jellyfish, the ecosystem of the lagoon and even the stars overhead (which were spectacular the night we were out). Leo took pictures, kept us safe, but his main concern was that we enjoyed ourselves.
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Skylerpants
Feb 13, 2024
Perfect evening on the water! - Our Guide Leo was very knowledgeable and comforting preparing us for our adventure. I’m not sure what was more impressive, the glowing jellyfish just below the surface or the intensity of the stars in the dark sky. We had a fabulous time. Thank you Leo for a memorable evening.
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Cww964
Feb 13, 2024
A great night on the water - A great night on the water! Leo, our guide, was outstanding -very knowledgeable and friendly. He guided us through the dark and found many jellyfish to share with us.
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Soxfan-15
Feb 10, 2024
FANTASTIC - The trip was GREAT, set out with 9 boats and 2 guides. Jay and Jacob were FANTASTIC guides with different styles that complimented each other. Found some comb jellies, Jacob actually captured a few so we could see/hold them before releasing them. Got to experience the lagoon with a new moon. Launchpad 39A was lit up with a Falcon 9 on the pad. When we got back near the put in spot we found a bunch of comb jellies, the highest concentration of the evening. We paddled around a bit while the other boats were recovered, the jellies were like shooting stars passing under and sing the boat. It certainly would have been a less enviable experience without the clear kayaks. The only way the trip could have been any better is if the Falcon 9 had launched.
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Kristin393
Nov 29, 2023
Great night lagoon kayak - We went at the end of November. No bioluminescent phytoplankton due to the short daylight and time of year but lots of bioluminescent comb jellies, manatees, dolphins and birds. Bri was an excellent guide, we would do this again for sure.
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Karen-zeek
Sep 19, 2023
Awesome experience - Wow! This was so much more than I expected. The bioluminescence was magical. Seeing manatees right next to our kayak was like something out of a fairy tale. Our guides, Jordan and Faith, were amazing and so knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
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Traveler325
Apr 21, 2024
Could have been better. - The guides were very knowledgeable and well prepared, however the trip was booked for 8:30-10:00 and we were back in our cars driving away at 9:45. Also, we were not made aware that we were between high visibility times and we barely saw any bioluminescence. This was by no means a reflection on our guides, but should be made known ahead of the trip and maybe have a lowered price when visibility of the bioluminescence is known to be very low.
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