Bioluminescence kayaking tour is breathtakingly beautiful
Florida is home to 1 of only 6 places in the world where you can do this sort of thing. The bioluminescent kayak tour takes place on the Banana River or Indian River, and both are the perfect spot for night-viewing due to low light pollution.
What are those lights?
The fascinating and other-worldly orbs that are seen during these kinds of night tours, are dinoflagellates (plankton) and comb jellies.
Dinoflagellates and comb jellies GLOW in the dark river water! Neon!
People say this seems “other worldly.“
Bioluminescent night tours are a “must-do” for Florida vacations.
Visibility on the Banana River or Indian River is amazing due to low light pollution.
The times between June and November are the best for viewing dinoflagellates. In the early days of summer the bioluminescence begins to show, and by the height of summer it shines and sparkles bright when it is stirred with your kayak paddle, hand, or even the myriad of Mullet fish flying around.
And October to March are the preferred times to view comb jellies, which are my personal favourite because they don’t sting. Bioluminescent Comb Jellies are pre-historic sea creatures that have been on the planet for over 500 million years. As the waters of the Indian River Lagoon cool down, the Comb Jellies move in. But are they Jelly Fish? No, not really. They do not sting like their jelly looking cousins the Jelly Fish. Comb Jellies protect themselves by giving off bioluminescent glow. They think it will scare any predators that might come their way… just like cavemen used fire at night to keep animals at bay, the jelly lights up at night when touched.
During the full moon phases, the bioluminescence does not appear as brightly as when it is very dark. However, full moon kayaking is an amazing, mystical experience itself.