BIOLUMINESCENCE ECO KAYAK TOUR

Experience a Bioluminescence Tour in Cocoa Beach, FL

LOCATIONS

While the waters to the west of Cocoa Beach (and east of the mainland) are technically an estuary they are typically referred to as a ‘river’ or a ‘lagoon’ or, to really confuse things, both: the Indian and Banana River Lagoon! Despite the many different names all of these areas are part of the same unique body of water.

Cocoa Beach

PRICE STARTS AT
$69 / Single Kayak
Our original and still our best location we paddle through mangroves in the Thousand Islands area of the Banana River. This tour is a bit longer than others and will definitely make you feel like you’re getting away from it all.

Merritt Island

PRICE STARTS AT
$64 / Single Kayak
Merritt Island is located between Cocoa Beach and the mainland. This tour in the Sykes Creek area of the Banana River is bit shorter and involves more open water paddling than our Cocoa Beach tour. However, the bioluminescence can at times be even brighter. Plus if you are traveling from the Orlando area this tour is about 15 minutes closer.

Field Manor

PRICE STARTS AT
$58 / Single Kayak
For an easier bioluminescence experience we now offer an introductory bioluminescence tour out of historic Field Manor on Merritt Island. Just minutes away from Cocoa Beach, this Indian River tour is shorter and requires less paddling than our typical guided tours. It is a great option for beginner paddlers looking for a brief introduction to bioluminescence. Best of all it is the CLOSEST bioluminescence tour to the Orlando area.

Bioluminescence Kayaking Tours

In the Cocoa Beach area we are lucky to have two types of bioluminescence for our guests to experience during nighttime kayak tours throughout the year.

During the summer months (May-October), after sunset, the waters of the Indian and Banana River Lagoon come alive with a bioluminescent glow like only a few other places in the world. A dinoflagellate microscopic organism, Pyrodinium bahamense, responds to mechanical agitation by luminescing. A stroke of a kayak paddle illuminates the water almost like glowing paint. A speeding school of mullet look like multiple underwater bottle rockets. A swimming dolphin trails glowing streamers like a comet. The summertime glowing waters of the Indian and Banana River Lagoon truly is a bucket-list experience.

During the fall and winter months we welcome bioluminescent Comb Jellies! These glowing ctenophores are not jellyfish; they are non-stinging, oval-shaped marine invertebrates approximately the size of a golf ball that have existed in one form or another for more than 500 million years. They move through the water using rows of cilia that resemble tiny combs. The comb rows break up light as it swims producing a shimmering rainbow effect. They prefer cooler weather and water, so it’s typical for them to make their bioluminescent debut between the months of October and March. Kids love them and this is a great way to experience some bioluminescence during the non-summer months.

All kayak selections are based on availability:

Trip information

What to bring
What’s Included

Trip Map

Reviews

Why Choose Us

Fin Expeditions takes pride in following established best practices of Ethical Ecotourism.
SMALL GROUP SIZE

We want our kayak tours to have a more intimate experience for every guest. Large groups disrupt wildlife habitats and require loud guide communication and a less personalized approach. Other kayak tour agencies put 40 or more people in a group. We typically limit the size of our tours to 12 guests 

TRAINED GUIDES

At Fin Expeditions our guides are highly trained. Other kayak tour agencies may give their guides as little as 2 hours of training. Our guides receive 50+ hours of training before they are certified to lead a tour.

LOCALLY OWNED

Fin Expeditions is locally owned and our tours are run by local guides that are knowledgeable, friendly and know the area inside and out. We support our local community and efforts to conserve and restore the Indian River Lagoon.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

We are top-rated on Tripadvisor and Google for a reason. We know what it’s like to travel and do what we can to take some of that load off our guests. Just show up and we’ll take care of the details.

BETTER EQUIPMENT

We believe by fully equipping our guests, we provide an upscale experience. We use high-end kayaks with high-back seats for your comfort. We clean and sanitize all equipment and life jackets after each use.

Daytime Photos included
Complimentary photos of your experience are included. Our guide will take high quality photos during daytime tours. Within a day after the tour, you will be emailed a link to your tour album where you can receive pictures at no charge.
EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE A FIN EXPEDITIONS TOUR MAKES!

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BIOLUMINESCENCE ECO KAYAK TOUR

Experience a Bioluminescence Tour in Cocoa Beach, FL
$74/Single Kayak
Ages 13+
$138/Tandem Kayak
Ages 4+
$207/3-Person Kayak
Family of 3

Overview

​​Bioluminescence Kayaking Tours

In the Cocoa Beach area we are lucky to have two types of bioluminescence for our guests to experience during nighttime kayak tours throughout the year.

During the summer months (May-October), after sunset, the waters of the Indian and Banana River Lagoon come alive with a bioluminescent glow like only a few other places in the world. A dinoflagellate microscopic organism, Pyrodinium bahamense, responds to mechanical agitation by luminescing. A stroke of a kayak paddle illuminates the water almost like glowing paint. A speeding school of mullet look like multiple underwater bottle rockets. A swimming dolphin trails glowing streamers like a comet. The summertime glowing waters of the Indian and Banana River Lagoon truly is a bucket-list experience.

During the fall and winter months we welcome bioluminescent Comb Jellies! These glowing ctenophores are not jellyfish; they are non-stinging, oval-shaped marine invertebrates approximately the size of a golf ball that have existed in one form or another for more than 500 million years. They move through the water using rows of cilia that resemble tiny combs. The comb rows break up light as it swims producing a shimmering rainbow effect. They prefer cooler weather and water, so it’s typical for them to make their bioluminescent debut between the months of October and March. Kids love them and this is a great way to experience some bioluminescence during the non-summer months.

Locations

While the waters to the west of Cocoa Beach (and east of the mainland) are technically an estuary they are typically referred to as a ‘river’ or a ‘lagoon’ or, to really confuse things, both: the Indian and Banana River Lagoon! Despite the many different names all of these areas are part of the same unique body of water.

Cocoa Beach – From $69

Our original and still our best location we paddle through mangroves in the Thousand Islands area of the Banana River. This tour is a bit longer than others and will definitely make you feel like you’re getting away from it all.

Merritt Island – From $64

Merritt Island is located between Cocoa Beach and the mainland. This tour in the Sykes Creek area of the Banana River is bit shorter and involves more open water paddling than our Cocoa Beach tour. However, the bioluminescence can at times be even brighter. Plus if you are traveling from the Orlando area this tour is about 15 minutes closer.

Field Manor – From $58

For an easier bioluminescence experience we now offer an introductory bioluminescence tour out of historic Field Manor on Merritt Island. Just minutes away from Cocoa Beach, this Indian River tour is shorter and requires less paddling than our typical guided tours. It is a great option for beginner paddlers looking for a brief introduction to bioluminescence. Best of all it is the CLOSEST bioluminescence tour to the Orlando area.

All kayak selections are based on availability:

Trip information

What to bring
What’s Included

Trip Map

Reviews

Why Choose Us

Fin Expeditions takes pride in following established best practices of Ethical Ecotourism.

SMALL GROUP SIZE

We want our kayak tours to have a more intimate experience for every guest. Large groups disrupt wildlife habitats and require loud guide communication and a less personalized approach. Other kayak tour agencies put 40 or more people in a group. We typically limit the size of our tours to 12 guests 

TRAINED GUIDES

At Fin Expeditions our guides are highly trained. Other kayak tour agencies may give their guides as little as 2 hours of training. Our guides receive 50+ hours of training before they are certified to lead a tour.

LOCALLY OWNED

Fin Expeditions is locally owned and our tours are run by local guides that are knowledgeable, friendly and know the area inside and out. We support our local community and efforts to conserve and restore the Indian River Lagoon.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

We are top-rated on Tripadvisor and Google for a reason. We know what it’s like to travel and do what we can to take some of that load off our guests. Just show up and we’ll take care of the details.

BETTER EQUIPMENT

We believe by fully equipping our guests, we provide an upscale experience. We use high-end kayaks with high-back seats for your comfort. We clean and sanitize all equipment and life jackets after each use.

Daytime Photos included
Complimentary photos of your experience are included. Our guide will take high quality photos during daytime tours. Within a day after the tour, you will be emailed a link to your tour album where you can receive pictures at no charge.
EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE A FIN EXPEDITIONS TOUR MAKES!

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Join our daytime kayak tour in Cocoa Beach for an unforgettable adventure! Paddle through the picturesque mangrove tunnels of the Thousand Islands.