Bioluminescence Eco Kayak Tour at Merritt Island

Explore Real Magic!
1.5 hours
Starting at $69


During the summer months, after sunset, the water of the Banana River Lagoon comes alive. Agitating one of the microscopic organisms (pyrodinium bahamense) that thrive in the warm, saline waters of the lagoon, initiates one of the most amazing chemical reactions found in the world: bioluminescence. Watch as every stroke of your paddle illuminates the water! A speeding school of mullet swimming under your kayak looks like hundreds of green bottle rockets going off underwater. Dolphins glow as they pass by.
All kayak selections are based on availability:
Single Kayak: 1 Person Capacity, Weight Limit - 280lbs.
Three Person Kayak: This set up is perfect for a family of 3 with a child under 75lbs. Total weight limit for this kayak is 425lbs.
Please leave any notes for your guide in the comment section.
Please note bioluminescence is seasonal and can vary from day to day.
Feel free to give us a call for an update on the current conditions.

Trip information

What to bring
Be sure to wear protective clothing.
Bug spray for after the tour.
Comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing
What’s Included
Professional Local Guide
Safety equipment

Trip Map


Why Choose Us

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


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 


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Bioluminescence 2024 Availability:

From December through April the bioluminescent microorganisms of the Indian River Lagoon are dormant. However, golf ball sized BIOLUMINESCENT COMB JELLIES are as active as ever. During this time we offer Sunset/Bioluminescence Kayak tours. You will have the opportunity to observe the lagoon during daylight, at sunset and just after sunset as the comb jellies begin to luminesce.  We also still offer daytime and sunset kayak tours for you to enjoy the wildlife and beauty of the Indian River Lagoon. We expect to begin offering full bioluminescence tours in May 2024.