Bioluminescence Eco Kayak Tour

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

Overview

​​Magical Bioluminescence Kayaking Tours

During the summer months, the water of the Banana River Lagoon comes alive after sunset with bioluminescence. A microscopic organism begins to activate one of the most amazing chemical reactions found in the world. Watch as every stroke of your paddle illuminates the water on this Cocoa Beach nighttime kayaking tour! A speeding school of mullet swimming under your kayak looks like hundreds of green bottle rockets going off underwater.

During the Fall and Winter season we have the pleasure of welcoming Bioluminescence Comb Jellies!

These glowing ctenophores are not jellyfish. Comb jellies have oval-shaped bodies with eight rows of tiny comb-like plates that they beat to move through the water. The comb rows break up light as it swims to produce a shimmering rainbow effect. The coolest part about these is that they don’t sting! They are prehistoric sea creature that has been on our planet for over 500 million years. They were here even before the dinosaurs! A comb jelly also prefers cooler weather and water, so it’s typical for them to make their grand debut between the months of October and March. At night they emit a natural blue-green glow that we call bioluminescence.
We are lucky to have two types of bioluminescence in our area to show our guests. The experiences are a bit different, so we recommend trying both tours throughout the year. Then you can let us know which bio you like best! Our guides will also give you nets to use to enhance your experience.

Please call us if you still need more information about the differences between our bio tours. We are always excited to answer any questions you may have.


LOOKING FOR AN EASIER BIOLUMINESCENCE EXPERIENCE?

We are now offering 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 

All kayak selections are based on availability:
Single Kayak: 1 Person Capacity, Weight Limit - 280lbs.
Tandem Kayak (2 Guests): Total Weight - 425lbs, Individual person - 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.
October – May is considered “Bioluminescence Comb Jelly” season.
June – October is considered “Bioluminescence Dinoflagellates (Glowing Water)” season.
May – October is considered “Bioluminescence Dinoflagellates (Glowing Water)” season. However, the bioluminescence is the brightest between July and August.
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.
Towel
What’s Included
Professional Local Guide
Safety equipment

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 2024 IS HERE!

After a long winter, the bioluminescent microorganisms of the Indian River Lagoon have come out of dormancy. Book a TOP-RATED Fin Expeditions bioluminescence tour in Cocoa Beach now!