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Bioluminescence Eco Kayak Tour

Bioluminescence Comb Jelly Season is Here!

Quick Details

October – May is considered “Bioluminescence Comb Jelly” season. 

June – October is considered “Bioluminescence Dinoflagellates (Glowing Water)” season. 

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.

Single Kayak Ages 13+
Tandem Kayak Ages 4+
3-Person Kayak Family of 3

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 actually jellyfish. Comb jellies have oval-shaped bodies with eight rows of tiny comblike plates that it beats to move through the water. As it swims, the comb rows break up light to produce a shimmering rainbow effect.  The best part about these jellies is that they don’t sting! They are a prehistoric sea creature that has been on our planet for over 500 million years. They were here even before the dinosaurs!  Comb Jellies also prefer cooler weather and waters, so its 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 2 types of bioluminescence in our area to show our guests. The experiences are a little different, so we recommend trying out both tours throughout the year. Then you can let us know what bio you like the best! Our guides will also give you nets to use to enhance your experience.

If you still have more questions about the differences between our bio tours please feel free to give us a call. We are always excited to answer any questions you may have.


What to Bring

  • Comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing
  • Bug spray for the mosquitos and no-see-ums
  • Towel