Bioluminescence and kayaking?! Definitely two of the coolest things - put them together and you have the best kayaking experience ever! Have you ever heard of this insanely cool phenomenon before? Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism called Dinoflagellates. Essentially, when you move, the water around you will light up with a bright, soft blue color.
It is proven that the brightness of the moon determines how well you’ll be able to see the bioluminescence. The darker the night, the better the illumination! The best time to go night kayaking is when there is no moonrise or during the new moon phase, where 5%-25% of the moon is visible.
While you can still go night kayaking while the moon is out, nights with over 45% visibility of the moon is not recommended if you want to specifically see the Dinoflagellates.
If you are looking for an adventure but not ready to take a week off work to travel to an exotic location, we highly suggest going local first! Lucky for us, this phenomenon happens right here in Florida! From early June to November, you can view this glowing water with one of the many bioluminescence kayak tours that take place.
Bioluminescence kayaking at night is such a magical experience you don’t need to fly to! Now just imagine being a part of a bioluminescence tour in a transparent kayak!
When kayaking at night, safety is key to enjoying the bioluminescent wonder around you. When you explore in a transparent kayak be sure to pack accordingly; bring a whistle, a life jacket, and an LED light. We suggest the Wireless DMX Flat LED Light, for the ultimate night kayaking experience! This light has 8 different colors for you to choose from – turn the world below you purple, pink, or any color you want!
There are SO many tours you can take around Florida that offer bioluminescence kayaking. However, it all depends on the kind of kayak you want, the length of the tour and more!! We highly recommend that you experience this amazing phenomenon in a transparent kayak.
Two amazing tour groups that are local to Florida who offer bioluminescence kayaking are Get up and Go Kayaking and A Day Away Kayak. Both of these rental companies are located near the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge; just outside Titusville, Florida. Both locations offer tours in transparent kayaks or normal one; you can pick whatever you want!
However, if you want to experience this by yourself without a tour guide, start by heading over to pick up the Crystal Explorer transparent kayak for a #clearlybetter experience out on the water. Without a tour guide, be sure to take all safety precautions necessary because it will be dark.
Grab your camera and head out for a night kayaking experience you will never forget!