Merritt Island Kayaking: Witness Stunning Bioluminescence
544 Ratings
Experience the stunning bioluminescence of Merritt Island while kayaking through the protected wetlands. Don't miss this other-worldly display of sea life lighting up the waters!
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
What's Included
  • Kayak, Paddle, Life-jacket
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities for guide (optional)
Additional Information

This stunning aquatic spectacle, where sea creatures illuminate the ocean with incredible neon shine, can only be witnessed in a handful of locations around the globe. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime that you should not pass up when in Florida! The protected marshlands surrounding our kayak launch spot has minimal light pollution, enhancing your viewing experience of these glowing organisms.

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
Haulover Canal Launch Site
Please call our office to receive exact directions prior to your tour as we have several locations. Please do NOT use Uber or Lyft. We have found that most Uber and Lyft drivers will not drive to this location. If you are visiting and do not have a vehicle, please plan on getting a rental car.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Feb 16, 2024
Interesting tour - Jay was our guide. It was windy but luckily we were all experienced Kayakers. We saw a handful of combs and some mullets. Jay told us some history and information about the animals out at Merrit Island.
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Feb 14, 2024
Starry night … a beautiful kayak trip. - We had a great time! Our guide Leo explained about the bioluminescence of the jellyfish, the ecosystem of the lagoon and even the stars overhead (which were spectacular the night we were out). Leo took pictures, kept us safe, but his main concern was that we enjoyed ourselves.
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Feb 13, 2024
Perfect evening on the water! - Our Guide Leo was very knowledgeable and comforting preparing us for our adventure. I’m not sure what was more impressive, the glowing jellyfish just below the surface or the intensity of the stars in the dark sky. We had a fabulous time. Thank you Leo for a memorable evening.
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Feb 13, 2024
A great night on the water - A great night on the water! Leo, our guide, was outstanding -very knowledgeable and friendly. He guided us through the dark and found many jellyfish to share with us.
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Feb 10, 2024
FANTASTIC - The trip was GREAT, set out with 9 boats and 2 guides. Jay and Jacob were FANTASTIC guides with different styles that complimented each other. Found some comb jellies, Jacob actually captured a few so we could see/hold them before releasing them. Got to experience the lagoon with a new moon. Launchpad 39A was lit up with a Falcon 9 on the pad. When we got back near the put in spot we found a bunch of comb jellies, the highest concentration of the evening. We paddled around a bit while the other boats were recovered, the jellies were like shooting stars passing under and sing the boat. It certainly would have been a less enviable experience without the clear kayaks. The only way the trip could have been any better is if the Falcon 9 had launched.
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Nov 29, 2023
Great night lagoon kayak - We went at the end of November. No bioluminescent phytoplankton due to the short daylight and time of year but lots of bioluminescent comb jellies, manatees, dolphins and birds. Bri was an excellent guide, we would do this again for sure.
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Sep 19, 2023
Awesome experience - Wow! This was so much more than I expected. The bioluminescence was magical. Seeing manatees right next to our kayak was like something out of a fairy tale. Our guides, Jordan and Faith, were amazing and so knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
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Sep 4, 2023
Bucket List Adventure! - What a fabulous adventure! 10/10 ! We would do this again and will highly recommend this to friends and family. Our guides Bree, Jordan and Zack we knowledgeable, helpful and very friendly. We chose to get out and swim at the point that option was given. SO worth doing. This is an amazing, bucket list thing to do. Watching the blue swirls in the water caused by swimming fish and seeing the "lights" on our hands after dipping them in the water was special effects looking. They provided everything except the bug spray so basically, you just show up and live large!
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Aug 10, 2023
Nature is awesome! - Rohan was our guide as we rafted at Merritt Island refuge. If you've never seen bioluminescent must. It's an incredible family experience and great for adults too. Open your eyes and heart and enjoy the natural beauty. My second time with bioluminescent experience. Once in solo kayak and now in raft with a group. If you are a strong kayaker do that, but felt safer with my kids in a raft with me. Do this anytime you visit Florida....awesome!
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Aug 9, 2023
Magical! - Patrick and Jay were professionals - knowledgeable, kind, accommodating, and fun! We had a couple of weather delays. Being a solo traveler via Uber, they let me take shelter with them in their truck and watched out for my safety. The excursion was magical! I highly recommend it!
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up to 15 guests
April 2024