Where To See The BEST Bioluminescence This Summer
Find the best bioluminescence in Florida right here in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge!
WHY IS THE REFUGE THE BEST PLACE TO SEE THE BIOLUMINESCENCE IN FLORIDA?
Simple answer – warm waters, no light pollution, and calm waters.
Haulover Canal in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is often referred to as the best place to see the bio. Because the canal is connected to the Indian River Lagoon there are many very shallow areas that provide warm waters which the bioluminescent plankton utilize to reproduce at fast rates. This warm water paired with the extremely low light pollution of the refuge make for the perfect spot to view the bio. The refuge itself is over 140,000 acres of really no artificial lights. As the night comes and the sky gets dark, there’s even a chance to see the milky way! Lot’s of our guests tell us this is the first place they’ve ever been able to see the milky way, which makes for an extra add-on to the tours!
Take a tour in a 100% CLEAR kayak for the best viewing! Clear kayaks and bioluminescence season… Did we just read off an item from your bucket list?
Our clear kayak bioluminescent tours start typically around the end of May or beginning of June and end typically in September. We paddle out in groups no larger than 10 people, so you’ll really have the opportunity to enjoy the tour at your leisure in our intimate setting. We do anticipate our tours to reach capacity this season, so make sure you book ASAP! Our Bio tours are mind blowing. Honestly, it’s something you have to see to believe.
Each tour we offer has equal opportunity to view the bio, as the brightness doesn’t depend on the time of night.
We host our tours at what we like to call, a hidden gem – Haulover Canal. The lack of city light and tall buildings, which are known to minimize the glow, make this location the PREMIER spot for our bioluminescent tours. Not to mention, the water is the perfect temperature to see the bio due to the sun heating it up during the day. Warm water is key!
Haulover Canal is located in the middle of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge which is essential to seeing the bioluminescence. This is a unique place that is about 140,000 acres of NOTHINGNESS, aka pitch black at night with no light pollution. This is why our launch spot is so special and considered to be the best viewing for bioluminescence in Florida, and the USA! This also means that on clear nights like the ones shown below you can see thousands of stars and even the Milky Way! We see so many shooting stars each night, it’s an extra treat we like to thank our dark launch site for!
As the bio life swims underneath you, their movements will cause a glow so remember to take advantage of our clear kayaks and look underneath you! In the past, we’ve even had dolphins swim up to our clear kayaks and they actually look like they’re glowing!!
We’re the most top reviewed Bioluminescent tour for a reason and we couldn’t be more proud!
Our guides are super passionate about what they do and it’s their mission to inform and educate guests while hosting a great tour. Whether you’re a pro at kayaking or if this is your first time, they will make you feel right at home when you step into one of our clear kayaks.
What’re you waiting for? LET’S GLOW!
Still need more convincing? Check out our unedited video, as well as our site map so you can get a better idea of where we’re located. We can’t wait to see you!
Our Launch Location
WHAT TO BRING
1) Bug spray! We suggest Repel Natural DEET-Free Aerosol Insect Repellent.
2) You may get wet on the tour as the paddles tend to splash some water into your kayak, so feel free to bring a change of clothes for after your tour!
3) Long sleeves – this is the best way to protect yourself from mosquitos!