Explore this route below in the interactive map
BY LAW, YOU MUST HAVE A SOURCE OF WHITE LIGHT, A LIFE-JACKET, AND A WHISTLE OR OTHER EMERGENCY SOUNDING DEVICE TO PADDLE HERE AT NIGHT. PLEASE ALWAYS FOLLOW LOCAL LAWS AND ORDINANCES WHEN PADDLING, ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT.
Most have seen pictures, but few have personally experienced the amazing and near-magical natural phenomenon of bioluminescence! There are many bioluminescent creatures in the world, but the ones that we see here in Florida are single celled marine organisms called dinoflagellates. These little guys actually GLOW when the water around them is disturbed, and when they are present in high concentrations, the effect is absolutely out-of-this-world!
If it’s been a while since you’ve felt truly in awe of nature and its strange and complex beauty, this experience is sure to fix that for you. These little creatures thrive in warm and shallow water, and produce a biological light show like no other from June through September in the Titusville/Merritt Island/Space Coast area.
Obviously, it is only able to be experienced at night, and is most impressive when there is low moon light and in places where there is little or no artificial light. Lights and night-time safety gear are necessary here. You should consider bringing clothes you don’t mind getting a little wet/dirty, BUG SPRAY, water, and a towel and/or change of clothes for afterwards. I like to wear light long sleeves and pants, as the buggies out here can be a bit persistent and I don’t really like bathing in bug spray.
Beginners and experienced kayakers can do this paddle.
Photographing this phenomenon is very difficult, so unless you have an amazing camera and some serious skills, no need to bring it.
ABOUT THE LAUNCH
The launch for this out-and-back is just east of Parrish Park in Titusville, FL. (1 A. Max Brewer Memorial Pkwy). Travelling from the mainland, turn left after passing the park on your left-hand side. Instead of taking another left into Parrish Park itself, turn right onto the dirt road. Find a spot to park along the waterfront or along the road-side of the dirt/beach access area.
This phenomenon is seasonal, and usually best viewed in the summer months, from around May to around September.
You’ll be back at your cars 2 to 3 hours after you hit the water.
YOU SHOULD BRING;
– comfortable outdoor clothing with long sleeves
– a change of clothing and/or towel
– water and/or other beverage of choice
– an adventurous attitude
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO;
It is a bit buggy out here at night, but is usually fine once we get on the water. Wear long sleeves and pants and bring bug spray. All kayaks should be marked with glow sticks or lights in this location at night.
Want to paddle it yourself? Awesome! Click here to open the route, with they ability to pinpoint your GPS location, in your phone’s web browser and use it to navigate on the water!
Want me as a guide and some rental boats for this adventure? Simply add the tour to your cart with the quantity of people you’re paying for, checkout, and I’ll contact you within 24 hours to get your preferred tour day and time, and any other information I may need from you. You’ll also be able to ask any questions you may have at this time. If you’d like, feel free to call before booking or after booking instead of waiting for me to contact you.
Private tours only at this time.