Bioluminescence Paddle

Scheduled Trips: 
Tours go out 7 nights
a week at 8:30 PM and
11:00 PM

Price: 
$45 per person




What You Need To Bring:

  • ‍Bug Spray

  • ‍Wear clothes that can get wet and possibly dirty

  • ‍Rain Jacket, we go rain or shine

    ‍Tips for your guides

Photo by Ricky Qivia Flickr, Creative Commons License.

Tour Overview

We are the closest bioluminescence paddle to Orlando! So don’t spend your time in traffic, spend it on the water experiencing natures magic!

The source of our “living lights”—bioluminescence—is dinoflagellates,  single-celled organisms common in marine environments. Each bioluminescent dinoflagellate flashes only a fraction of a second when disturbed by water movement, but its high concentrations in the warm Indian River water create beautiful bluish-white trails of light caused by swimming fish and paddling kayakers. A swimming manatee may be completely concealed in a spectacular, other-worldly cloud of “living light!”.

Upon arriving at the park, check in with the trip leaders which includes signing a mandatory release of liability and assumption of risk form. You will be outfitted with a life jacket, kayak, and paddle. After some brief instruction, we will paddle as a group in search of the “living lights.” Most tours last a couple of hours, however, if the bioluminescence is super bright and dolphins or manatee show up on the scene, well . . . time just doesn’t matter.

What makes our tours different from the rest?

  • We limit our tour to 16 guests, this way you can get lost in thought not lost in a crowd.

  • We offer single kayaks, tandem kayaks, and canoes. You chose what you want to paddle.

  • We constatnly update our meeting locations to where the bioluminescence is glowing the brightest.

  • We offer private tours at anytime to accommodate your group of 8 or more!

Meeting Locations

Adventures in Florida operates out of three separate launch sites. Each nights launch site is picked by the guide to maximize the bioluminescence glow, to avoid high winds, and to avoid crowds. You and your group will be assigned a launch site a day or two before your tour. Your guide will contact you with that nights location. If you have questions please call us.

From Orlando take any highway to I-95 North. Travel north on  I-95 to exit #220 onto FL-406 East (Garden ST.) 406 turns into A.Max Brewer Memorial Pkwy, travel over the bridge and turn left into the dirt parking lot just after crossing the bridge. Look for the big white van with the trailer full of kayaks

From Orlando Go east on highway 528 towards Cape Canaveral. Drive 1 mile past exit #52 you will cross a bridge, at the end of the bridge immediately exit to the right off the highway and onto the dirt road beside 528. Follow the dirt road to the right, drive under the bridge and follow the dirt road back around to the other side until you find the 3 tikki torches and a big white van pulling a kayak trailer. If you pass the turn off on the right just make a u turn 1/4 mile past the turn off, head west on the 528 and exit the dirt parking lot before the bridge with a big sign that says "Banana River Drive" exit 52  1 mile.

From Orlando drive east on highway 528 towards Cape Canaveral. Take exit #52 Banana River Drive. Turn left onto Banana River drive and go 1/4 mile until the road ends at our kayak launch.

FAQ

Q: Do you have only single or tandem kayaks?
A: We have single kayaks, tandem, kayaks, and canoes. When you make your online reservation you will be prompted to choose your own kayak.

Q:  Is there a weight/size limit on your tour?
A:  We can accommodate almost anyone, however, if your larger than normal or smaller than normal, please let us know at the time of making your reservation so we can bring you a size appropriate kayak.

Q: Where does our tour meet? What is the address?
A: We choose between three individual locations based on winds, crowds, and brightness of the bioluminescence. Your guide will contact you the day before your tour and inform you of the meeting location. Only our Parrish Park location has an actual address, it is listed on our website.

Q: What is the deal with "private group tours"?
A: A private group tour is when an individual organizes a large group, communicates with the group, and pays for the entire group. The reward is a private tour that can be run on any day at anytime with a 10% discount. If you are in the hospitality industry, we can run  tours as late as 4:30 am.

Q: I have young children, do you have any age restrictions?
A: No, however, everyone must know how to swim and small children must be accompanied by an adult preferably in a tandem kayak.

Orlando Day Tours

Our day tours are for anyone and require no experience. They are perfect for folks new to the area, tourists that want something better than theme parks, church groups, scout troops, or anyone who interested in learning more about Central Florida’s natural wonders.