Bioluminescence Paddle, May - October

Bioluminescence Status:
Favorable bioluminescent conditions expected May - October

Bioluminescence Trips: 
Tours go out 7 nights
a week at 9:00 PM and
11:00 PM.

Tours are also available at 8:30 PM and 10:30 PM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

Meeting Locations

$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
Gratuity to the guide is customary and highly appreciated.
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 14 guests, this way you can get lost in thought, not lost in a crowd.

  • We offer both single kayaks and tandem kayaks. You choose 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 10 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.

Get on FL-528 E

Follow FL-528 E to FL-407 N in Brevard County. Take exit 37 from FL-528 E

Get on I-95 N

Follow I-95 N to Deering Pkwy.

Take exit 231 from I-95 N

Take US-1 S to Huntington Ave

Here at Adventures in Florida we do more than just kayak Florida’s rivers, we do our best to help protect them. If one of our tours inspired you to do more for the preservation of Florida’s wild spaces here is who to contact to get involved:

Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program

Save The Indian River Lagoon


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 gratuities to the guides included. 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.

Many of Central Florida’s hidden natural wonders are best experienced by kayak or canoe. Just beyond the hustle and bustle of life in the Orlando area lay crystal clear springs, tropical swamps teeming with life, and gorgeous undisturbed wild and scenic rivers... Adventures in Florida specializes in bringing you to those places! Paddling with our skilled tour guides ensures you will have a safe, entertaining, and informative adventure. Whether you're visiting Orlando or you’re a local, come experience the REAL Florida with us! Kayak day tours require no kayaking experience. Private tours are available. For those seeking more adventure than can be had in a day, be sure to check out our Extended Expeditions.

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