Bioluminescence Paddle

Trip Overview

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.

Scheduled Trips: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning at 8:30 pm. Private tours are available any day or time  for groups of 5 or more.

Price: $45 per person + 6.5% Florida sales tax


Driving Directions

We meet at :

Kelly Park East

2550 N. Banana River Drive
Merritt Island, FL 32952

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What You Need To Bring

  • Headlamp
  • Bug Spray
  • Wear clothes that can get wet and possibly dirty
  • Rain Jacket, we go rain or shine