The source of our “LIving Lights” — bioluminescence — is dinoflagellates, single-celled organisms common in marine environments. Each bioluminescent dinoflagellate in our “Living Lights” flashes only a fraction of a second when disturbed by water movement, but 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. Afterwards, 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 begin in August and run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning at 7:30 pm. Private tours are available any day or time for groups of 4 or more. Trip cost is $45. per person + 6.5% Florida sales tax.
We meet at :
2550 N. Banana River Drive
Merritt Island, FL 32952
What You Need To Bring
- Bug Spray
- Clothes that can get wet