Where is this tour: We take you to the Banana River near Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral just 1 hour from Orlando for this amazing nighttime bioluminescence tour. We call it “Bio Bay!”
Who would love this: This is for people who want to experience the magnificence of Florida’s bio bay, but do not want to kayak. It’s great for families with smaller children or those who feel more comfortable in a bigger boat than a kayak. Paddle rafts are very buoyant and sturdy, so they are fun for people of all ages and abilities. The rafts are steered by our professional rafting guides, so you can leave the steering to us! (But we do ask you help paddle, and the water will glow with lighted dinoflagellates). If you want a smaller boat try our Clear Kayaks Bioluminescent Tour, or the Bioluminescent Kayaking Tour
When to go: June – October are the best times for this tour. Since space on rafts is limited, please book in advance. BK’s Bio tours tend to sell out.
Bioluminescent Tours depart: nightly summer and have multiple start times. This is a “must do” Florida tour!
How to book: Simply click on the orange “book now” button on this page, and follow the prompts. For same day bookings, or special options, just give us a call (407-519-8711). We are happy to help you, and often last minute bookings can be arranged.
Duration: 90 minutes
Price: $55 per person
Includes: pfd, guides, fun, and paddle.
Age range: 4+
What You Should Bring: Insect repellent, towel and water bottle. Plan to get wet; you may need a change of clothes.
Moon Notice: Moonlight effects this tour and how brightly you will see bioluminescence. The less moonlight, the brighter the bioluminous sea creatures will appear. Please check the Moon Calendar before booking. New moons for 2018 are Jun 13, Jul 13, Aug 11, Sep 9, Oct 9, Nov 7, and Dec 7.
The photos used for bioluminescence must be taken in absolutely perfect condition. Remember, bioluminescence is light created by living creatures. Like anything in nature, it can be hard to capture. Photos of bioluminescence are taken in perfect conditions at the height of the season. Your tour may feature comb jellies, or plankton that are not as concentrated as the would be in mid- July to mid-September. For more about seeing bioluminescence, read about it here.
Many kayaking companies in the area get as many people out on the water as possible. They use two person sit on top kayaks, with group size of about 60 people. At BK Adventure Eco Tours, we like keep our groups smaller to give you a more intimate feel with the nature around us. We think this creates a better outdoor experience. Join us for an exploration of the bioluminescent Indian River Lagoon in one of Florida’s most eco-diverse rivers. On very dark nights, the water glows with each stroke of your kayak paddle.
BK Adventure has many guides who are trained biologist who specialize in Florida ecology. They love to answer your questions about marine life, birds and nature. In summer, our tour at Kelly Park (Merritt Island, Florida) is the closest and most convenient kayak launch for Bio Bay tour near Orlando and Cape Canaveral. It is just 5 minutes from Port Canaveral Cruises and 45 minutes from Disney and Universal area.
The Indian River Lagoon is an estuary that is fed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean making it a unique natural habitat. The high salt content in the water here makes it a perfect home for dinoflagellates which create a natural light to protect themselves. This neon light produced by these tiny sea plankton is called bioluminescence. However, they are not the only marine life that create bioluminescence. As mentioned, there are bioluminescent jellies, squid, and plant life in the ocean.
Florida has more endangered or threatened species than any other state. The Indian River is home to 36 rare or endangered wildlife. The West Indian Manatee is one of them. Manatees love this river because of the abundance of seagrass beds.
Other rare wildlife you are likely to see are: Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Loggerhead Turtles, Blue Crabs, Seahorse, Otters, Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tri-Colored Heron and Bald Eagles.
BK Adventure does biking eco tours and Bioluminescence tours in Florida near Orlando, Cocoa Beach, Port Canaveral, Disney Area, and Ocala. They also do tours in Asia with Hardcore Nepal and TREKT Himalaya.
When you support BK Adventure and its affiliate brands, you help marginalized youths in Nepal to have a better life. Read more about our Dalit Training Program here.
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