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Florida Bioluminescence Kayaking Tour | Haulover canal (Titusville)

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Florida Bioluminescence Kayaking Tour | Haulover canal (Titusville)
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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Prebook to secure the opportunity to see the natural wonder of bioluminescence on an evening kayaking trip on Florida’s Indian River Lagoon or Banana River. Paddle the waters to view the bioluminescence—neon-blue lights caused by dinoflagellate microorganisms. See your paddle illuminate the water, look for fish in the blue-lit shallows, and absorb the otherworldly atmosphere and mangrove scenery. Includes equipment, instruction, and choice of departures for ease.
  • See bioluminescence on a night Indian River Lagoon or Banana River kayak tour
  • Prebook to ensure you see the neon blue lights of tiny river algae
  • See your paddle light the water, view fish, and enjoy the surreal setting
  • Includes equipment, guide, and choice of time slots to make everything easy
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Our bioluminescent kayak tours last for approximately 90 mins. You will get wet to some extent, so plan to bring some towels and wear appropriate footwear.
INCLUDED: KAYAK, PFD, PADDLES AND HAPPY GUIDES
MAX WEIGHT: 300LBS FOR A SINGLE, AND 600LBS FOR A TANDEM
Beverages, bug spray, towels, snacks etc
Haulover Canal Kayak Launch , Haulover Rd SW, Mims, FL 32754, USA

* Please arrive 30 mins prior to tour time. We will begin a safety orientation 15 mins prior to launch time, if you miss the start of orientation, you will miss your tour. VIATOR/ TRIP ADVISOR/ GROUPON USERS, PLEASE EXPAND THE "BEFORE YOU GO" section, FOR GOOGLE MAPS LINK TO THE LAUNCH SITE!

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Our bioluminescent kayak tours last for approximately 90 mins. You will get wet to some extent, so plan to bring some towels and wear appropriate footwear.
  • Peak season is July – October with sightings as late as January
  • LAUNCH SITE: Haulover Canal, Titusville; and Kiwanis Island Park, Merritt Island
  • TRIP LENGTH: 90 MINS
  • COST PER PERSON: $65
  • INCLUDED: KAYAK, PFD, PADDLES AND HAPPY GUIDES
  • MAX WEIGHT: 300LBS FOR A SINGLE, AND 600LBS FOR A TANDEM
  • AGE RANGE: 5+
  • SUGGESTIONS TO BRING: AQUATIC FOOTWEAR, BUG SPRAY, TOWEL, SUNSCREEN, CASH FOR TIPS (optional), AND A WATER BOTTLE
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Florida Adventurer - Bioluminescent Kayaking
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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star-5
Amazing!
Sydney_S
, May 2022
We had an amazing time kayaking under the stars with the bioluminescence shining brightly underneath us. Josh was very educational and friendly and kept us all safe!
star-5
Fun experience
Christopher_G
, May 2022
Fun time on the water and the instructors were very nice. They took the time to explain kayaking before going out. Peaceful at night!
star-5
Amazing time on the...
Andy_R
, May 2022
Amazing time on the water. I would recommend the 10pm booking to get a better experience. The three women that guided us were amazing and very knowledgeable.
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Want a refund
Anne_T
, Apr 2022
1. It was unsafe. We lost two members of the kayak group. 2. Two guides argued about the route to take. 3. The two guides commented to each other that we were uncooperative. 4. While on the water, we ended up nowhere near or guides. They both put out infomaton that changed. 5. Some of the group got frustrated with confusion and a couple of kids were crying, which was ignored by the guides. 6. The briefing for paddle instructions was good. However there were no instructions on if the kayak tipped or how to get out. 6. There were no weather advisories regarding high winds or the strong current we experienced. There was no mention of a chance that there would be no bioluminescence present. When I asked, the guide said keep padding . We never saw what we traveled 250 miles each way to see. It was wet, cold, and dangerous. With nothing to see. I complained about my back spasmming and they said keep padding! Other reviewers also commenting on seeing but we were not told thi! Everyone in our group felt the same. We want a full refund for our group. You may contact me at this number to make it right
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello, and thank you for paddling w/us and leaving a review. Let's go thru these 1 by 1. You chose a bioluminescent kayak tour. You say you read our website, so you then you know there are 2 seasons of bioluminescence and you happen to come between the 2 seasons changing, so neither is at peak viability. We do not conrotl the weather. Not everyday in Florida will be a postcard. You said we gave a good orientation, if you were unable to paddle w/the group, then it's a personal issue, ad the rest of the group that you couldn't keep up with had the same instructions. We do not use "sit in" kayaks, so if you roll over in our kayaks, you are automatically ejected and can stand up. Not something we typically spend much time on. If you were falling behind while asking more questions than paddling, it makes sense for your guide to have asked you to keep paddling. We can not speak to you speaking for other guests. Unfortunately we do not refund for any of these issue you encountered. Thank you for paddling with us. We suggest thoroughly checking the weather forecast, or call us prior to booking and we can help advise you about the booking window you're considering.
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Unhappy travelers
Thomas_W
, Apr 2022
Could not understand tour guide, kept everyone on top of each other, nothing to see, just dark and lots of mosquitoes. Would not recommend, should not do tours when out of season, should be closed
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello and thank you for your review. This is a kayak tour through the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. We do keep everyone in a group, since it's a group tour. We can not have guests paddling willie nillie through our wildlife refuge at night by themselves, that would reckless endangerment. So yes we do have 2 seasons of bioluminescence in Florida, unfortunately it sounds like you may not have read about our season thoroughly. We have a cooler season (Bioluminescent Comb jelly-fish) and a warmer season (dinoflagelatte plankton). Wind will play a role in visibility w/the jellyfish. We can not control the day/evening that you made your reservation. Unless a wind advisory is issued, our tours will still go out as there are still a multitude of things to see and explore and people spend weeks looking forward to thier tour. So we do not take canceling tours lightly, we will do our best to ensure all tours go out safely. As our website states, we do not/can not guarantee nature. I hope this helps bring you some understanding as to why are tours are not closed.
star-4
We really enjoyed the...
Lilli_V
, Apr 2022
We really enjoyed the kayaking, just wish "we only go as fast as the slowest kayak" would have be more accurate. Six kayaks and the guide went so fast that three of us plus the other two guides lost site of them and went a ways the wrong way. Thanks to Mike and Tyler we finally got turned back around and found the group. Unfortunately we missed the dolphin but did see the bioluminescent jelly fish.
star-3
Mesmerizing night
Victoria_J
, Mar 2022
The full moon was beautiful. Kayaking by the light if the moon and the stars with a cool breeze was absolutely mesmerizing. Unfortunately, due to construction we weren’t able to go to the Haulover canal. We went off season on the wrong days, but it fit our schedule. I would recommend going in season in the 13-day window for the best experience. Erin & Mike did a terrific job.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Tatiana_S
, Mar 2022
I don’t remember the girl tour guides name, but she was very knowledgeable about the wild marine life! Learned a lot and hear a couple dolphins !
star-5
Great learning experience
Paul_M
, Feb 2022
Josiah was a knowledgeable tour guide. Great communication from hosts once the tour was booked. Weather was great. We saw only a few jellies but still a great experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Beautiful!
Lori_T
, Dec 2021
Erin was a great tour guide! The jellies were just the tip of what we saw. We saw a manatee come up for air, several herons a raccoon and as we were leaving dolphins jumping. The night sky was amazing.!
star-5
A night under the stars
chris_h
, Dec 2021
Our tour guides Josiah and Emily (I could have her name wrong) really made it a fun experience for us we learned a lot about the area the bioluminescence life forms and we got to see some crabs, string rays and from a distance bird island. Very fun trip.
star-5
A damn great tour!!
Joey_R
, Dec 2021
Did a Christmas Eve tour and the staff was amazing. Our guide, Erin, was awesome and knowledgeable and supremely patient. Would def go again!!! The bio bay was very active, the dolphins and birds around were bonuses!
star-5
Fantastic from start to...
Melanie_S
, Dec 2021
Fantastic from start to finish! Thank you Guy for providing such an amazing experience! The tour was an exceptional experience for all of us!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Loved It!
Kelly_B
, Oct 2021
Chance was great! Fantastic experience of a lifetime! (Make sure you bring plenty of Deep Woods mosquito spray…. They are EVERYWHERE!) other than that so awesome!
star-5
I’d like to start with...
Jessica_P
, Sep 2021
I’d like to start with how informative, intelligent, kind and comforting our guide, Guy, was throughout the entire tour. I had brought my mom for her 57th bday and after a few splashes nearby she was slightly intimated as we had never been kayaking or in the water at night. He attempted to ease her anxieties while on the way back while still making it an interesting learning experience for myself. I will definitely be returning!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome
Ricardo_V
, Sep 2021
We had such a good time. It's a must. Our tour Guy explained to us everything he took care of us. Definitely goig back.
star-5
super nice
Slava_R
, Sep 2021
It was super nice. We took a midnight tour, so it was very dark, and it allowed us to enjoy bioluminescence. The tour guide was very nice and knowledgeble. Just as a suggestion (take bug spray, cause there are a lot of mosquitos, if no wind)...
star-5
DEFINITELY DO IT
Tristin_T
, Aug 2021
Chris was our tour guide and it was just an AMAZING overall experience. One of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. He was very fun, easy going, and knowledgeable about many things! The bioluminescence was so bright and just truly amazing. We did the 10pm tour and we got to see tons of dolphins, manatees, fish, and birds. Really really cool experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Absolutely Amazing!
Amy_D
, Jul 2021
The guides were informative and fun (Will and Kasey), the bioluminescence was absolutely amazing, experiencing wildlife such as jellyfish, grey heron, various fish and an alligator just topped the trip off as a once in a lifetime opportunity… two thumbs up!
star-5
Awesome time
LaTrisha_N
, Jul 2021
It was pretty awesome. The guides were great. Guy and Jackson. I can't remember the 3rd person's name but they were all great.

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