We did a post last year on this phenomenon listing various locations around the world and the seasons for best results in experiencing this occurrence. This is now happing year round in the Indian River Lagoon in east central Florida.
Its Called Bioluminescence
If you’ve never experienced the magical liquid light show that comes from bioluminescent, we encourage you to join a night kayaking tour in Florida and experience this other-worldly phenomenon for yourself. A scientific wonder where the water produces hundreds of blue-green illuminated lights, Florida’s warm summers is the perfect time to go on a night kayak tour to gawk at this cloud of living light.
The glow is caused by plankton along with other species as well that display this ability. There are over 1,500 types of fish that luminesce like jellyfish, sea stars and certain types of sharks. Most luminescent creatures live in a warm water environment, a few live on land. Can anyone say fireflies.
Because the waterways here are surrounded by Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore, this particular part of our region is devoid of most outside light sources. That makes it an excellent place to see bioluminescence.
One of my favorite places to see this summer glow is an easy paddle from Bairs Cove, from the boat ramp located on the southwest side of the canal.
From this ramp, paddle east through the canal. It is important to be a strong paddler, since the current in the cut is very strong during tidal shifts.
As you paddle through Haulover Canal, you’ll pass under the drawbridge and past the Manatee Observation Deck. Look for an opening on the north side of the canal, to your left.
This opening will lead you into a large and semi-protected flats area. When the Intracoastal Waterway was dredged, the Army Corps of Engineers created a row of spoil islands. These islands shield these shallows from the deeper waters of the lagoon.
OK LETS GO!
The best time to see the bioluminescent is five days after the full moon in warm summer months when the skies are dark, from mid-May through early October. Yet still viewable year round.
On the tour, you’re given a life jacket, whistle and glow stick, with safety precautions taken seriously.
These are the best tours/guides that we’ve found and used. Make sure you reserve well before you visit, they tend to fill up fast, The links are below. For some reason if you book on tripAdvisor you save $10.00
Fly into Melbourne International Airport
Its 37 miles from The Indian River Lagoon area.
American and Delta are the larger carriers that hub here.
For the best fares and routes use the AIRFAREWATCHDOG link below. You can even punch in desired flight cost and it will search for you and even alert you if price drops before you depart.
Would you stay here for $75 Per Night – Sleeps 4 to 6 across the street from beach. LetsGoCheepNow.com
Link to this condo below…
YOU WILL LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS PLACE AND THE EXPERIENCE!
ENJOY AND HAPPY TRAVELS!