Florida has tons of natural wonders to explore, from land to sea and everything in between. One of the coolest has to be the seasonal bioluminescence that can be seen illuminating the shores with a magical blue glow at night. These photos of Florida’s bioluminescence will make you want to go on a nighttime adventure that will make you feel like you’re in the world of Pandora.
Usually occurring during the warmest months of the year, this breathtaking natural phenomenon is found on Florida’s east coast, with the best spots being Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, Indian River Lagoon, and Banana River.
There are several different organisms that add to the magical blue glow, including comb jellies, Dinoflagellates, and shrimp. The most common are the Dinoflagellate plankton, which multiply in “blooms” and blanket the water.
Usually found in tropical getaways like the Bahamas, coasting through waves of glowing plankton feels like an otherworldly experience.
There are many different ways to experience this Florida wonder, including kayak and SUP tours. And just like viewing the night sky, adventuring out on a new or waning moon is the best time to see the brightest glow!
BK Adventure’s bioluminescent tours are a popular excursion that run several different thrilling tours. You can take the classic bioluminescent tour via SUP board, kayak, or even a special clear kayak, or start your adventure earlier and catch the sunset.
Lake Life Paddle also offers SUP tours through the bioluminescent waters for only $20 if you bring your own board.
Florida Adventurer is another outlet to experience the bioluminescent season through, launching from the Indian River Lagoon and even taking you out during the colder months to see the glowing comb jellies.
There are tons of amazing kayaking spots throughout Florida but paddling through the bioluminescence is certainly a one of a kind experience.
You don’t have to travel out of the country to experience this amazing natural wonder, just grab a kayak and head to Florida’s east coast!
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.