Kayaking in Florida during the day time is undeniably beautiful, especially as you explore the Sunshine State's green jungle-like waterways; unsurprisingly though, paddling at night can be just as beautiful, if not more so. BK Adventure in Titusville offers a clear kayak bioluminescence tour under the stars, and you might want to add this to your Florida bucket list.
Normally we hear the word bacteria and get grossed out, but it's technically a microscopic bacteria that create the magic of this beautiful phenomena. Bioluminescence occurs from dinoflagellate plankton, which emits an electric blue light as your paddles gently lap the water.
Even the tips of waves and breaks in the water's surface can glow across the horizon. Sometimes the glow can be nearly continuous if the planktons are particularly active.
It's especially beautiful in the summer when the plankton shine super bright — even better that you're in a clear kayak and can see it through the bottom. Watch the water flow below you and hug your paddles in a spectacular dance of natures glowing blue light.
The tour runs out of the beautiful Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, one of the few places in the world this phenomenon occurs; its seclusion from the light pollution of the city lends great for some starry skies — if it's clear enough you can even see the Milkyway. Time to sharpen up our long exposure photography skills.
Bk Adventure's clear kayak tour runs for an hour and a half at $72 per person. Each clear kayak is tandem, perfect for a cute and romantic date night.
The total weight in the kayak cannot exceed 415 lbs; neither passenger weighing more than 250 lbs. Bk Adventure suggests bringing sunblock, insect repellent, towel, and a water bottle for the most comfortable experience.
An overview of the tour's details can be seen below. If you're looking for more unique Florida adventures, check out these '8 Fun Day Trips Near Orlando This Summer' or add these 13 things to do this summer in Florida to your bucket list.
Clear Kayak Bioluminescence Tour
Price: $72 per person.
Address: 485 N. Washington Ave., Titusville, FL 32796
Meeting place for the tour will be at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge on the Haulover Canal launch.
Hours: You choose the day when you book online.
Standard operating hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
Why You Need To Go: Experience a breathtaking, glowing effect that only happens in a few places around the world as you paddle through the stunning Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. On a super clear night you can see the stars. BK Adventure also offers a tour at Silver Springs, where you can actually see wild monkeys roaming the Florida Jungle.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.