Nightime Kayaking Tours

Orlando, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, & Melbourne, Florida!

Guided Night Kayak Tours

Few visitors to the Orlando area are aware of the fact that the Indian River Lagoon is home to truly unique and magical natural phenomena. The nighttime waters glow! During the summer months on the Indian and Banana Rivers every movement in the water produces light! The movement of your paddle or a school of fish leaves a blue-green trail. The movement of manatees and stingrays leave a slow-moving glow. Every movement in the water produces light with bioluminescence. It’s a great time of year for a sunset/evening kayak tour.

Calypso Kayaking also offers a Comb Jelly Bio Kayak Tour. These tours run at night (so you can see them glow), and are offered seasonally – generally December-March. As these jellyfish do prefer the cooler temps provided by this time of the year. These jellies do not sting, but they do give off a bioluminescent green light. You will see them give off sparks of light with every paddle stroke!

We also offer kayak tours on the tranquil moonlit waters of the lagoon. This is a night time excursion where you can relax under the moon and starts with an experienced local guide. It’s quite a memorable experience!

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Comb Jellyfish Night Time Kayaking Tours

Calypso Kayaking offers a Comb Jelly Bio Kayak Tour. These tours run at night (so you can see them glow), and are offered seasonally – generally December-March. As these jellyfish do prefer the cooler temps provided by this time of the year. These jellies do not sting, but they do. give off a bioluminescent green light. You will see them give off sparks of light with every paddle stroke!

The Comb Jelly Bio Kayak Tour

These jellies don’t light up during the day so this is a night tour starting an hour after sunset, about 6:30pm and last for 1.5 hours.  The cost is $35 per person, and reservations are required so book here on the web site or call to make a reservation.

Comb Jellyfish multiply during the winter months here in the Indian River Lagoon. Comb jellies are beautiful, oval-shaped animals with eight rows of tiny comblike plates that they beat to move themselves through the water. As they swim, the comb rows diffract light to produce a shimmering, rainbow effect.

A comb jelly is not actually a jellyfish at all -though both have a similar appearance. Interestingly, they are not even closely-linked relatives. Just like jellyfish however, the comb jelly is a very ancient animal. According to Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the comb jelly is at least 500 million years old.

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Comb Jellyfish in the dark

Bio Luminescent Nighttime Kayak Tours

During the summer month, the Indian River Lagoon comes alive with Bioluminescent Plankton.

Everything that moves in the water creates light! These plankton are called Dinoflagellate — a single-celled organism that collects energy during the day and gives off a cold light at night.

During the summer months these plankton grow in large numbers creating an amazing light show!

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