Bioluminescence is Magic on Florida’s Space Coast
Summers on the Space Coast are truly out-of-this-world. From June to October, the waters of the Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River, and Indian River Lagoon come alive with bioluminescence. Glittering dinoflagellates and pulsing Comb Jellies, create mystical light shows that you can see for yourself when you embark on a kayak excursion from one of the many guided tours here on our coast. This natural phenomenon is an inexplicable experience that you’ll have to see to believe. If you’ve never witnessed water shining like the stars in the night sky, book a summer trip to the Space Coast now and cross one more thing off your bucket list.
What’s Bioluminescence Like?
What Causes Bioluminescence?
Anything and everything that comes in contact with the bioluminescent dinoflagellates in the Lagoon emits a green-blue glow you’ll never forget. Every stroke of the paddle, every move made by the mullet, manatees, and dolphins below the surface becomes a mesmerizing spectacle that you can only experience a few places in the world.
Bioluminescence season can begin as early as late May or June, but the peak of the bioluminescence season is between July and September. Booking your tour during a new moon will amplify the glittering water and shimmering stars. Other factors that may affect the glow are rain and storms. Rainwater can dilute the effects of the bioluminescence. When booking your trip, make sure to ask the guides what the conditions are like. They will always do their best to bring you to where it’s most brilliant.
Bioluminescent Tours on the Space Coast
Space Coast tour operators gear up for bioluminescence season every year. No matter if you’re paddling a kayak or relaxing on a pontoon, any tour you take will be the most memorable part of your Space Coast summer vacation. Knowledgeable operators guide you through various parts of the lagoon to secluded spots known for fish and wildlife activity. As your kayak and the wildlife move through their native habitat, an explosion of activity lights up the water and reveals the magical world just beneath the surface. You’ll never experience something quite like it.
Check tour availability with each operator, and make sure you book your excursion in advance. They often sell out.
Top Tips for Planning for a Bioluminescence Tour
- Bring and wear INSECT REPELLANT, the Mosquito Lagoon lives up to its name.
- You may get wet, dress accordingly & bring a change of clothes for the ride back to your hotel or vacation rental.
- Bring water and snacks for kids, tours last about an hour.
- Eat before you go, most restaurants will be closed by the time your tour is over.
- Your camera may not be able to capture the beauty of bioluminescence. It’s ok to put your phone down and enjoy the moment.
- For most tours, children must be 5 years or older to participate – when booking ask your tour operator for exceptions.
Start planning now for a summer excursion to the Space Coast for truly one of the most magical getaways you’ll ever experience.