HOC Dino Bio Kayak Tour - Haulover Canal Launch


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90 Minute Tour . Central Florida . Family

During the warm summer months the waters of Florida's Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon come alive with single-celled microorganisms called dinoflagellates. Every movement in the water produces a sold-light called bioluminescence! From the swirl of your paddle or the trail of a speeding school of mullet (which look like hundreds of blue-green underwater bottle rockets), to the ghostly glow of a slow moving manatee or sting ray, every movement is illumined. No need to travel to Puerto Rico to see this phenomenon.  It's right here in sunny Central Florida. You will be on the water for 90 minutes. Take the time to read some of the testimonials about this trip on Trip Advisor.

Due to the popularity of this trip the bulk of our kayak fleet are double or two-person kayaks. This and the fact we divide the large tours into three smaller launches allows for safety and manageability and the advantage of the shared experience. The shared memories make the trip all the more enjoyable.

In the winter time check out our Comb Jelly Bioluminescent Tours

Here's a video by Florida on a Tankful on our Bioluminescent Tours.

Have your own boat? Click here to reserve this tour using your own equipment....

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Day 1
  • Our launch site is 20 minutes east of Titusville so plan your travel time accordingly. There is no address. Please follow the driving directions provided on your confirmation.
  • The posted time on your confirmation is your MEET time not your Tour Departure time.
  • Check in with Guides; complete waiver;  gear up
  • Safety meeting; PFD check; brief paddling instruction; kayak assignments
  • Launch kayaks and enjoy a leisurely 90 minute paddle
  • Arrive back at launch; turn in gear; farewell to guides
  • Our guides are mostly college students, teachers and young adults. While gratuities are not expected, they are appreciated.  Our guides work hard for you.  If you feel they have not, feel free to call the office with any constructive criticism.
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Conditions can be extreme here in Florida. It is important to prepare well to gain the best enjoyment from your trip. Your guides are very familiar with your paddling environment and conditions. Feel free to ask any questions you would like in order to understand all you need to be confident about your trip. Please understand, we will not paddle in unsafe conditions including high winds and thunderstorms.

What to Bring...

  • This tour is a night time tour so pass on the hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. But you will need....
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting a little wet. Towel (left in car)
  • Swim suit/shorts & T shirt Cool weather… the same with cover-ups
  • Water Shoes – sandals or Crocs that can be worn in the water
  • Bring an extra change of clothes just in case…
  • Some folks are wearing light long pants & sleeves to ward off mosquitoes if the wind happens to be calm
  • Camera & Dry bag (optional) These are fairly useless to capture bioluminescence, but great for capturing people.
  • Bottled water, Snacks
  • Any special personal paddling gear if you like
  • Bug Repellent - especially if there has been lots of rain
  • Please lock valuables in your trunk (this is more safe)
  • You may bring a flashlight, though we will provide a safety light.

What NOT to Bring...
 A Day Away has a NO Alcohol/Drug Policy.  
A Day Away Inc. reserves the right to refuse service to any patron deemed incapable of paddling due to alcohol or drug abuse prior to their trip.  If an A Day Away employees make a judgment call based on alcohol or drug abuse the patron in question will not be allowed to paddle nor receive a refund for the trip cost.

What to expect…

  • A drive that is 20 minutes east of Titusville out on the Refuge
  • No restroom facilities at the launch site (visitor center is the closest)
  • Just under two hours on the water for a leisurely paddle
  • Expect to get a little wet – depends on you (or possibly your friends)
  • To see lots of wildlife and stretch those muscles a little
  • To learn some basics about paddling and more about local wildlife
  • To actually wear your life vest & whistle
  • Great guides who enjoy their work and keep you safe
  • Lots of outdoor fun and a desire to come back real soon


 Meet Time Location
Haulover Canal Launch

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge FL 32780

 Cancellation Information

A Day Away Inc. reserves the right to deny service to any patron deemed to be an impaired paddler for whatever reason. Your safety and the safety of the group are our highest priority.

Please understand that when a reservation is made with A Day Away, that it is a commitment for us to hold seats for you. We can (and often do) turn away others from that particular date (or tour).  With this in mind we must hold to the following policies:

Included in your reservation is a deposit - For parties of 4 or less this is $3/person and for parties of 5 of more it is 5% of the trip total.  THIS DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE

In the event that you must cancel your reservation, you will be charged as follows:

1. Reservations cancelled 48 hours or more before a scheduled trip will receive a full refund less the deposit, no questions asked.

2. Reservations cancelled within 48 hours of tour departure will be charged full tour price.

3. Groups arriving at time of event with less than the number of participants originally booked will be charged for each no-show at full price.

4. Same day cancellations or "no shows" are charged 100% of total tour price. 

5. Tours will wait for parties “running late” for 15 minutes beyond the published tour time. After that, the tour will launch as scheduled and no refund will be issued.

6. Cancellations will NOT be accepted via email. Please confirm your change in plans by phone. Email is unreliable


Please Know: This is Florida, rain at your location DOES NOT mean rain at our launch site.

Please Know: We will not paddle in unsafe conditions.

Please Know: A Day Away makes the final decision on whether a trip cancels due to weather.

We attempt in all cases to determine prior to your tour launch if weather will impede your trip. However, there are rare occasions where we have launched and weather patterns change suddenly at which time we must return to shore. In this case the following policies apply and each patron is responsible to contact the office to make arrangements.

A Tour is considered COMPLETED if more than 45 minutes or half of the tour time was spent on the water before having to return back to shore due to weather.

If your tour has spent less than 45 minutes or half of the tour time on the water then patrons can:

  • Reschedule with a future trip
  • Receive a Gift Certificate for the full amount applicable to future trips
  • Receive a 50% refund

Where tour is cancelled by A Day Away, Inc before we have launched the kayaks patrons can:

  • Reschedule the same tour on a future date (at no cost)
  • Receive Gift Certificate for the full amount applicable to future tours
  • Cancel completely. Each patron is responsible to contact the office to make arrangements.  When we cancel for weather we DO NOT KEEP the deposit.

A Day Away Inc. is not responsible for any reservation you fail to keep due to weather conditions, road hazards, vehicle breakdowns, personal agenda, or other unforeseen conditions that may hinder your participation in the tour as scheduled. We reserve the right to cancel or modify any trip due to circumstances beyond our control: water fluctuations, weather conditions, insufficient reservations or acts of God. In such cases, we cannot be responsible for paying any expenses you may have incurred other than to refund monies due to you for tour price.

There are no exceptions to these cancellation policies. (321) 268-2655 

Additional Details

Duration:   90 Minute Tour
Category:   Bioluminescence
National Parks and Wildlife
Kayaking (River-Lake)
Destination:   Central Florida
Theme:   Family
Night Time
Seasonal Adventure-Summer
Next Meet Time:   6/12/2017 at 8:45 PM
Skill Level:   Beginner

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Adult:   $36.95 ($39.95 on Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
Young Adult:   $36.95 ($39.95 on Sunday, Friday, Saturday)
Child:   $36.95 ($39.95 on Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

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