This year we have done an astonishing number of Bioluminescent Kayak Tours or as we call them “Bio Tours”. These guided kayak tours offer our guests a chance to see the wonders of nature late at night from the seat of a kayak.

Bioluminescence by definition is the biochemical emission of light by living organisms like fireflies as an example. What we are technically seeing in the water on our Bio Tours is Phosphorescence, which is typically caused by algae growth in the water. The various species of algae emit a brief bright light glow effect whenever they are activated by mechanical stimulation in the water.

Phosphorescence is similar to fluorescence except that it is more stable, so the energy is released over a longer duration, resulting in a glow after the light has been removed. This is similar to how glow-in-the-dark stickers work.

To learn about Phosphorescence and other interesting facts, join us on a Kayak Tour with one of our amazing guides!

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