By: Jess Anthony
Few things create a greater sense of awe than kayaking in bioluminescence. These beautiful waters are scattered across the globe, you just need to know where to look. Pack up your Oru and start searching for plane tickets!
Pro tips to keep in mind:
The Indian River Lagoon is home to bioluminescent jellyfish don’t just emit the same-old blue-green glow — that scatter their light like a prism, shooting brilliant rainbows over the water.
Bioluminescent algae creates red ocean waves during the day and neon blue ocean waves at night. It can be toxic, so look but don’t touch!
Photo credit: @palmaaaa
Kayaking through mangroves filled with bioluminescent dinoflagellates that react to motion, lets off an array of tiny blue shooting stars.
This island has glowing ocean plankton you can swim with. Every ripple creates a wake of twinkling lights.
Photo credit: @marcocervee
Another swimming and kayaking spot on the Indian ocean. These tiny shrimps maintain their glow for longer than the average bioluminescent animal.
Photo credit: @jennielovesnature
The Luminous Lagoon is one of the brightest in the world due to its steady warm climate. You can see fish swim through the water leaving a trail of glittering stardust.
This bay in Vietnam also has bioluminescence activated by movement. Paddling through the water leaves a glowing wake.
At low tide, you can see an algae that glows red and blue. The best time to see it is between July and September!
Photo credit: @damontighe
Lake Merritt is just around the corner from Oru Kayak headquarters and sometimes home to bioluminescent algae.