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“Mondo Combo Manatee/ Refuge/Bio Trip”

A Day Away Kayak Tours
Ranked #1 of 12 Tours in Titusville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A Day Away Kayak Tours is passionate about reconnecting man with nature and each other. We offer tours seven days a week at various sites across Central Florida, and most of our tours take place on the Merritt Isalad National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most diverse estuaries in North America. We frequently encounter manatees, dolphins and a large variety of birds. Enjoy the natural beauty of Florida with the best possible paddling experience at the best price available.
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Missouri
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Mondo Combo Manatee/ Refuge/Bio Trip”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

This was an awesome experience. A real exciting adventure. Our tour guide Justin was the best, very informative about the manatee's and the different forms of bioluminescence. This was overall a great experience. We had manatees all around us, then we kayaked out to Bird Island. Then it was off to see the bioluminescence aka glow in the dark jellyfish and other glowing creatures. We highly recommend this tour and our guide Justin.

Visited September 2012
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Vero Beach, Florida
2 reviews
“BIOLUMINESENCE TOUR”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

What a great adventure!! We did the bioluminesence tour and it was great, and we will go back and do their other tours. The staff John and Missy were great!!! The stars were out! The Mullet were jumping!! and the Bios were glowin!!! This really is a rare thing to see. They take care of everything, the kayaks, the vest, lights, all of it. We were so impress with all of it. Should be on everyones bucket list!

Visited August 2012
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Clearwater, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Love this so much we have done it twice”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

The staff and guides are great and really know their stuff. We have done this trip twice, in 2008 and again in 2012. The 2008 trip was better as the bio was really going that night. It was so bright. I know they can not control the quality of what is a wild animal. I will say the only thing that miffed me on the trip was that the delay as we were waiting for one person who was late. My husband and I and may others showed up 15 to 30 minutes early as we were asked so I was upset at having to wait over 20 extra minutes. over all a great trip and I tell everyone that they have to try it.

Visited August 2012
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Boston, MA
Level 5 Contributor
80 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellent adventure!”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

We took the night time tour to see the bioluminescence. It was a fabulous adventure! There were two adults and two 13 year olds in our party and we rented two double kayaks. The guides, Justin and Ashley, were great teachers and very informative. Since you are in the dark, it is easy to bump into other kayakers and get them and yourselves wet so just keep a good sense of humor! It's all worth it when you see sparks flying off your oars and fingers. The water is just magical!! Of all the adventures we took with our teens in Florida, this trip was at the very top. Be prepared to get wet, get tired from the rowing but be very impressed! With any luck you will encounter a manatee too! Ships ahoy!

Visited August 2012
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East Brunswick, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Bio tour”
Reviewed July 31, 2012

Witnessing bioluminescence (the emission of light by an organism, in this case, algae) was amazing. While the level of bio was not very high the night we went, it was still well worth the trip to see this phenomenon and the experience of paddling under a canopy of stars. There was a small gator near us, which was both terrifying and exhilarating in such a dark location. The jumping mullets provided constant entertainment as they stirred up the bio and looked like little fireworks shooting up from the water. We ended up with two of these little fish in our kayak, much to our amusement. Because this is a remote, wild location, listen to the instructions on the tour website--wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants, and bring and apply more mosquito spray than you probably ever have before. There is a reason this place is called Mosquito Lagoon! Wear aqua shoes, as the launch area the night we were there was full of thick, smelly muck. We ended up throwing our shoes away because of the stench. Bring bottled water just in case you need to cleanup before getting back into your vehicle. Bring a change of clothes, just in case. There are no bathrooms at the launch site, although there are porta-johns at the large boat launch nearby. Since the website said that this tour was appropriate for beginners, I was not expecting the moderately strong current in the canal on the way back from the Lagoon and ended up falling way behind the lead guide and the more experienced paddlers. Even so, I would absolutely take this tour again and highly recommend this experience for those with an adventuresome spirit.

Visited July 2012
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