Guided kayak tours
Popular Kayak Tours
Tour Pricing & Information
- $50 Sunrise & Morning Tours
- $60 Sunset & Afternoon Tours
- $60 Stargazing & Bioluminescence Tours
- $60 Rocket Launch Kayak Tours
Enjoy a peaceful morning or sunrise cruising through Canaveral National Seashore before the Florida sun heats up the day. Morning & sunrise kayak tours are our favorite for birdwatching, wildlife viewing, photography, and have the best weather for the day. Sunrise & Morning Tours are our calmest and coolest, usually with a gentle ocean breeze over calm coastal waters. These kayak tours launch from within Canaveral National Seashore and have an entrance fee for the United States National Park Service.
Visitors can spend the day on an adventure through the Seashore’s dreamy sprawling beaches and historical sites after their guided kayak tour or enjoy a short free film from the National Park Service about the park. This wild – but extraordinary – stretch of beach is a blessing for history buffs. Historical attractions including colonial remnants, century old buildings from an old Florida ghost town, and ancient Timucuan middens A.K.A indian mounds, including Turtle Mound – the largest in the world – are spotted along guided kayak tours.
The National Park Service entry fee is $20 per vehicle. This guided kayak tour is our best deal for bookings with 2 or more people.
Experience a sunny afternoon that lets you cruise around pristine nationally protected waters and mangrove islands. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon on the water, viewing the hundreds of resident dolphins, or the tropical sunset, this is the tour for you.
Sunrise and Sunset is when we see the most wildlife such as dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, wading birds, and fish. These guided kayak tours offer the best opportunity catch some sun with cooler temperatures and see feeding dolphins, jumping fish, and a tropical sunset.
Evenings bring about a unique sense of life where you can cruise the lagoon on a guided kayak tour to see sunsets or the thousands of plants and animals in the nationally protected waters of Canaveral National Seashore.
These kayak tours happen at night — and with every movement of the kayak, paddle, or animals in the water, the water glows. Each movement creates a blue-green flash of light that lasts almost a second. The water glows constantly around animals like dolphins, manatees, crabs, shrimp, and fish as they swim by or leap from the water like "Flipper."
The most magical experience of all on a kayak tour is from the dolphins. At night, they’re out playing and hunting on the lagoon’s calm protected waters. The dolphins splash, jump, and dash through the water – and with the massive schools of fish in a frenzy to escape, the water glows rapidly, flickering and shimmering that amazing blue-green light from the bioluminescent plankton. One unique feature to Canaveral National Seashore, and a favorite among guests and locals, is the 200-800 common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) that spend their entire lives in the Lagoon.
Night time bioluminescence/stargazing guided kayak tours offer a magical experience the whole family will love with glittering stars overhead and shimmering blue bioluminescence below from comb jellies and dinoflagellate plankton. We’d like to say this is a “once in a lifetime experience” but you can see it regularly on a guided kayak tour with Viking EcoTours.
These spectacular launches over Canaveral National Seashore occur often and are usually on schedule. Our Rocket tour schedule is to be announced soon.
Wildlife in Canaveral National Seashore
Wildlife seen during guided kayak tours
kayak handsfree for photography
Viking EcoTours uses pedal kayaks so exploring Florida’s scenic waterways is accessible, effortless, and fun for everyone. Guests simply pedal through the lagoon with their hands free to take pictures, drink water, splash around, or point out the wildlife through Canaveral National Seashore.
Manatees are seen often from April to early November in Canaveral National Seashore. The manatees are usually spotted eating along the mangroves and islands or surfacing to breath while boating or on a guided kayak tour. Hundreds of manatees enter the park from early spring through late fall to eat the seagrasses, mangroves, and other plants.
One unique feature to Canaveral National Seashore, and a favorite among guests and locals, is the 200-800 common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) that spend their entire lives in the Lagoon. Viking EcoTours provides kayak tours acclaimed for their comfort, accessibility, and expertise by locals and international travelers alike.
Canaveral National Seashore is home to over 10,000 sea turtle nests a year on the beach and many of these thousands of young sea turtles spend their "youth" and "teenage" years in the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon's warm protected waters. We frequently spot sea turtles while they surface to breath near guests on guided kayak tours.
Osprey are some of our favorite animals to see on our guided kayak tours in Canaveral National Seashore. Everything from their dramatic dives to their whistling and chirping calls make these raptors fun to observe and photograph. Many studies have shown osprey catch a fish at least once for every 4 dives and some catch one as much as 70% of the time!
Great Blue Heron
The great blue heron is one of the most frequently spotted birds on our guided kayak tours in Canaveral National Seashore and is the largest heron in North America. We usually see great blue heron perched in trees, mangroves, or in the water waiting to spear fish, crabs, and other small animals.
White and Brown Pelicans can be spotted in Canaveral National Seashore depending on the time of year. White pelicans can be spotted during their long winter migration from as far as the northern rocky mountains in Washington and Idaho. We usually see brown pelicans on our guided kayak tours as they dive and lunge for fish.
We use pedal kayaks so exploring Florida’s scenic waterways is effortless and fun for all ages. Guests simply pedal through the lagoon with their hands free to take pictures, drink water, or point out the wildlife. We create safe, comfortable, and unique experiences while guaranteeing an environmentally friendly excursion. We provide all the tour’s necessities and take care of all the heavy lifting, equipment, safety, and regulations so you can experience nature without worry. Viking EcoTours is a proud partner of Leave No Trace as well as a member of 1% for the Planet and the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism.
We offer the closest kayak tours to Orlando, St. Augustine, Daytona Beach, and New Smyrna Beach where you can see rocket launches, bioluminescence, dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and more.
What our guests are Saying
“Definitely an awesome experience and would recommend for family’s visiting the area or looking to explore!”
“The kayaks were really easy to use, great sightseeing and the overall experience was very enjoyable! Our guide was really informative and helpful and would definitely recommend!”
Eric is such a knowledgeable guide and the absolute best in what he does. You can clearly see he loves sharing his passion for the outdoors.”