ABOUT COCOA KAYAKING
Cocoa Kayaking tours are a way for family members of all ages to enjoy the ocean and its waterways comfortably and efficiently. We offer safe guided tours through the Thousand Islands in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and through the Wildlife Refuge in the Haulover Canal in Titusville, Florida!
Come relax and escape with us as you paddle in the vicinity of approximately 4,500 animal and plant species. Animals that you may see on your adventure paddle through the Thousand Islands estuary include the Indian River Lagoon bottlenose dolphins, endangered Florida manatees, and native as well as migratory birds!
The Thousand Islands also offer us an opportunity to travel through Florida’s beautiful and exotic mangrove tunnels! We paddle across Florida’s unbelievable and indescribable scenery, an experience that you simply can not get anywhere else!
Our guides are all professionally trained and come with knowledge of the waterways as well as the animal and plant species that you may come across. Relax, learn, and explore as you paddle! All our guides are trained and certified in First Aid, CPR, AED, and kayak rescue. SAFETY FIRST!
Beginner to advanced-level paddlers are welcome. No kayaking experience is needed! Our tours offer a safe environment and a more personal tour for a one-on-one guiding experience through the waterways. We give you instructions while on dry land before we head out into the water. If you need additional assistance once in the water, we will paddle at a leisurely pace and help instruct you through the tour.
ONLY BRAND-NEW GEAR
We offer single and tandem (2 seaters) Wilderness System kayaks, single and tandem Perception sit-on-top kayaks, and Tava stand-up paddleboards on our guided tours. All of our kayaks have contoured adjustable seats for comfort as you paddle.
Our single kayaks have a weight limit of 250 lbs and our tandem kayaks have a weight limit of 600 lbs. Football single kayaks with a weight limit of 600 lbs are available at our Wildlife Refuge kayak launch site in Titusville. Our stand-up paddleboards have a weight limit of 300 lbs.
Cocoa Kayaking strives for comfort on the waterways. We use ONYX fishing lifejackets to help ease back comfort as you paddle along the waterways of Florida. Dry bags and cell phone dry cases are available for all guided kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours.
HOW IT WORKS
We offer tours at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. for the Thousand Islands of Cocoa Beach, Florida. and 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. for our Wildlife Refuge Haulover Canal Tour in Titusville, Florida. Sunset tours are also available at all our locations around current sunset times.
Waivers may be filled out ahead of time, and we email them to you prior to your assigned kayak tour. Waivers are also available upon arrival through our electronic system. Custom tour times are available upon request to accommodate cruises and travel schedules.
All photos are emailed to Cocoa Kayaking guests within 48 hours after the tour. Photos will then be available for up to 60 days after your assigned tour for your convenience. All photos are FREE.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT SEE ON YOUR KAYAK TOUR
WEST INDIAN MANATEES
West Indian Manatee Off Season: November 15th – March 15th. West Indian manatees, formally nicknamed “sea cows.” can be seen throughout the year; however, there is a stronger chance of seeing them around our warmer months.
West Indian manatees travel in waters 68 degrees F or warmer. Once the water reaches 68 degrees F or lower, they will migrate to warmer locations throughout Florida. Freshwater artisan springs pour out along the sea walls of the waterway houses along the Thousand Islands of Cocoa Beach, Florida. This attracts West Indian manatees due to the fact that it is important for them to stay hydrated by drinking fresh water at least every one to two weeks. This helps increase our chance of seeing a West Indian manatee while paddling through the Thousand Islands of Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Enjoy one of our daytime, sunset, or bioluminescence tours along the Banana River in the Thousand Islands and experience the beauty of mangrove tunnels! Learn about and kayak beside the red, white, and black mangroves of the Thousand Islands. Join our professional guides on a tour while they navigate and share their knowledge about how the mangroves survive in the brackish water and their importance!
The cannonball Jellyfish is a species of the family Stomolophidae. This jellyfish is also known as the cabbagehead jellyfish. These type of jellyfish can mainly be found along the shore line and in estuaries. You will find these beauties on our Wildlife Refuge tours in Titusville.
Regularly seen at our Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island and Titusville, Florida locations.
Regularly seen at our Wildlife Refuge Tours in Titusville, Florida.
Seen at our Wildlife Refuge Tours in Titusville, Florida.
Bottlenose dolphins gravitate towards the Banana River due to the warm waterways. While paddling in the area, we often get to see them travel in their pods. Bottlenose dolphins travel in pods of 10 to 20.
Dolphins they track their prey through the expert use of echolocation. These amazing marine animals can make up to 1,000 clicking noises per second! The sounds travel under the water and back to the dolphin, giving them the location, size, and shape of their specified target. Bottom-dwelling fish are their usual food of choice, but they will also eat shrimp and squid. At times, you may even be able to catch them surfing the wake of a fishing boat hoping to catch any leftovers!
These marine animals will travel 24 hours a day at 18-22 miles per hour, turning off one side of their brain at a time to rest. This gives us a strong chance of seeing a bottlenose dolphin! The best time to see them gliding through the waterway is in the mornings, but they have been spotted throughout the day, including on bioluminescence tours!
A few of the birds that you may encounter on one of Cocoa kayaking’s tours are great blue herons, wood storks, ibis, roseate spoonbills, herons, brown pelicans, snowy egrets, American white ibis, little blue herons, sandhill cranes, tricolored herons, great egrets, anhingas, and green herons, so be on the lookout!
BIOLUMINESCENT COMB JELLIES
These beauties are truly a natural phenomenon! They are quite prehistoric. Translucent to our eyes during the day and vibrantly glowing at night. What makes them glow you may ask? It is how they defend themselves. They have multiple rings around their body that glow. With their oxidation lucferian process they are able to glow anytime they feel needed. These prehistoric jellies only live a few years and travel in colonies. They eat smaller fish and will eat each other. The Bioluminescent Comb Jellies can be found on our daytime and sunset tours at our locations in the Thousand Islands of Cocoa Beach and Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida. However, once night falls, our eyes adjust and are able to see their bioluminescent defense glow. Book our Thousand Islands Mangrove Tunnel Bioluminescent Comb Jelly Sunset Kayak Tour today! Imagine, fire flies that GLOW in the dark! Grab a fishnet on this tour and watch the magic come to life!
Regularly seen on our Wildlife Refuge Tours in Titusville, Florida.
Seen at on our Wildlife Refuge Tours and Cocoa Beach Tours in Florida.
Found mainly on our Wildlife Refuge Tours in Titusville, Florida.
We offer a discount of $5 off for first responders (Florida License/Nurses/Military/Teacher/Police/Fire Fighters/Medics/Seniors), active duty, and retired military members. Please bring your ID so that we can honor your discount. If you do not see a tour available on the day that you would like to join us, please call as we do have additional tours available. Private tours for 30 or more people are available upon request. Please call our Cocoa Beach location at 808.798.6630 for inquiries about booking a tour and/or email at [email protected] for more information!
We accept exact cash or card payments. Cards are accepted when you book online and/or through our Square system upon arrival. If you choose to book your reservation over the phone instead of online, you have the option of paying with a card at the time of booking or paying with cash/card upon arrival of your tour. Please bring exact cash if your party chooses to pay with cash. If you choose to pay with cash upon arrival. we will secure your credit card number on the phone to hold your seats per our 48-hour cancellation policy.
**Gratuity is not included but can be added to your credit card if you wish.**
At Cocoa Kayaking, we have a 48-hour cancellation policy. We understand that sometimes plans change or things pop up, so if you do need to cancel your reservation for any reason or change the number of people in your party, please let us know at least 48 hours ahead of time. Your tour can be changed by phone or email, but we recommend calling to confirm. If your party are no-shows for your tour, you will be charged the full price for the tour. With no-shows, we still have to pay our guides.
Unfortunately, we cannot always get sunny days. Please understand that your safety is our first priority and responsibility, and if severe weather is possible for your tour day, we will not run the tour. We monitor the weather forecast carefully to ensure the safety of our guests. If we do ever need to cancel your tour due to weather, you will receive notification from us at least 1-3 hours before your scheduled tour. You will not be charged for the cancellation and will be given the opportunity to reschedule for a later date and/or receive a full refund. (Please allow one to four business days for your full refund to process. This is due to our system when booking online.)