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Calypso Kayaking Leaves a Legacy in the Lagoon

By Elisha Neubauer

Phil Galloway always wanted to leave behind a legacy to touch lives in a way no one else could. Little did he know that his desire to do so would lead him to own and operate one of the premier kayaking outfitters in the Cocoa Beach area. Operating as a mobile business, Galloway is able to introduce people from all over the world and from all different walks of life to the beauty and magic that is the Florida waterways by kayak.

Calypso Kayaking was launched in 2010, with no store front or retail space to speak of. Galloway instead opted to operate as a mobile business, traveling to hot spots with his truck and trailer loaded with kayaking supplies. Named for Jacques Cousteau's famous ship, Calypso Kayaks is a unique, exciting way to explore the waterways of the Florida coastline in an eco-friendly, two-hour tour.

"My kayaking Eco tours are a great get away from all the traffic and long lines at the theme parks," says Galloway. "My tours take guests on the Indian River Lagoon, the most diverse ecosystem in the United States." According to Galloway, West Indian Manatees can be seen on his tour for approximately 10 months out of the year, while bottlenose dolphins also tend to make an appearance, as well as many other exotic birds and marine life. "This is a must do if you come to the Orlando/ Cocoa Beach area," he affirms.

Galloway truly believes that kayaking in the lagoon is a great way to see nature. "The lagoon is very shallow so kayaks can go where bigger boats can't," he says. "A lot of marine life lives and breeds in the shallows, and you can get a great view from a kayak or paddle board."

In addition to the teeming wildlife available for guests to see, the lagoon contains no current to paddle against. "This makes it perfect for kayaking for beginners all the way to experts," Galloway explains.

There are several tours available through Calypso Kayaking, which are available in both kayak and paddleboard format, but the most popular tour seems to be the Bioluminescence tour. Available in both paddleboard and traditional kayak, the tour runs from June to September annually. "My most popular tour is my nighttime bioluminescent tour," Galloway tells us. "Plankton grows in large amounts during the summer and these plankton give off a glow of light everybody should see!" He details how it is one of the most amazing things you'll see in your lifetime. He exclaims, "Nature at its best!"

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