Glowing Caribbean Waters
Duration: Half Day
If you want to do something unique during your holiday in the Caribbean, a Glow Worm Cruise is the tour to embark on. Glow Worms are one of nature’s rare phenomena, and if you are visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands at the right time, this unforgettable trip will both surprise and delight you.
Cruises in the Caribbean are always popular, and the Turks and Caicos Islands is a paradise destination just waiting to be explored by sea. Located approximately 30 miles from the Bahamas, the islands are separated into two groups of tropical islands, surrounded by sparkling, clear tropical waters. Some of the world’s most beautiful beaches can be found here, so cruising along the coastline is a must. If you want to take a night cruise, however, there is one tour that stands out above the rest − the Glow Worm Cruise. This cruise is available every month, but only from two-six nights after the full moon, so not everyone holidaying in the Turks and Caicos Islands will get a chance to experience it. 30 minutes before sunset, we will sail through the waters of the Caribbean to the Caicos banks, where you wait silently for an awe-inspiring event to unfold before you.
Less than an hour after sunset, swarms of tiny invertebrates known as the marine glow worm Odontosyllis perform a unique and fascinating illuminating mating ritual. Triggered by the light of the waning moon, this sparkling, romantic light show starts with the female worm spiralling through the water, emitting a vibrant green luminescence as she releases an egg mass, which then floats to the surface. The smaller male worm, which is also glowing, then swims up to where the female is circling and fertilizes the eggs. Before he finds the eggs, though, he darts around looking for the mass. This can only be described as a zig-zag dance, which causes an even brighter glow, illuminating the sea with pools of swirling light. This magical sight has to be seen to be truly appreciated. Some people believe that the male worm dies and sinks to the bottom of the sea after spawning, although it hasn’t been proved. This mesmerising ritual lasts approximately 15 minutes.
The glow worm spawning cycle is dictated by lunar patterns, so if you are on holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands several days after a full moon, this rare and magical natural phenomenon should not be missed.
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