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Luminous Lagoon Cruise

Duration: Half Day

Luminous Lagoon Cruise

The beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica is renowned for its exquisite natural treasures, which attract travellers from far and wide. This tour will take you to the Luminous Lagoon, one of the island’s most spectacular natural wonders. Watch the water light up before you as you float through the lagoon at night. This is an incredible experience not to be missed.

The Luminous Lagoon (also known as Glistening Waters) stretches along the marshlands from the small community of Rock to the town of Falmouth, Trelawny. After dusk you will make your way by boat from the Glistening Waters Marina to experience the beauty of the lagoon at night. Here you will witness something magical that continues to awe scientists and visitors alike. Surrounded by mangroves, the lagoon is home to millions of tiny micro-organisms that emit a flash of phosphorescent light when the water is disturbed at night. This occurs when energy is released by a chemical reaction – the correct term being "bioluminescence”.

Jamaica’s Luminous Lagoon is apparently one of only four places in the world where micro-organisms live and create this spectacular natural phenomenon, thriving where both salt and fresh water mix. Out of the four, the Luminous Lagoon is believed to be the brightest in the world. This is probably due to the fact that it hosts one of the world's largest concentrations of micro-organisms and they glow brightest in shallow, warm water. The lagoon is approximately 3-4 feet deep and only 8 feet at its deepest point, so the conditions are ideal.

Your guide will explain the process as your boat arrives at the mouth of the lagoon, where the Martha Brae River meets the Caribbean Sea. As you glide through the water you can witness the magic for yourself as the boat creates a fluorescent wake. Watching closely, you will be able to see the outlines of fish and streaks of light as they swim and dart about under the surface. Throughout the tour, your guide will recount the lagoon’s facts and tales.

The highlight of the tour is being able to actually swim in the lagoon when the boat anchors in the middle. Watch the water light up around you as you gently slip into the warm, calm water. A bright green glow flashes as you swim, which is exhilarating, eerie and fascinating all at the same time! Those who don’t want to swim can just drag their hands through the water to make it glow in the dark. The experience is truly breathtaking, and will certainly be a highlight of your holiday in Jamaica.

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