The Glistening Waters at Luminous Lagoon is truly one of the most fascinating sights I have ever experienced. And it is right here in Jamaica. Waters that glisten, a lagoon the illuminates, it’s something to see I tell you what!
The Glistening Waters isn’t only a spectacle but an ecological marvel. So what is it? Basically one of the coolest things ever. So cool, my Mom visited twice!
What Makes the Glistening Waters Glow?
The Luminous Lagoon is a mixture of fresh water outpouring from the Martha Brae River meeting the salt waters of the Caribbean. This biological cocktail creates a perfect breeding ground for microscopic organisms (bioluminescence) that, when disturbed, glow a brilliant blue light, an aqua fireworks display of sorts.
Visiting Falmouth Jamaica
I visited the Luminous Lagoon in Falmouth, Jamaica with my Mom back in December. She had been 2 weeks previously with my Dad and she knew I would love it. Which I did. We stayed in Falmouth for a night, since this unique attraction in Jamaica is the island’s only night-time activity (besides casinos and nightclubs I guess). Plus the Falmouth Inn is a cute place to stay right on the water!
After sundown, Mom and I walked to the meeting point for Glistening Waters on the edge of the Luminous Lagoon, paid our $20 each, and boarded a shallow bottomed boat and set off for the middle of the lagoon.
Our boat captain explained to us where we were and why it was such a marvel. As he did, we entered the area of the lagoon where the glow was the strongest. Suddenly, the wake of the boat was not the black of the night water but a vivid blue radiance as the water churned behind us. As soon as the water stilled, the light disappeared. I was itching to get into that water!
Swimming in the Glistening Waters in Jamaica
Once out in the middle of the Lagoon, we dropped anchor and were told we could jump in, but to be careful to not put our feet on the shallow (3-6 feet) bottom as it was very mucky and would both feel gross and if churned up would make the bioluminescence less clear. Mom and I jumped in to float, surrounded by light when we moved, only to be enveloped in darkness when still.
Amazingly, each individual water droplet can be seen as they roll off your arms and legs, even in between your fingers and toes. My favourite play was to move my tatas around and have the sparkly shimmer light ‘em up. I felt like Beyonce! Mixing my time between staying still and then thrashing around, I loved seeing the glowing rivulets suddenly appear and light up my whole body only to vanish into darkness just as quickly. Apparently on a stormy night, the entire lagoon lights up with the rhythm of the rain!
Not only is the Luminous Lagoon super cool, but it is one of only four places in the world where you can see such a phenomenon. Furthermore, the Jamaica site is actually the ONLY one in the world where you can visit every single day of the year and see the effects; at every other location the visibility is dependent on the season. Unfortunately it never really photographs that well, hence the lack of photos in this post 🙂
So should you check it out? Obviously!!!
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