The island of Jamaica in the Caribbean Sea is a world famous vacation destination with more to do and see than could ever be accomplished during one, or even a few visits. Because of the vast amount of activities available, it’s sometimes hard to figure out exactly what to do and where to spend your time during your quick trip to the island. Even those who are staying longer and spending a week or more at one of the island’s Jamaica resorts will find it hard to choose which activities to partake in and which to save for their next trip.

But, no matter how long your trip is, the Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon is an experience you don’t want to miss.

What is the Luminous Lagoon?

luminous lagoon in Jamaica

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Jamaica’s only natural night time attraction, the Luminous Lagoon is a natural event where microscopic organisms emit a type of phosphorescent light when they are agitated and disturbed. This means that you’ll see a beautiful blue light dancing across the water’s surface, making for quite the experience. The Lagoon itself is about 3 to 8 feet in depth, depending where you are in it.

Can you take a tour?

Yes, you can! You can book a tour with Glistening Waters, the on-site restaurant and marina. During this tour you’ll find yourself on the water for about 35 to 40 minutes after sunset when you’ll be able to see the blue light the best. You’ll also be treated to a delicious meal and a cocktail at the marina’s restaurant before the tour begins, making it a great night and one that is well suited to the romantically inclined. During the tour, you’ll get the chance to view the beautiful blue lights of the lagoon as each organism is disturbed by the boat passing through. This will cause for fish to move around as well, making it so that you can easily see their outlines surrounded by streaks of light.

During this tour you’ll also learn about the science behind the lagoon, making it a very educational trip for everyone, including those younger in age. You’ll also have the chance to swim in the lagoon, making for an even more impressive experience. Also, it is important to note that each boat tour can hold 30 guests, making it so that you’ll also have the opportunity to mingle with other visitors.

Can you take pictures?

luminous lagoon in Jamaica

Flickr Credit: Filipe Mota Rebelo

Of course you can! Just remember not to drop your equipment into the water unless it is waterproof and that flashes won’t work here. If you end up using a flash, you’ll find that the picture comes out less than perfect. Your ideal setup would be a DSLR camera and you’ll want to play with different shutter speeds.

A trip to the Glistening Water Luminous Lagoon is a great idea for those seeking to view something that’s unique to Jamaica and off the beaten path a bit. Just remember to bring a camera and your swim suit.

Justin Carmack

Justin Carmack

Wanderer and diver at Art of SCUBA Diving
I've been on the road for 5.5 years now, visiting 80 countries, 6 continents and endless adventures. Divemaster and SCUBA addict. Travel junkie. World roamer.
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