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Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon Tours

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Glistening Waters Luminous Lagoon
Falmouth’s Luminous Lagoon is one of only a handful of places in the world where the phenomenon of bioluminescence occurs. For a magical experience for all ages, take a nighttime swim to see the brilliant phosphorescent blue lights shimmer when the slightest movement stirs the water. 

The Basics
Though it seems like magic, there’s a scientific explanation for the glowing blue that appears. Millions of microorganisms called dinoflagellates flock to the lagoon’s unique combination of mangroves and salt and fresh water. Agitation oxygenates the chemical luciferin embedded in the algae cells, shedding an illuminating glow. Treat yourself to an after-dark cruise around the lagoon and a dip in the warm, shallow water. Some tours include round-trip transport from your hotel.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • As it’s quite shallow, the lagoon is suitable for younger kids.
  • Don’t forget your swimsuit and towel.
  • The lagoon isn’t wheelchair-accessible.
  • For photos, use a camera with a high ISO sensitivity, with the flash off; alternatively, hire a photographer at the lagoon.

How to Get There
Luminous Lagoon is located in an estuary near Rock, 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) east of Falmouth. Take a taxi or drive to Glistening Waters Restaurant and Marina. From there, you’ll board a boat that takes you to the lagoon. From Montego Bay, the drive is about 40 minutes, directly east. From Ocho Rios, the drive is about an hour, directly west. 

When to Get There
Boat tours leave in the evening, around 6:30pm. Jamaica’s high season is December through mid-April, after which deals on flights and hotels are easier to find. Go in January for the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Montego Bay, or in November for the Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie, the former Ethiopian emperor considered by Rastafarians to be God incarnate. 

Journey to Falmouth
When sugar was king in the 18th century, Falmouth was one of Jamaica’s most important and scenic ports. Things have changed (it’s a cruise ship port now), but Falmouth’s illustrious history is alive in the town’s Georgian architecture and cobblestone streets. Take a short journey inland to the village of Martha Brae, then float down the river on a bamboo raft through lush jungle to Martha’s Rest. 
Address: Luminous Lagoon, Montego Bay, Jamaica
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Luminous lagoon night tour from Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay

With this tour , you will spend approximately thirty five minutes to an hour experiencing the natural phenomenon luminous lagoon .Witness the glow formed from small microorganism that emit a flash of light when touched. This marvel is only found four places in the world, however this lagoon is the brightest of them all due to the consistent climate in Jamaica.
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Montego Bay Hilite cultural tour and Luminous Lagoon from Negril

Pick up from your hotel or villaEnjoy a Scenic, informative, historical, cultural tour of Montego BayTake a night cruise on the Luminous Lagoon and witness the spectacular wonder of these phosphorescent waters.
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Jamaica Private Tour: Rose Hall Great House and Luminous Lagoon

Visit Rose Hall Great House and the Luminous Lagoon on this private evening tour from Negril or Montego Bay. Learn about the legend of the White Witch of Rose Hall and admire the spectacular house lit up at night. Take a glass-bottom boat out on the glowing waters of the Luminous Lagoon (at own expense) and jump in for a swim among the harmless phosphorescent phytoplankton. Enjoy the flexibility and personal attention that accompany having a private guide. Round-trip transportation from Montego Bay or Negril is included.
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  • 5 hours
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Luminous Lagoon Tour from Montego Bay and Grand Palladium

Visit the Luminous Lagoon, one of Jamaica's most famous natural wonders, during this 4-hour evening activity from Montego Bay or Grand Palladium. Board a glass-bottom boat and cruise out over the glowing water; bring your swimsuit for the chance to swim among the harmless phytoplankton. Round-trip transportation from Montego Bay and Grand Palladium hotels is included.
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Dunn's River Falls and Luminous Lagoon Tour from Montego Bay and Grand Palladium

Visit Dunn's River Falls and the Luminous Lagoon, two of Jamaica's most famous natural wonders, during this full-day trip from Montego Bay or Grand Palladium. Climb the terraced Dunn's River Falls with the assistance of your tour guide for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Stop for a traditional Jamaican jerk lunch (own expense), then continue to the Luminous Lagoon. Head out into the glowing water aboard a boat; bring your swimsuit for the chance to swim among the harmless phytoplankton. Round-trip transportation from Montego Bay and Grand Palladium hotels is included.
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Ganjadventure Tours- Nature Retreat Experience

This tour is about freedom, connecting to nature and exploration. Explore the fields of Jamaica's interior, explore underground and underwater caves, then take to the seas for a luminescent drift or swim in the warm lagoon waters of Jamaica's North Coast.
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