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Jamaica: Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Cruise with Transfers

1. Jamaica: Bioluminescent Lagoon Boat Cruise with Transfers

Board a boat for a ride on the bioluminescent lagoon to see the illumination of the water that occurs as the boat disturbs the microscopic organisms inhabiting the lagoon. On this boat ride after the sun goes down your boat captain and guide will tell you the story of the lagoon and why it glows. As your boat approaches the center of the lagoon, your captain will tell you about the folklore around swimming in the lagoon. Then you’ll have a chance to slip into the lagoon, which is less than 5 feet deep. As you swim, the water around you will begin to glow. Watch as your hands begin to sparkle as if covered in glitter. After exploring this Jamaican natural wonder, you'll be transferred back to your hotel.

From Montego Bay: Luminous Lagoon Nighttime Boat Tour

2. From Montego Bay: Luminous Lagoon Nighttime Boat Tour

Experience the magic of Jamaica’s Glistening waters. The luminous lagoon created by fresh water from the Martha Brae River meeting the salt water of the ocean. One of four luminous lagoons in the world – Indonesia, Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Jamaica – Glistening Waters being the brightest of them all. Microorganisms called dinoflagellates, lives in combined fresh and salt water and creates the bioluminescent effect. They shine brightest in warm shallow waters. The lagoon sparkles at night when the water is disturbed. Go ahead and dip your hand or foot in the water and see it light up. Come see the beauty of the water at night. Wear a bathing suit and take a towel to enjoy swimming in the luminescent water once the boat is far out enough. Don’t forget your cameras to take pictures of the luminescent water around you. Watch as your body and swimsuit light up as you move around. Take the entire family for a leisurely swim in the 3-4 feet deep water. Carry an empty bottle to collect water which will continue to glow for a few hours.

Montego Bay: Luminous Lagoon Night Tour by Boat

3. Montego Bay: Luminous Lagoon Night Tour by Boat

Following pick-up at your hotel in Montego Bay, make your way to Falmouth for the start of a truly amazing adventure. Experience the legendary Luminous Lagoon, and appreciate the magic and beauty of Mother Nature's creation at a unique light show. Stretching along the marshlands of Trelawny, from the small community of Rock to the town of Falmouth, the Luminous Lagoon is a must-see for every visitor to Jamaica. Enjoy a delicious meal and cocktail at the restaurant (own expense) before the natural phenomenon begins. Then take a boat tour out onto the lagoon and marvel as the water is disturbed and organisms begin to glow. See an eerie light show illuminating from the back of the boat and all around from the wake. Witness a miracle of nature for approximately 35-40 minutes. Surrounded by mangroves, the lagoon is home to microscopic organisms that emit a phosphorescent light when agitated. The water glows a beautiful blue and becomes illuminated when these organisms are disturbed. As the fish in the lagoon swim and dart, you can see their outlines as streaks of light shooting around in the darkness. When it rains, the lagoon lights up with the drops of water dancing on the surface for a truly amazing sight! .

Montego Bay City and Rose Hall Haunted House Tour

4. Montego Bay City and Rose Hall Haunted House Tour

Get acquainted with Jamaica's second city on a tour of Montego Bay, known to locals as 'Mobay." Discover a mix of old and new as you learn the city's rich history. Pass through downtown to see how the locals live and journey through narrow streets watching street vendors, school children and the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Go to the "Hip Strip" before visiting the residential area of Ironshore, where you will get a first-hand experience of Jamaican residences, from small homes to extraordinary mansions. Grab the chance to do some souvenir shopping at stops where you can purchase coffee, rum and spices. Then, as the sun sets, visit the home of Annie Palmer, known as the "White Witch of Rose Hall." Follow your guide on a candlelit tour through the haunted house, learning its history. Listen to the floors creak beneath your feet as the former plantation comes alive to Annie's story. She famously killed her 3 husbands and countless lovers before being murdered in the house, which she continues to haunt to this day. Watch out for ghosts, including Annie herself! You then have the option to continue to the Luminous Lagoon to see the microscopic organisms that emit a phosphorescent light when the water is agitated. Shortly after sunset, board a boat that will take you across the lagoon, and marvel at the effects as the water is disturbed. Stop for a swim to experience the miracle of seeing your body glow! This is only available in 3 locations on the planet and is a must see in Jamaica.

Luminous Lagoon and Rose Hall Haunted Great House Night Tour

5. Luminous Lagoon and Rose Hall Haunted Great House Night Tour

Your amazing adventure starts with your pick up at your hotel lobby and you are driven in comfort on a scenic roadway to Rose Hall, Montego Bay. Built-in 1770 by John Palmer and his wife, the Rose Hall Great House eventually became the residence of their grandnephew, John Rose Palmer. In 1820, Palmer married Annie, a beautiful but feisty English girl. Little did John know that his young wife possessed “black magic” powers that would eventually lead to his demise. During her reign as mistress of the plantation, Annie did away with two more husbands and countless lovers. “The White Witch of Rose Hall” has fascinated generations, and even today, there are those who claim to see Annie passing through the Great House. Enjoy a candle-lit evening tour of the Rose Hall Great House, the former home of Jamaica’s White Witch, Annie Palmer. Your tour will include captivating and chilling stories of love, murder, and mystery skillfully told by knowledgeable guides. You’re sure to feel goosebumps as these eerie tales come to life in this grand estate, where ghost sightings have been reported over the years. After the Rose Hall Great House, make your way to Falmouth where you will begin a night boat tour of the famous Luminous Lagoon. You will see things that will make you appreciate the beauty Mother nature has created for us to witness and experience!.Truly, a sight to be seen! As the boat cruises around, the water is disturbed and the organisms begin to glow. You will see an eerie light show illuminating from the back of the boat and all around from the wake.

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What people are saying about Luminous Lagoon

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 48 reviews

It was great, such an unique experience and we learn a lot too. The guides and captain were funny, knowledgeable and very helpful. Even if you can't swim, there're lifeguard vest on board that you can wear so you won't miss this one in a lifetime swim. The water is warm, so don't be afraid to go in the water. You should bring a towel, water shoes and your good mood!

It was absolutely amazing we really appreciate the hospitality of the driver and the staff. Amazing experience thank you

Had a great time, and an awesome driver. There were only 2 of us so we ended up having a private tour

Enjoyed our tour guide, she was very Informative and knowledgeable

Great excursion. Party of 4 and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip