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Explore the Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica

Discover the magic of the Mystic Luminous Lagoon on a nighttime boat ride!

The Mystic Luminous Lagoon stretches along the marshlands of Trelawny from the small community of Rock to the town of Falmouth. In the 18th century when sugar was king, Falmouth was one of Jamaica’s most pivotal ports. Located at the eminent point where the Martha Brae River meets the Caribbean Sea, the lagoon housed a wharf where large vessels from England unloaded goods onto smaller ships to be delivered inland up the river.

Once inland, these boats would reload with sugar, rum, and other Jamaican exports and carry them back to the harbor. Years after the decline of the sugar trade, scientists discovered the lagoon’s geographical location was important for another reason. It was the single best place to observe and study microorganisms called dinoflagellates, which thrive in the layers where salt and freshwater combine and glow the brightest in shallow, warm water.

Paddle and swim in the water

Being home to millions of dinoflagellates, at night, the lagoon sparkles and glistens when disturbed as these microscopic organisms produce an eerie glow, reflecting the outlines of fish and other objects in the water. The Luminous Lagoon is said to be the largest and most brilliant of four in the world where you can see this type of phenomenon, a fact that continually attracts and awes visitors and scientists from around the world.

See this natural phenomenon for yourself with a 45-minute boat ride. Swimming here is often a highlight of this excursion, as you get to paddle around in water that is glowing in shades of bright blue all around you.

Tour Details

  • Montego Bay/Rose Hall Hotels to Historic Falmouth Town
  • Tour Type: Shared Boat
  • Time: 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm
  • Tour Duration: 3 hours
  • Availability: Daily
  • Minimum Age: None
  • Other Details: Children 3 years old and under free

Things to know

  • Rates shown include your very own private transportation/vehicle/driver/guide.
  • Admission and activities fees are also included.

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Water camera
  • Water shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Towels
  • Change of clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Pocket money