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Glistening water is a natural phenomenon that creates a magical experience that everybody should participate in at least once. Bioluminescence happens in places where freshwater meets salt water and phosphorus forms. The small microorganism emit light when disturbed. Therefore, the water begins glowing with any movement. This gives a new appeal to night swimming. Glistening water only occurs in a few places around the world:

Luminous Lagoon, Jamaica

Luminous Lagoon is a 45-minute boat ride from Montego Bay. The lagoon is home to millions of organisms called dinoflagellates, who form a bright light whenever there is movement in the water. The glowing can be seen as soon as the boat touches the water, and it looks magical when swimming. Not only will the water around you light up, the organisms will create a temporary sparkle on your body and your swimsuit. Make sure to pack your water shoes, as the bottom of the lagoon feels mushy due to the mud.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has been blessed with three bioluminescent bays. The brightest one is Vieques, known to tourists as the Mosquito Bay. The Bay is shallow and small, but there are plenty of microorganisms to give out the beautiful, glowing effect. The second brightest is Laguna Grande in Fajardo. The least brightest is La Parguera in the town of Lajas, so when visiting this bay make sure to book a kayaking trip instead of a boat. That way, you will be able to view the bioluminescence closer.


Vaadhoo Island is another amazing spot to experience the fascinating sight of the dinoflagellates organisms. The body of water is referred to as “Sea of Stars” due to the glittering effect. The “glitter” can be spotted even by walking on the beach, as the waves wash on the shore. Vaadhoo Island is not the only island in the Maldives that serves as home to the enchanting microorganisms, there are several others who do so as well.  

Cayman Islands

Bio Bay, Grand Cayman offers kayak tours and boat tours with swimming component, to allow visitors to see the glowing waters beneath them. Multiple companies on this island also suggest snorkeling, in order to see the plankton up close. If you have your own boat or kayak, it is not necessary to go through a third-party, but, to receive the most amount of information, it is recommended that you go with an experienced tour guide.

If you are as eager to explore these magical places as we are, call Rubinsohn Travel(215) 886-5200 to book your next trip today!

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