Glistening Waters

Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
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Flag of Jamaica  , Falmouth,
Thursday, May 8, 2008

I nearly came out to luminous lagoon last year but at the time my girlfriend said she was too scared of getting on a boat and I didn't feel like going on my own, this time round I persuaded her to join me.. We got there just before 7pm, the trip cost 1400jmd or $20usd. There were a few people already waiting at the bar sipping on their free rum punches whilst the sun set quickly.

We were seated on the boat to go, the captain started off with some cheesy jokes to make the tourists laugh and then we were motoring to the middle of the lagoon. Not to long in you could see the phosforous glows on the ridges of the rippling waves.. The best place to sit on the boat is at the back because the propellers stir up the water which turns the wake a bright blue. The captain took us to the far side to tell us some history on Falmouth and spot some bored looking birds sleeping in the trees, when we returned to the side of the lagoon where the water glows it was everyones turn to jump in and experience it up close.. Out of about 30 people I was the only one willing to go in and swim around, i thought that was the whole point of going on the boat ride.

I loved every second of it, I couldnt believe how bright and amazing it was to move around in the water, I could hear the same thoughts being shouted out in excitement by the passengers on the boat. The bottom of the lagoon had about half a metre of sludgy mud which was also fun to dig my toes into and wriggle about. I decided to get out after about 10 minutes but could have easily stayed for another hour. I planned the trip for when there was no moon to get the best out of the glow but am told by the captain that the best time to come is when it is raining as the whole lagoon is lit up by the water droplets.

I was also told that the Falmouth harbour will soon be turned into a mega cruiseship port and there are plans to build a 4000 room hotel on the far side of the lagoon, this clearly shows the short sightedness of jamaicas greedy tourism policies, as the pollution caused by these developments are bound to effect this natural wonder.
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