Luminous Lagoon (Glistening Waters) Tour From Grand Palladium Resorts - Montego Bay

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    04:15 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pickup from Grand Palladium and most of the other accommodations in this area. Customers are required to contact us at the information provided at least 24 hours prior.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This tour is unique. It is a once in a lifetime experience to witness this awesome natural wonder in it's pristine state. Delight in this amazing night tour to the enchanting Luminous Lagoon (Glistening Waters) in Falmouth. It is a very rare phenomenon of its kind that is only found 4 places in the world. It is truly one of Jamaica's favorite spots for locals and visitors alike.


  • Excellent value for money
  • Exclusive to Viator
  • Family friendly
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Popular choice with kids
  • See the sights illuminated at night
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Know More about this tour

Your tour guide will meet you in the lobby of your Montego bay or Grand Palladium hotel in the late afternoon. From there you will be taken on a trip to the magnificent and very rare gem that is the Luminous Lagoon.
The Luminous Lagoon is a very rare, so rare that this natural glistening water is only found in only four countries in the world - Indonesia, Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. The Luminous Lagoon holds the record of been the brightest of the four. In 1964, John Hopkins visited Jamaica and did some studies in the lagoon which he discovered that the water contains phosphorus, small microorganisms that get their energy from the sunlight and then when the water is disturbed, by something like a paddle or a hand, they illuminate. The Martha brae river also flows into the lagoon which assist in maintaining the perfect water temperature and other conditions.
As soon as it gets dark your boat's captain will be ready to take you out in a glass-bottom boat to see this natural wonder. Make sure to take you swimsuits because there is a brief stop for you to take a swim.
After the boat ride you will travel back to your Montego bay or Grand Palladium hotel.


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional driver/guide

Boat ride

Local taxes

Entry/Admission - Luminous Lagoon Martha Brea River SUP


Food and drinks


DVD (available to purchase)

Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children 17 or younger must be accompanied by a paying adult.

It is recommended that you bring extra cash, camera with night vision capability. If you wish to swim in the lagoon bring swimwear and towels.

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Infant seats available

You must be 18 or older with ID to consume alcoholic beverages.

Minimum number of persons apply. If we do not meet the minimum the tour may be rescheduled, an alternative suggested or canceled.

We pickup from the Grand Palladium Resorts. Customers are required to contact us at the information provided at least 24 hours prior to the day of the tour to reconfirm your booking and arrange your pickup at a central pickup point.

Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby/pickup point at least 10 minutes before the scheduled pickup time.

Pickup time subject to change based on local traffic conditions and inclement weather.

Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, persons may be prevented from participating if found to be intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Traveler Reviews

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  • 08-Apr-2022

    We went as a couple and really enjoyed this unique experience, the water does really glow as you swim about and makes your arms luminous as you take them out of the water. The water is warm and a max of 4 feet deep, beware though the bottom feels very strange so I’d advise using swim shoes.

  • 30-Sep-2021

    Trying to make the water glow between the hot and cold waters. The captain was great with his history and instructions.

  • 25-Sep-2021

    Our driver was ready waiting for us at the resort. On the way, we stopped for a few minutes to check out some local shops. The driver was great because he talked about places as we past them. When we got to the lagoon at sunset and when it got dark we went out on the water. It was beautiful and anyone visiting Jamaica should definitely try this.

  • 19-Feb-2020

    Ich wünschte, ich könnte die verschwendete Zeit zurücknehmen. Nie wieder war mein ganzer Urlaub ruiniert. Das Wasser leuchtet nicht einmal. Wir fragten uns, ob sie uns in die falsche Lagune brachten. Mein Rat ist, weg zu bleiben.

  • 31-Jan-2020

    I would give this zero stars if I could. I went with a group of eight people we show up to a bar/restaurant where there is at least 65 people waiting to get on a boat. We go up to the bar to get our “complimentary” drink; the bartender poured this rum punch from a jug and it seriously tasted like poison. Finally they put my group and about 20 other people into a boat and head for the lagoon. You could tell that the person driving the boat was thinking ‘oh crap’ in his head because literally there was no luminous water of any kind. Some people went in and there was absolutely nothing that happened. After trying to find where the luminous water would be the captain then informed us that since it was an overcast day that he knew that there would be no luminous water. HE EVEN THEN SAID DON’T TELL UR FRIENDS OR FAMILY ABOUT THIS SO THEY CAN COME TRY IT FOR THEMSELVES. Leaving me to wonder why they would have tourist pay money come out there, spend over two hours if they knew at the start of the activity that it would not work. It seemed very slimy and shady. We did not get our money back. This company is scheming tourist out of money.

  • 30-Jan-2020

    Search for about an hour and did not see any LUMINOUS anything. Debbie Downer!! We got our money back.. #GirlsTrip3102020

  • 24-Jan-2020

    This was a waste of time and money. We were very disappointed to find that the glow from the organisms was so mild that it could barely be seen. It was not at all as depicted in the pictures. Not even close. The captain finally drew a bucket of water out of the lagoon and attempted to show us the glow by twirling his fingers in the bucket. I really wish we had not chosen this tour.

  • 22-Jan-2020

    Yes, glowing water is unique to see and experience. However, you are experiencing this with minimum of 6 other boats filled with 40+ people. On top of this, you also have to keep in mind you need excellent conditions to see the glow; full sun day leading up, and new or low light evening. We also had a tough experience because upon pickup they didn’t have record of our reservation. They ABSOLUTELY do not want to issue a refund so they were prepared to have us sit on laps. After a phone call they arranged for shared transportation with another family, this ended up being a blessing because the location was a bar with music so loud you cannot think clearly and beverages at additional cost. If this is “a must” for you, work with someone for a private LATE (like 3 or 4 AM) tour.

  • 15-Jan-2020

    After reading numerous reviews and being left in limbo in regards to what the trip would be like due to the mixture of positive/negative responses, I decided to head out on the trip, as I knew that it would be amazing if it turned out as planned. Once upon the boat we appeared to do some sort of lap of the lagoon, just tohead back very close to where we left off. Whether this was for entertainment or they were looking for a specific spot, I don't know! However there was complete silence and no direction over what was happening - which would have been nice. After around 10 mins of driving around, we eventually came to a stop. I was the first to get in the water and after reading about jellyfishes was quite concerned and the prospect of swimming in pitch black darkness was also quite alarming! Despite this, once in the water and swimming around (particularly doing breaststroke) you could see the glow around you. It was quite amazing to experience it, regardless of it being quite a weak glow to what I had seen in some other images - it was faint but still very cool to observe nonetheless. The bottom was probably around 4ft deep and covered in some form of sludge/silt which was quite disgusting, however you were informed of this beforehand so it didn't come as a surprise. To their credit, the captain was very informative of what caused the phenomenon, however it may have been better if they had pulled a bucket of water out, to provide a closer look. In regards to photography, you're charged $25 US dollars for all the photos they take (maybe 5-10) - it would have been nice if this was included in the price of the trip, they weren't anything groundbreaking. To anyone wanting to go, or anyone intending to bring a camera, a few tips on how to take the photos that were done so on board, it may save you a few pennies! Have a very slow shutter speed, maybe around 1/4 of a second, with an aperture of around f/8, an iso of around 400-1000 as well as using a fill direct flash to illuminate the subject faintly. This should provide a rough setting for which to play around with to capture your images. You may be able to get something with your phone if it allows you to control these settings, however I'd advise some form of camera for the best results. I think it may be worth the tour operators advising the best times to head out and see the lagoon, as it appears to me that the water/organsisms are brighter at certain times of the year and it would be good for these to be shown. Hopefully this should provide an honest review of my experience and help others to make a decision!

  • 10-Jan-2020

    First of all it’s nothing like the pictures you see! We got told not to use our phones as we wouldn’t capture it, but there was a photographer on board (Paparazzi) who would take our picture for us... great we thought. So the driver of the boat told us to keep swimming round so make sure we could see the blue light up, which we did, whilst waiting for our photo. To then be told by paparazzi that “you are not listening, your just getting in the way!” - he then sat down and stopped taking pictures. But we were listening and when we stopped the driver told us to keep swimming? You go there for the pictures let’s be honest, but I now have none! Wouldn’t waste your time. It’s nothing like that pictures anyway. It’s filthy water with what’s like goo on the bottom, it’s gross. But after the rudeness of Paparazzi I would not recommend it. Like other reviews it also seemed he was more interested in taking pictures of some girls on the tour, who the staff had been flirting with. (Also if you do go, your phone can capture it so make sure you take your own!)

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