Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Glistening Waters in Falmouth, Jamaica

Last week was a busy week for us. Todd hosted a construction team from Midlothian, Maryland and Nathan and I hosted our friend Lynn from home. The construction team's day off was Friday and we took them to Dunn's River falls and on the way home we stopped at Glistening Waters for dinner and a night time boat ride.

Nathan helping his daddy momentarily at the job site.

Glistening waters is located in Falmouth, Jamaica. It is actually a marina made up of brackish water. Their claim is that the water lights up when it is stirred. Our tour guide explained that this is caused by a micro-organism that lives in the water and when it is "disturbed" it lights up sort of like a firefly does. He said that this phenomenon is only found in Indonesia, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Jamaica. He also claims that Jamaica's is the brightest.

Jerry was our boat driver and tour guide.

Nathan was disappointed because he envisioned the water lighting up like fireworks and not just glowing. He did however enjoy sticking his hand in the water and the water that remained on his hand looked like it had glow-in-the-dark glitter in it. Other than that he was pretty much bored with it. It was neat to see the fish dart away from the boat creating a flash in the water.

The wake behind the boat glowing.

View of the restaurant and docks from the boat.

Nathan squinting at the flash on the camera.

Most of my pictures did not turn out good because when I used the flash it lit the place up and made it look like daylight. But, maybe you can get the idea of how the water glowed when it was disturbed.


Nathan's Uncle said...

MKs get to do all the cool stuff!

Todd said...

Because my wife said "I never leave comments on her blog", and because it's Valentines Day, and I love her very much...
Honey, I LOVE YOU! Happy Valentines Day! I love your blog. Keep up the good work.

blm said...

What a shame you didn't enjoy GW. We just returned from a stay in Ochos Rios and thought that was the most interesting. Did you swim in it? Jerry was our guide also and we got a chance to take a dip. That truly was the highlight of the trip. We also made a stop at Ultimate Jerk on the way in from the airport. We loved it too! My boyfriend is also a Safety Manager for a steel company here in Pittsburgh. I'd love to know more about how you ended up living in Montego Bay.

Leslie said...

Just wondering how you made the decision to live/work missionary work in Jamaica. I want to live/work in Jamaica but know that I must come up with some type of Non-profit that will benefit the people of JA. I am 47 years old and have been going to JA for the past 8 years-my ninth trip is coming up in July. I always stay in Negril but have been to Montego Bay, Falmouth, Clarendon, etc. If you would be kind enough to tell me more about how you came to live there I would be greatful. My email address is

Anonymous said...

My husband and I visited Jamaica a few years ago. We went to Dunns River Falls as well as the Luminous Lagoon. We climbed the falls (actually a very dangerous tourist attraction)and was somewhat disappointed in that. We did, however find the lagoon to be very interesting. We were the only couple on our boat willing to take the night swim. It was amazing! I still regularly tell of my experience to people and recommend visiting the lagoon to others who plan to vacation in Jamaica.