If you are going to Puerto Rico, don’t miss the small island of Vieques. And, if you go to Vieques, do not miss a trip to the bioluminescent bay. And, if you go to the bioluminescent bay, do not swim in the water – you will be stung horribly by jellyfish. 1 month ago
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I went to the Museum of Natural History and toured their short-term exhibit on bioluminescence. It was fantastic! The curators did a great job and had an entire section on the dinoflagellates responsible for bioluminescent bays. It made me want to complete this goal all the more!! 6 months ago
An unexpected side trip to Puerto Rico means this could happen sooner than I had anticipated :) 15 months ago
I have only seen them, so far, not swim in it/them.
And it wasn’t on the other side of the earth (Puerto Rico), it was right here in Croatia, Adriatic sea, in NP Kornati (Vrulje), in May (2009).
NP Kornati are also very not-light-polluted, so, there were zillion stars above me, and zillion Dino-flagellates in the sea. Magnificent. Big time.
Can’t wait to swim there! :D 20 months ago
How I did it: I had actually posted this goal a long while ago, and "given up" when I realised I wouldn't be able to give it priority for a while. Then on holiday last weekend I realised the bay I was staying on was bioluminiscent - without even trying, the experience had come to me!
The place was Marovo Lagoon, in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands, an amazing bay dotted with coconut covered islands, a sprawling coral reef, and an incredible diversity of marine life.
On the last evening of our stay, I went out for a canoe ride, just after sunset, with the three friends I was travelling with. Staring into the water I noticed something sparkling - perhaps the reflection of the stars? But my friends confirmed there was more to it: we were in bioluminiscent waters, that lit up with every stroke of a canoe paddle, dancing around the edge of the boat and shooting away like lightning when I dipped my hands in the water.
Back at our cabin, I checked that it was safe to swim, and promptly jumped off our deck into the waters. With my snorkel and mask I spun in circles, waved my hands, and felt like a magical being suspended in light. It was utterly surreal - one of the most beautiful moments I can remember. It also helped that the water was a balmy 30 degrees C, we were staying close to the sea, and the banner of the milky way lit the sky above... Read how I did it… 2 years ago