Tucked away in the Maldives, a strange and surreal phenomenon is taking place right now!
As the waves lap the shores of a few islands, tiny sparkles are left behind and the closer you get to the water, the sparkles turn to blue twinkles of bio-luminescent phytoplankton. Famously showcased in the movie Life of Pi, you can witness this enchanting sight for yourself too.
The dinoflagellate plankton emit light when stressed by waves crashing, or splashes of people swimming in the night. So they emit this soft light to warn off predators. They glow blue, green, red or orange, resulting in a visual fantasy. Glimmering like an underwater city of fairy lights, wading through this water feels like you’re walking on the stars.
Very few places on Earth get to experience this phenomena, and some islands in the Maldives are lucky enough. You are more likely to see it from July to December on a night with no moon. So consider checking with the resorts before booking your stay in the Maldives.
Travelers have spotted this beautiful bio-luminescent phytoplankton on the islands of Vaadhoo, Kuredu, Kihaad and Vilamendhoo to name a few.
Feature photo by Will Ho. The Taiwanese photographer who happened upon this glowing beach while on vacation in the Maldives. What an incredible find!
This is definitely going on my bucket list.