Vaadhoo Islands, Maldives: Sea of Stars

Who doesn’t love islands? Full of life and energy, could equate them with heaven on Earth. And this group of islands is indeed, a heaven; especially at night, when the beaches dot up with twinkling lights. Here, the stars don’t shine down from heaven, Instead they light up on the land. And what’s better than having stars at your feet, with the sweet melody of the sea in the background?

Here, the awe-striking and glittering water1
looks as if it is embedded with countless diamonds, who, perhaps are trying to imitate the innumerous stars. However, the secret is this: phytoplanktons – the marine microbes – are bioluminescent and emanate the blue glow. This phenomenon is caused by a natural chemical reaction known as bioluminescence, which occurs when a microorganism in the water is disturbed by oxygen. These microorganisms or marine microbes are called phytoplankton and there are a variety of its species that create bioluminescence seen in different parts of the world. The species create the most romantic natural lighting in the world, don’t they?


The marine phenomenon can be best seen during moonless nights. Scuba divers can wave their arms or run their fingers on the sand while under the sea to cause a reaction on the glowing planktons. (Deep Sigh)

The Sea of Stars in Vaadhoo, Maldives is just only one of those great sites where you can see this happening but it can happen anywhere. Within Maldives, you can also visit the islands of Mudhdhoo and Rangali for this spectacular event. Bioluminescence also occurs on the shores of Lakshadweep Islands, India and Mosquito Bay in Vieques, Puerto Rico.


So dear, get going, Experience the extraordinary, be awed with nature’s finery; be inspired, live your life glowing and shining…

About Moulshree Rana

A lost and quiet soul, searching for something here and there, fuelled by wanderlust. With thoughts that wander off the edge of the world - Hand me a pen and my hand now has its own mind, gliding over pages expressing the incomprehensible. Over-thinker. Dreamer. Dauntless. Awkward. Clumsy. A little crazy. Sunshine mixed with a little hurricane. Easily inspired and awed; and that's what keeps me going – knowing that there's still another nook to find. Still another idea to pen. An Avid Poet and a humble blogger @


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