Stunning Maldives Glowing Beach (Everything to know)

by Billy | Updated: November 1, 2019

Did you know there are places in the Maldives where the ocean glows?

Most people think of exotic beaches blanketed by the tropical sunshine…

However, that’s not the only incredible part of the Maldives.

The Maldives glowing beach is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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The ‘Sea of Stars’ is an event that attracts millions of tourists each year.

It’s when the ocean lights up with bioluminescent plankton, mimicking a scene straight out of a Disney movie.

Have a look for yourself.

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As you could’ve probably guessed, the best time to view these glowing plankton is during night time.

The darker the better.

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These plankton give off light when they’re agitated.

So, when they make it to the shoreline, the waves create a surreal glowing effect.

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Though it’s pretty rare for this plankton to make it to the beach, it does happen.

But, it’s way more common for this to occur further out in the sea.

You have a better chance of seeing it on a boat.

Check out these short clips of the Maldives glowing beach.

The shimmering shores of Maldives

Dolphin swimming around in the bioluminescent plankton.

Dolphins swimming at night in water full of millions of luminous plankton.

It’s hard to believe this is real, right?!

Now that you know why this happens…

Here’s everything else you need to know about the Maldives glowing beach.

Where is the Maldives glowing beach?

This actually occurs all over the Maldives, however the best-known place to see it is on Vaadhoo Island.

If you want the highest chance of seeing this bioluminescent plankton, Vaadhoo is your best bet.

It’s a small island (part of the Raa Atoll, Maldives) that only has about 500 people living there.

When to visit the glowing beach?

Now that you know about what the Maldives glowing beach is all about…

When’s the best time to visit to get the full experience?

It’s hard to plan the ‘best time’ to see the glowing beach because it can appear at any time of the year.

It’s honestly unpredictable.

However, there seems to be a higher chance of these bioluminescent plankton appearing from June-October.

How to get to the glowing beach?

If you’re familiar with the Maldives, then you know that each place is its own island, making it impossible to drive.

You’re going to have to either take a boat or seaplane to get to Vaadhoo Island.

Boat transfer is much cheaper than taking a seaplane.

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