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Vaadhoo, Maldives

Sea of Stars

Bioluminescence in the reefs of the Maldives causes the sea to glow like a starry night sky. 

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The “Sea of Stars” is a beautiful phenomenon that occurs during late summer in the reefs of the Maldives, caused by bioluminescent phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyedrum. The water here is filled with this plankton, and the movement of the waves causes it to glow, creating an incredible shimmering effect that looks like the sea is full of stars.

Know Before You Go

Vaadhoo Island in the Raa Atoll is the most well-known spot for viewing the plankton, though it is dependant on conditions and may occur on any of the islands. It is best to do more research if you are interested.

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