Vaadhoo Island is located in the Indian Ocean, south of India. It is part of the atoll of Raa Atoll, in the Maldives. The bioluminescence phenomena that occur on its beaches have given it worldwide fame. And is thatVaadhoo is the home of the 'sea of stars', which is what bioluminescence is popularly called that is observed in its waters.
Bioluminescence, result of a natural chemical reactionSea of stars - K. Tapıqova / Flickr.com
This phenomenon of marine bioluminescence is produced thanks to a natural chemical reaction. The plankton that is in the water, at low tide, accumulates on the shore. Once there, the plankton comes into contact with the oxygen in the air and lights up. Thus, the waves turn a bright blue color as they approach the shore.
It is a unique and striking phenomenon that is best appreciated when temperatures are very high and the night is very dark. Even so, can be contemplated at any time of the year.
What microorganisms produce the sea of stars?Maldives - PawelG Photo
There are numerous species of phytoplankton that produce bioluminescence in various parts of the world. The most common are dinoflagellates. Within these microorganisms, there are a number of chemical reactions that activate a protein called luciferase. When it meets the Luciferian, they create a neon blue light.
It is believed that this light is a kind of defense against predators. Thus, when a predator feeds on dinoflagellates, it becomes an easy prey because the phytoplankton continues to shine within it.
"The poetry of the earth has never died."
A phenomenon so beautiful that it has been taken to the big screenIlya Sviridenko
Some blockbusters have tried to mimic, although in a rather exaggerated way, the phenomenon of bioluminescence. We found an example of this in the famous movie The life of Piby Ang Lee.
The same phenomenon can be admired in other parts of the world. However, the paradise environment of Vaadhoo Island has made the sea of stars and its beaches one of the most magical places in the world.
And it is that during the day the beaches of this island look completely normal (to be in the Maldives). It is at night when these beaches become a sparkling starry sky. Thousands of small lights move with the waves of the Indian Ocean and accumulate in the tracks of those who walk along the shore.
If you are lucky enough to visit the Maldives, do not forget to live this indescribably beautiful experience. Sure that This amazing sea of stars will remain in your memory forever.
How to get to Vaadhoo Island
This island is uninhabited. To reach, you will have to plan the visit from Male, the capital, or from the resort where you stay Because getting to Vaadhoo is not that simple.
You can go there in dhoni, the traditional boat of the Maldives, if you resort It is not far from the island. You can also travel the route by motorboat or even by seaplane. Although, of course, it will be more expensive.
Other destinations where to see the phenomenon of bioluminescencecatalano82 / Wikimedia Commons
Manialtepec Lagoon, in Mexico
This lagoon is located in Puerto Escondido, in Oaxaca. In the area, kayaking trips are offered at night. During these kayaking, you can admire the fluorescent lights that light up when you come in contact with the oars.
Campeche beaches in Mexico
15 kilometers from the city of Campeche is the beach of Tortuguero. If you wave your hand under the surface of its waters, you will see how they light up with silver, green and bluish sparkles so bright that they illuminate the fish around them.
Mosquito Bay, in Puerto Rico
This place is especially relevant.. It is one of the places in the world with the highest concentration of microorganisms that produce bioluminescence.
In all these places, routes and visits must be carried out in a respectful way. We must try not to affect the ecosystem, so that we can enjoy these incredible night shows for a long time.