Despite all the amazing things that humans can build, visiting natural attractions is still one of the most desirable travel plans of all.
There are so many emblematic natural wonders and phenomena that planning a tour to meet them all would be impossible for so many reasons: time, logistics, money, you name it. Anyhow, if you are looking for your next destination or a backdrop for your upcoming Zoom meeting, we have just the place to watch.
A Visual Show
The Maldives is a country well known for its islands. First of all, the number; they have around 1,190 islands within its borders, so you can be sure that, in any of those islands, you will find a nice spot to view the wonders that nature can offer us.
One of these attractions is the Bioluminescent Beaches. When you see the images it looks like a LED lights show, a computerized attraction, or even the reflection of the night sky in the sea, but the answer to such a sight is not in the sky or inside a computer, it lies in the water itself.
On the shores of Athuruga, Mirihi, and Reethi beaches you can spot the lingulodinium polyedrum, a type of bioluminescent plankton responsible for this amazing effect. Plankton is tiny organisms that float under layers of sea beds and warm lagoons.
In the case of bioluminescent plankton, when they get in contact with or are agitated by external forces (such as oxygen, a wave, or human hands), they glow in reaction, making their tiny cells emit a dense blue light. Probably if single plankton glows on its own you won’t even notice it, but when they gather around in big masses (as they usually tend to do), they create these beautiful sights that seem to be taken from a sci-fi movie.
Is It Always Like This?
Photos may trick you. Even though these are beaches where bioluminescent plankton lives, the beaches are not always all lit up. In terms of moments of the year, most people say that they usually show up during warmer months.
Photographer Kris Williams says that between April and November is the best period to watch the phenomenon. Then, it is all about choosing a moonless night and try to find the right place at the beach and enjoy the show that plankton have prepared.