Maldives Beach Is Beautiful By Day, But Becomes An ‘Ocean Of Stars’ By Night

For most people (especially those living in their retirement years), traveling is an endeavor worth undertaking before passing on. Something about discovering exotic places and learning unique cultures fascinates the minds of those who traverse the world.

The Inquisitr understands a person’s desire to pursue such endeavors, reporting on the latest when it comes to someone’s next adventure. For those who like their travels to be getaways, the Cayman Islands is a tropical destination guaranteed to please as proven by recently earning a World Travel Award. Others may prefer technological pampering. In such a case, Japan has those people covered with a hotel, fully automated with a robotic staff.

Yet some travelers prefer uniqueness such as the “Ufogel” tucked within the mountains of Austria. In this case, the Maldives Beach is such a place where the waves crashing the sand is truly a beautiful scene as if it were from a painting. However, the real beauty is at night because it is only when the sky is darkened will the waters become an “ocean of stars.”

The latest report on the phenomenally beautiful Maldives Beach was done by both Colossal and RYOT. From what both have written, photographer Will Ho took pictures of a stretch of the beach which had glowing dots reminiscent of stars in a starry night. The gallery below provides a sampling of some of the pictures Will took on location.

Some people wonder what causes the waves of Maldives Beach to glow like that when nighttime comes around. According to National Geographic, the biological light, or bioluminescence, in the waves is caused by marine microbes. Woodland Hastings, a marine biologist and bioluminescence expert of Harvard University, states various species of phytoplankton are known to glow.

Mother Nature Network provided more information on the phenomenal phytoplankton, including the science on why the phytoplankton bioluminate in the first place. Jorge Ribas, another marine biologist, states the glow is caused by massive red tide, or algae bloom, of the specific phytoplankton called Linguldinium polyedrum. They emit light in response to stress, such as when the wave crashes into the shore or a surfboard slashes through water.

In conclusion, for those who want to travel to a beach guaranteed to be unique from others, go to Maldives Beach. It should be known that bioluminescent waves do appear elsewhere, but only in aforementioned destination is it mostly a guarantee. For those in the United States who want to see such waves but don’t have the funds to take such a vacation to Maldives Beach, located south of India, San Diego is known for having waves that become an “ocean of stars” at times. For San Diego natives, such an event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to float within the glow or surf as if their board were cutting through light.

Now that you know about Maldives Beach and the unique natural beauty it brings, what are your views? Do you find such a phenomenon worthy seeing on your next travel?

[Images via Will Ho]