A Trip to the Maldives Glowing Beach

We as children used to hear and read about magical far-off places in storybooks that created awe and wonder. Maldives Glowing beach is one such place where all those stories come alive. This beach is sheer magic when you see its glowing waves touch your feet emitting fluorescent blue colours. This bewitching beach is located on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives. A dazzling blue glow arises as waves lash on the sandy coast or when you tread into the wet sand with bare feet. This phenomenon is caused by bioluminescent plankton that frequently emerges in warm coastal waters resulting in this spell-binding sight. People travel from everywhere to witness this unearthly event, and this is the reason why couples love to spend their honeymoon here. Travolook brings you all that there is to know about Glowing Beach and why it needs to be on your travel bucket list at least once in a lifetime.


Vaadhoo Island is located around 200 kilometers from Ra Atoli north of Malé, which is the capital of the Maldives. This is a small island that is scantily populated, with less than 500 people and yet it has earned a spot on the world tourism map as a result of this Sea of Stars Spectacle event. This place is as much for science junkies as much as it is for the romantics or for that matter anyone who harbours curiosity. This phenomenon had not gained the limelight earlier, but now this makes Maldives one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. With its turquoise beaches and lilting palm trees, the remote island is an ideal refuge away from the bustling metropolis. Vaadhoo's cultural immersion activities are appropriate for a one-day visit to this tropical paradise. Resorts closely located to Malé are the best options for weekend trips.

Mystery Factor

furthermore, the sea near the beach is huge, enigmatic, and teeming with undiscovered organisms; it is believed that some aquatic critters are capable of creating light due to chemical science. As a result, the light is created at the Vaadhoo Beach due to these creatures, which magically illuminate the sea's shorelines. It’s a sight to behold when the glistening blue waves lap at the sandy coast like a scene straight out of a fantasy realm. The Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean which happens to be the warmest ocean in the world, therefore, it provides the perfect conditions for Bioluminescence to occur on the beach. However the occurrence of these water microbes is erratic and the number of plankton changes each year, varying from a lot many to just a few shining pieces from time to time. You could see the neon waves sometimes for a week at a stretch and sometimes not at all. There is no set pattern as such. However, swimming is not recommended since bioluminescent algae that glitter throughout the seascape is quite toxic and can cause sickness to people as much as it is likely to cause harm to fish and sea turtles upon coming in contact.

Things To Do

A cozy dinner on the lovely beach at Soneva Fushi under the open-air, starlit sky is the ideal way to spend your time in Glowing Beach. To make the experience even better, they provide some of the greatest local BBQs and a large wine selection.

Stay at Cheval Blanc Randheli's Water Bungalow

Go for a romantic getaway to the Maldives' Cheval Blanc Randheli Resort and immerse yourself in the mesmerizing beauty and enchanting calm of the glittering blue seas blending with the blue sky. As the sun goes down on the sea, the place will get even better.

Unwind on Hulhumale Beach's Pristine Sand Beach

Hulhumale Beach is the ideal place to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of city life. One of the coolest things to do here is to relax on the smooth white sand beaches while watching the waves of the Indian Ocean.

Take a seaplane or a helicopter trip over the beautiful islands. You will get to marvel at the sight of the whole island carpeted with lush tropical foliage.

Enjoy Scuba Diving at Maafushi. There are various diving spots in the vicinity, as well as competent driving instructors that can help you have a fulfilling diving experience.

Remember to carry necessary skin lotions and sunscreens while you relax on the beach during daytime

How to Reach

Velana International Airport is the main international airport in the Maldives. Once you reach there it’s quite convenient to reach Vodoo Island because it is well connected to the rest of the Maldives. The island lies around 8 kilometers from Male, the Maldives' capital city and primary airport. You can reach there by hiring a speedboat but only through an organized trip as a speedboat needs permission.

Best Time to Visit: Between June and October

The plankton is most visible from mid-summer through winter, but there is a likelihood for it to emerge at any time of the year. There is nothing fixed as such. However, make sure to make your booking arrangements much in advance because this time is the peak tourist season.

The place seems to be like straight out of dreamland. With its translucent waters, Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives is an absolute paradise and travellers here wait for the sun to go down just to catch a glare of this almost miraculous happening.

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