The Sea of Stars phenomenon can occur throughout the country, but some of the most spectacular photographs have been captured on the eastern islands, including Vaadhoo, Madhdhoo, and Ragnali.

The Sea of Stars is caused by a natural chemical reaction known as bioluminescence, which occurs when a microorganism in the water is disturbed by oxygen. This phenomenon is not unique to Vadhoo Island in the Maldives and it can be seen in different parts of the world.

The most common species that cause marine bioluminescence are known as dinoflagellates. As they float, movement in the surrounding water sends electrical impulses which create a series of chemical reactions that form the beautiful neon blue light.

This blue light effect which forms a Sea of Stars is believed to be some sort of defense for these organisms. Predators that eat them may attract bigger predators simply because it can glow even when inside another creature. Some of them may even produce toxins that are harmful to humans and other creatures.

However, Dinoflagellates are not the only creatures that produce bioluminescence. Deep-sea squids, angelfish, or krills can also produce similar light effects – for their own reasons.

This natural phenomenon is just one site where you can actually see it. It can happen practically anywhere. On the Maldives, you can visit the islands of Rangali or Mudhdhoo where you can also see the Sea of Stars happening.

The marine phenomenon can be best seen during moonless nights. It is a random event and it can happen anytime. While you are on holiday, just keep watching the sea at night and you might see it. However, the Sea of Stars phenomenon seems to be more prevalent in late summer through to the new year.

The Sea of Stars is a natural phenomenon that occurs throughout the Maldives. You should not plan your holiday around it because there is no way of knowing when and at which time it will happen. Just go on your holiday anytime you want and hope to see this spectacular event as a bonus.