Island's Glowing 'Sea Of Stars' Will Make You Want To Pack Your Bags Now


There are all sorts of amazing places in the world that will seriously take your breath away.

Remember when we showed you that pretty pink lagoon in Mexico?

Well, if that dreamy destination gave you the sudden urge to quit your job and travel the world, you might want to call up work and give them your two weeks notice.

We're about to show you another stunning spot that's out of this world (literally).

OK, well maybe this starry sea is still on planet Earth, but if you ask me, this glowing beach definitely looks like something straight out of the movie "Avatar."

This insane beach is located in Vaadhoo, a little island in the Maldives that only has 550 inhabitants.

During the day, this place looks just like your ordinary island oasis.

But as soon as the sun sinks below the horizon, the blue tide comes to life...

...and the water transforms into a spectacular display of twinkling fluorescent lights.

Now, I know what you're probably thinking. And no, this phenomenon, known as the "Sea of Stars," is not some sort of voodoo magic.

The water surrounding this secluded island is simply filled with a special type of glowing phytoplankton called dinoflagellates.

These marine critters give off a bioluminescence when the water around them is disturbed by oxygen...

...and as you can see, the results are pretty damn spectacular.

If you're curious about the science behind this glowing chemical reaction, we'll break it down for you.

As the dinoflagellates drift through the waves, the movements in the water send tiny electrical signals to a proton-filled compartment inside the phytoplankton. Then, the proton ion channels to turn into flashing units.

Then, the pH level of the dinoflagellates' cells change, causing a string of chemical reactions, activating a protein known as luciferase.

When this protein comes in contact with oxygen, it emits a brilliant, neon blue light.

If Vaadhoo seems a little out of the way, don't worry.

You can still get a glimpse of this starry sea phenomenon without flying to the other side of the world.

A few other places in California and Puerto Rico are also known to have lit beaches, thanks to these little glowing phytoplankton.

Citations: If you want to swim in a florescent sea of stars you need to visit Vaadhoo Island (Metro UK)