Photos: The glowing Maldives beach you have to see to believe

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  • Updated: Aug 10, 2016 07:16 IST
We’re heading to the Vaadhoo Island, which is home to a sea of stars that glow in a mesmerising scene when the sun goes down. (Instagram)

Bucket list alert!

It’s no coincidence that the Maldives are a favoured destination for newlyweds jetting off on honeymoon.

Take me here #vaadhooisland #maldivas #bioluminescence #seaofstars #nature #dream #goals

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The beauty of this archipelago and its 1,190 islands -- located 600km (373 miles) southwest of Sri Lanka -- guarantees a very romantic ambiance. Lovebirds looking for an extra touch of magic should check out Vaadhoo Island.

Vaadhoo Island, Sea of Stars, Maldives Picture by Will Ho #seaofstars #maldives #vaadhooisland #wanderlust

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And today we’re heading to the Vaadhoo Island, which is home to a sea of stars that glow in a mesmerising scene when the sun goes down.

#vaadhooisland #maldivesislands♥ #sunnysideoflife

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Unusual feature

Vaadhoo Island, at the heart of the archipelago, is a paradise island with translucent waters. But visitors above all wait for nightfall to catch sight of an incredible phenomenon. As the sun goes down, the waves lapping the island’s shoreline take on a twinkling phosphorescent glow.

The sea of stars on #vaadhooisland #maldives 🌊❤️

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In fact, tiny little creatures called phytoplankton living in the water create bioluminescence, seen as a blue glow best observed in the dark. These micro-organisms float in the water charging up with electrical impulses all day long. They create a fantastical sea of glowing blue stars, like the night sky reflected in the ocean waves.

El mar de estrellas #vaadhooisland 🌌🌊

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How to get there

Vaadhoo Island is located 8km (5 miles) from Malé International Airport, the main airport in the Maldives. Visitors can reach the island by speedboat in around 15 minutes.

I've never seen anything so beautiful💙💎✨ #seaofstars #vaadhooisland #maldives

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Best beach activity

Certain couples head directly to Vaadhoo Island to spend their honeymoon among the spectacular sea of stars. Like many destinations in the Maldives, this island is also a hotspot for snorkeling and diving, with corals and various forms of marine life to discover.

Accommodation is available on the island or on one of the neighboring islands, where hotels can help visitors organize trips to Vaadhoo. Otherwise, it goes without saying that the best beach activity on Vaadhoo is watching the magnificent glowing waters once the sun goes down.

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