Sea sparkle at the Maldives

See the beach turn luminescent blue at night

Sea sparkle on the Maldives is an amazing sight. Tiny bioluminescent crustaceans can turn several beaches on the islands blue. You can witness this weird phenomenon.

What is sea sparkle?

Sea sparkle happens in different places around the world. Tiny crustaceans give off a bioluminescence light that can turn beaches blue, especially in warmer weather.

The water lights up blue because of ostracod crustaceans. It’s a bit of a mystery as to why these tiny creatures glow, it might be to be to lure bigger predators to eat the creatures that would eat the ostracods, or perhaps to lure a mate. Whatever the reason, it looks amazing.

Different island on the Maldives

It’s always warm in the Maldives, so you can see this phenomenon regularly on different islands. Ask around when you visit the Maldives.

You can see the waves light up as they lap the beach, but also around swimmers or even around your footsteps in the sand. It is a magical sight you won't forget.