Best Places in the World to Witness Bioluminescence

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This incredible phenomenon that is bioluminescence can be carefully captured by film or photograph, but you cannot underestimate the enjoyment and awe at seeing it with your own two eyes. A dazzling underwater light show like no other, as the light emissions blink, wink and glow, you will be transported to a scene that is like something straight out of a science fiction film.

Bioluminescence can’t be found just anywhere, making the opportunity to witness the spectacle even more special. If you are fortunate enough to be in a part of the world where you can go on a tour to see one of the planet’s most spectacular phenomena first hand, you won’t regret grabbing the chance!

So, where in the world can you witness bioluminescence? Read on to find out!

#6 Big South Fork, TN/KY, United States

Big South Fork is the native home of a rare annual firefly gathering phenomenon that usually occurs around the second week of June. The area, which is best known for its long, winding gorges and natural sandstone bridges, draws in those people who wish to see the incredible display put on by the fireflies as they congregate and flash in unique patterns and sequences which indicate gender, territory and mating.

#5 Springbrook Park, Australia

Glow worms are another creature which can emit bioluminescence. Many people don’t realize that glow worms are actually the larval stage of a small fly, and not, as they believe, a type of worm. Glow worm caves can only be found in Australia and New Zealand, with some of the most impressive being found in Springbrook Park, Australia. When night falls, the glow worms produce a bluish-green bioluminescent glow in order to attract prey to sticky threads, where they can then devour them. Entering the caves, you will be able to look up to see them creating patterns across the cave ceiling.

#4 Halong Bay, Vietnam

This is UNESCO World Heritage Site in northeast Vietnam is known for its emerald waters and towering islands topped with lush rainforests. However, it is also home to fluorescent plankton that lights up as a defence mechanism against predators. The sudden, eerie glow is usually enough to surprise those creatures higher up on the food chain, who will then fear being spotted and preyed upon themselves. Take a tour across the stunning bay where your movement will disturb the waters enough to trigger a bioluminescent display you will never forget.

#3 Puerto Mosquito, Vieques, Puerto Rico

On the southern shore of the island of Vieques, Puerto Mosquito – or Mosquito Bay – is often referred to as being magical thanks to the countless dinoflagellates that live within the waters there. These tiny, bright organisms thrive within the ecosystem, and when they are disturbed, emit a burst of blue light that dances within the water.

#2 Waitomo, New Zealand

Another very popular location to see glow worms in action, this settlement, which is around 2.5 hours from Auckland, has some remarkable cave systems. Many of these will be covered, walls and ceiling, with the fluorescent luminosity of hundreds or thousands of glow worms, shining to tempt their next meal.

#1 Titusville and Merritt Island, Florida, United States

There is no better way to witness bioluminescence first-hand than by booking a bioluminescent kayaking tour in Florida. Actually on the water and just inches away from a light display that many say rivals the Northern Lights, a Florida kayaking tour on the Indian River lagoon is an experience like no other. With nothing but the sounds of nature and the soft paddling of your oars through the water, there is no light pollution which enables you to see the display of shimmering, swirling blues created by the disturbed dinoflagellates. No two adventures are the same.

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