Where to see bioluminescent water
Watch the water illuminate by nightfall in these destinations in Australia and around the world.
You've seen the photos. These picture perfect shots of night swimming where your friends are bathing in what looks like an other-worldly neon glow. That's called bioluminescence, and now you can swim in it too.
Bioluminescence in its simplest form is when a living organism emits light. Think of a glowworm and you're there.
That means bioluminescence in the ocean isn't actually caused by the water alone. It's the result of tiny plankton (bioluminescent phytoplankton) in the ocean in droves producing little beams of light for themselves.
Interestingly, bioluminescence in the ocean was documented by Charles Darwin, who described it in his journal after seeing it while sailing on a ship during one of his expeditions. Darwin described it as a 'wonderful and most beautiful spectacle' as the ocean 'glowed with a pale light'.
Bioluminescent algae -- aka Noctiluca (or Sea Sparkle) -- is another related phenomenon.
Where can you find bioluminescent water in Australia?
There are four beaches, bays and bodies of water you can experience bioluminescence around the world:
- Jervis Bay, New South Wales
- Preservation Bay, Tasmania
- Port Lincoln, South Australia
Jervis Bay tours and activities
Port Lincoln tours and activities
Where else can you find bioluminescent water?
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Mosquito Bay, Puerto Rico
- Paquera Bay, Puerto Rico
- Puerto Escondido, Mexico
- Sam-Mun-Tsai Beach, Hong Kong
- Mission Bay, San Diego
- Toyama Bay, Japan
- Krabi, Thailand
- Cape Canaveral, USA
- Merritt Island, Allenhurst, USA
- Isla Baru, Colombia
- Sihanoukville Bay, Cambodia
- Railay Beach, Thailand
- Bio Bay, Cayman Islands
- Anderson Lagoon, Belize
Bioluminescent tours in New Zealand
Auckland bioluminescence kayak tour from Viator
Bioluminescent tours in Thailand
Railay Stand Up Paddleboard Bioluminescent Night Tour
Koh Rong Samloen snorkeling with bioluminescent plankton
Bioluminiescent tours in the Caribbean
Puerto Rico evening kayak tour in Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Bio Bay Kayak Tour in Cabezas, Puerto Rico
Vieques bioluminescent kayak trip
Caribbean bioluminescent glass bottom kayak tour from San Juan
Cayman Islands bioluminescence tour
Half-day bioluminescent boat tour at Seven Mile Beach, Caribbean
Bioluminescent tours in Latin America
Punta Cuchillos kayak tour
Puerto Escondido lagoon boat ride
Bioluminescence tour and sunset river cruise, Hopkins, Belize
Bioluminescent tours in the USA
Cocoa Beach night bioluminescence kayak tour, Cape Canaveral
Bioluminescence night kayaking tour in Allenhurst, United States
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