Users' questions

Where can you see bioluminescence in NZ?

Where can you see bioluminescence in NZ?

If you dig into Google, you’ll find there are several more places around New Zealand where it has been seen too.

  • Matakatia Bay.
  • Tindalls Bay.
  • Little Manly.
  • Big Manly.
  • Arkles Bay.
  • Stanmore Bay.
  • Red Beach.
  • Mahurangi Regional Park.

What beaches have bioluminescence?

7 Bioluminescent Beaches and Bays That Glow at Night

  • Sam Mun Tsai Beach, Hong Kong.
  • Manasquan, New Jersey.
  • Toyama Bay, Japan.
  • Mosquito Bay, Puerto Rico.
  • Indian River Lagoon, Florida.
  • Halong Bay, Vietnam.
  • Mission Bay, San Diego.

Where can I see bioluminescent plankton?


  • Glowing plankton can also be experienced in Maldives.
  • Marine plankton emits neon-blue light when being stressed, Hong Kong.
  • Jervis Bay, Australia.
  • Preservation Bay, Tasmania.
  • Vaadhoo Island, Maldives.
  • Koh Rong, Long Beach.
  • Maya Bay, Phi Phi Island.

What makes the water in Gippsland Lakes Blue?

In the Australian summer of 2008/2009, a hauntingly beautiful phenomenon illuminated the Gippsland Lakes and created scenes that those present will never forget. An unusually high concentration of Noctiluca scintillans, a bioluminescent microorganism, turned the water a bright, glowing, ethereal blue.

Why are the Gippsland Lakes glowing at night?

Anyone taking a skinny dip at night would find the water glowing spectacularly around them. The lakes have since lessened in bioluminescence – a good thing as the bacteria blooms are harmful to other life in the lake – and it may be a very long time until a bioluminescent event of that scale happens again on the lake.

What kind of algae is in Gippsland Lakes?

A massive algae bloom of Noctiluca Scintillans, visible as murky red patches during the day, appeared replacing the more usual normal green Synechococcus. But the Noctiluca Scintillans had another trick up its sleeve: at night it glowed.

When did bioluminescence start in the Gippsland Lakes?

The life cycle of the algae appears to have exhausted the nutrient supply from the sequence of fires and floods that started in late 2006. Bio-luminescence will be visible in the lakes again but it may be a lifetime before it matches this vivid outburst of December 2008 and January 2009.