Bioluminescence at Mosquito Bay in Puerto Rico, USA
Located on the southern shore of Vieques, Mosquito Bay is one of the brightest spots for bioluminescence in the world. Created by plankton called Pyrodinium bahamense, the single cellular organism releases a flash of light 100 times larger than itself when it feels pressure (like a hand through water) against its cellular wall. In order to experience the naturally magical spectacle book a midnight kayaking tour or simply take a late night dip.
Northern Lights near Utsjoki, Finland
As the most northern town in Finland, Utsjoki is one of the top places in Europe to experience the Aurora Borealis. Also known as the Northern lights, it is best to book a trip with an experienced tour company such as The Aurora Service Tours in order to comfortably see the lights. You can book a 3 or 4 night trip to guarantee seeing the glimmering lights and not risk freezing while doing so.
A Neon Night at Shibuya Intersection in Tokyo, Japan
While not a natural phenomenon, the Shibuya intersection is as alive and bright as the most spectacular show of northern lights or bioluminescence. Walk across the intersection a couple of times and take in the sheer volume of people and neon lights the area has to offer. If it gets a little overwhelming, take to an observation deck and have a drink while watching foreign characters dance across advertisement screens with bright light glittering in the distance. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, book a helicopter tour over the city by night to take in the sheer immensity of the metropolis.
Blackwater Dive off the shores of Hawaii, USA
Tethered to a boat for safety, spectate the sea life of the Pacific Ocean by night. See squid, octopus, pelagic seahorses, schools of fish, and maybe even some Manta Rays miles offshore with only a handful of others and some dive lights. At depths exceeding 7,000 kilometers at some points, there’s no telling what will silently rise from the depths to hunt and explore by night. Completely safe, thrilling, and relaxing; booking a tour is the only way to experience the inky depths.
Stargaze at the Atacama Desert in Chile
Often compared to Mars, the Atacama Desert is the driest non-polar desert in the world. Due to the lack of precipitation, it is majorly uninhabitable, meaning low to non-existent levels of light pollution from human civilization. This is ideal for stargazing as there is no interference with the night sky. Again, booking a tour is the best and safest way to spectate and learn about the constellations that can be seen by the naked eye.