Destinations for Nature’s Brightest Nighttime Activities

It’s September and temperatures are becoming milder. With the long hot summer days behind us, the crisper fall nights are an appealing time to be outdoors.

While London, Paris and New York City may be some of the most popular cities in the world when looking for great nightlife, how about some less traditional options. Night owls dreaming of their next vacations should consider places to visit where there’s plenty to see in the dark.


Southern Australia – Night hikers in Southern Australia just might find themselves immersed in natural illumination from the country’s most famous glow-in-the-dark fungus called Omphalotus nidiformis or ghost fungus. Though stunning to see, it’s poisonous, so be sure not to eat it.


Toyama Bay, Japan – From March through June, Firefly Squid light up the waters of Toyama Bay in the central Japan Sea. They’re only a few inches long, however gathered by the millions, their bioluminescent blue glow makes for a spectacular sight. In Japan, these squid are considered a delicacy. September may be a little too late to see these Firefly Squid, but there’s always next year.


Vaadhoo Island, Maldives – Though the next occurrence of a red tide is hard to predict, tiny, bioluminescent creatures have been known to make a magnificent nighttime display lighting the waves on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives. With the starry night as a backdrop, it’s a natural occurrence that is truly inspirational.


When nature offers nighttime light shows, it’s time to pack up and take a trip to see these beautiful, luminescent sites firsthand. Not to mention, traveling to other parts of the world makes for memorable moments that last a lifetime.


As always, don’t forget to consider travel protection when planning a vacation. Be sure to choose coverage from a reputable source, such as CSA Travel Protection. To help travelers prepare before their departure, CSA also provides a list of Travel Tips.


No matter the destination, may the next vacation be the perfect combination of relaxing and adventure-filled, but above all, let it be luminous.