Nestled within the captivating Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Milaidhoo is known as one of the stargazing hotspots in the Maldives. The property collaborates closely with esteemed astronomy expert, Valerie Stimac on various celestial events. As an expert in the field, Valerie knows well what to consider before a celestial stay at Milaidhoo.
According to Valerie, timing is crucial. Guests should plan their visit to align with the desired constellations and astronomical events. She suggests conducting some online research to acquaint themselves with the various constellations visible throughout the seasons. One of Valerie’s must-see cosmic spectacles is the “Geminids” meteor shower, which peaks from December 12 to 14, 2023. It is renowned as one of the most magnificent and reliable meteor displays of the year. Equally remarkable are the “Perseids,” gracing the skies from August 12 to 14, known for their dazzling fireballs that paint the warm summer sky with a trail of vibrant and colorful hues. In the enchanting skies of The Maldives, guests can witness both celestial events in all their splendor.
Milaidhoo is blessed with favorable stargazing opportunities throughout the year due to its latitude. However, Valerie advises travelers to consider the general weather and cloud trends in the Maldives. Clear skies are essential for optimal constellation visibility, so one should keep an eye on the weather conditions during their chosen timeframe. Stargazers are also advised to allocate a minimum of 20 minutes for their eyes to adjust to the darkness and avoid using screens, as this can interfere with the adaptation process and diminish their ability to observe stars. By allowing the eyes to fully adjust, viewers can appreciate the immensity of the starry Maldivian sky and make the most of their stargazing experience at Milaidhoo.
Milaidhoo boasts secluded and dimly lit areas, creating ideal conditions for a mesmerizing stargazing experience. Whether guests choose Valerie’s preferred spot—the beach near the entrance jetty—or the serene surroundings of a private villa or residence, these locations offer unparalleled vantage points for celestial observation. Milaidhoo’s serene and sustainable environment ensures an unforgettable stargazing experience for all visitors, whether they are seasoned astronomers or simply seeking a magical moment under the stars.