DestinationsThese travel suppliers are offering offering a front-row seat to a rare cosmic event.

Look this way for this month's supermoon

A dazzling supermoon rose over Dubai in April.
A dazzling supermoon rose over Dubai in April. Photo Credit: Vinay Swaroop Balla & Qatar National Tourism Council

Hotels and airlines are planning super experiences to coincide with the supermoon on 26 May.

This month’s pink supermoon is a result of the moon moving close to Earth – ‘just’ 357,462 km apart, coinciding with a full lunar eclipse, giving the moon a pinkish hue.

Qantas will take a few hundred lucky passengers even closer to the spectacle with a special supermoon scenic flight on board a B787 Dreamliner.

The three-hour flight will depart from Sydney and begin with a scenic flyover of Sydney Harbour before climbing above any potential cloud cover and atmosphere pollution to a cruising altitude of 13,000m — the maximum cruising altitude of a Dreamliner — for supermoon and full lunar eclipse viewing.

On the ground, the supermoon experience will be no less awesome, led by Qatar National Tourism Council ‘s (QNTC) range of astro-tourism experiences.

Inspired by the starry skies of the Qatari desert, QNTC is partnering with local astro-photographer, Vinay Swaroop Balla, to capture photos of the moon rising above the country’s most iconic locations, Torch Tower and Al Aamriya Desert.

The QNTC astro-themed experiences are available throughout the year.

Another desert location with great night-time star and moon-gazing opportunities is Ayers Rock Resort in Central Australia.

The resort offers a variety of different astronomy tours and inclusions, from star talks during dining experiences and a complimentary guest activity, Astronomy — Capturing the Cosmos documentary.

At Soneva Jani in the Maldives, guests will have a super view of the supermoon at the first overwater observatory in the Maldives. A night of moon gazing at the resort can also include dinner under the stars.

Inspired by the Earth Hour Movement, a yearly event celebrated by switching off the lights for one hour, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Angsana Ihuru in the Maldives have taken the movement to the next level and dedicated 12 hours every month to connect to Earth.

The lights are switched off from 6pm until 6am the following day, taking advantage of the moon’s natural luminescence.

For the supermoon, both night snorkelling and a Full Moon Cruise via the Catamaran Kahan’bu are expected to be popular among guests.

In Vietnam, Six Senses Con Dao offers a special Sound Healing, Vegan Wellness break during full moon.

As darkness falls and the supermoon is rising over the ocean, a Himalayan Singing Bowl will guide guests into a meditative state of mind, “restoring peace and bringing healing”. 

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