Mauritius: The astonishing illusion of an underwater waterfall

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Mauritius was formed 7 to 10 million years ago at the instigation of the large caldera volcanoes which can still be seen today. Discovered by the Arabs in 975, it has beautiful coastlines and coral reef that protects the lagoons and beaches with coconut palms and casuarina trees.

On the southwest tip of the island, another show is to discover from the air. The deposits of sand and silt form an optical illusion giving the impression of seeing a real waterfall diving. View from the satellites, the illusion is even more impressive since natural curves formed by sediments are believe to be a huge waterfall that plunges beneath the ocean.

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A fascinating illusion lies at the southwestern tip of the island. From the air, a flow of sand and silt deposits gives the illusion of an underwater waterfall. With aerial photography, visual misleading impression is absolutely breathtaking! In fact, this natural curiosity can even be seen on Google Maps. Spectacular satellite photos we would almost believe that there is an underwater waterfall off the coast of this tropical paradise. With more photos, the landscape seems to have been painted with shades of green, blue and white, creating the false impression that a waterfall falls into the Indian Ocean bottom.

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This is the sand that causes this magical illusion, and that is found in the most brightly colored water. Important waves crashing in this part of the island scatter the sand and it thus forms a natural flow “down”. With these images we really feel that this is a real waterfall, but the phenomenon is even more amazing

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We all know that Mauritius is known as a paradise Island, but these images add even more appeal to the volcanic island.

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The best cultural excursions in Mauritius

 

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Mauritius is often synonymous with beach turquoise sea and tropical climate but also small island rich in history. During our stay in Mauritius we made a selection of the best places to visit to learn more about this wonderful culture.

The Tea Route de Saint Aubin

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A real discovery for lovers of good teas, the visit is divided into 3 stables (the colonial house in the field of last Aubineaux colonial mansion of the 19th century, plantations and Bois Cheri tea factory and distillery St Aubin), ending with a delicious lunch in the colonial house in St Aubin. The tour will continue in a stable converted into a boutique distillery and essential oils.

Castle of Labourdonnais

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A beautiful area preserved and surrounded by abundant nature, Castle of Labourdonnais is a journey through time to discover a lifestyle that is now only found in the novels of the nineteenth century but the Mauritian style … The castle was well maintain and remains a must see attraction in Mauritius, this architectural marvel built in 1859 is a pleasure for the eyes.

The Adventure of Sugar

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Once the pillar of the Mauritian economy when it was still on its first steps in the big leagues, Sugar has long occupied a prominent place in the life of Mauritians. Coveted and adored sugar was the basis of changes after the independence of this little paradise, omnipresent on the island’s sugar plantations saw the arrival of the great families of farmers and drawing history and identity of Mauritius. Its epic adventure is told at L’Aventure du sucre.