Mauritius in pictures
A photographic journey through the East Afican island nation.
mauritius in pictures
Joyful folkloric dancing beside the Indian Ocean on the island of Mauritius. Mauritians love to dance on the beach, by a camp fire, with swirling skirts and swaying hips. The pounding beat may be supplied by traditional instruments or by improvised rattles, tinkling spoons and hand-clapping.
Giant waterlilies (Victoria amazonica) are among the astonishing array of tropical plants at Mauritius’s National Botanical Garden in Pamplemousses, near St Louis. The visitor could wander here for a full week, discovering the spice garden, indigenous medicinal plants, 85 varieties of palm tree, ebonies and sugar cane.
The Ȋl aux Cerfs (Deer Island) off the east coast of Mauritius, is renowned for its beaches of white sand and its lagoon. Come for a round of golf or the aquatic sports. Choose water-skiing or snorkelling, or simply survey the marine life from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat.
There are ocean views from every bedroom at the four-star Tamassa Hotel in Bel Ombre, in the southwest of the island, each with terrace or balcony, overlooking the tropical gardens and palm-fringed beach. Guests have access to a gourmet restaurant, a pool, fitness centre and spa.
Gone fishing. An angler in Blue Bay in the southeast of the island near the coastal village of Mahébourg. These turquoise waters are a subaquatic paradise, teeming with tropical fish, and with coral formations of mesmerising beauty. The swimmer might even encounter the occasional turtle.
The cool early morning is the best time to visit the market at Port Louis to browse the stalls of fresh produce, such as these jewel-bright tomatoes, as well as medicinal herbs, spices, souvenir T-shirts and street food. The stallholders are friendly, the atmosphere buzzy and vibrant.
The phenomenon known as the Seven Coloured Earths, in Chamarel, is formed of sands that spontaneously sift down into folds of different colours, from red and brown, through violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. Even tropical downpours cannot erode this beautiful, surreal moonscape.
Methods of salt production on Mauritius have not changed in two centuries. Most of the island’s salt pans are in Tamarin on the west coast, where the hot, dry conditions are ideal. The shallow basins are filled with sea water, which is allowed to evaporate before the salt is collected.
Hinduism is the most practised religion of Mauritius, and all across the island there are beautiful temples. This decorative and colourful example in Grand Baie to the northwest, is dedicated to Shiva, one of the principal deities. The architecture and motifs are deeply symbolic.
Flic en Flac, on the west coast, south of Port Louis, has grown from fishing village to tourist resort, with restaurants, bars and nightclubs, thanks to its lovely beach, one of the island’s longest, fringed with casuarina trees. Go scuba diving, dolphin spotting, or catch the surf at nearby Tamarin Bay.
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