Nature photographers will be mesmerised by the vibrant colours, fabulous views and greenery of Mauritius. Here’s where to go on this picturesque island.
All sorts of blue
To be fair, Mauritius’ beaches are all beautiful and picture-worthy. However, here are two that photographers will surely want to capture on cam: Riviere des Galets Beach’s beautiful beachline is covered in pebbles and shiny boulders, making for an interesting photo, juxtaposed with the turquoise water and black sand. Go at sunset for a more dramatic image. Sir Felix Beach, known as Chemin Grenier Beach, has two parts. The eastern part is more popular with the tourists, but both areas are picturesque, with charming vistas of blue waters and beautiful lagoons with coral reefs. There’s a characterful wooden pier that looks great in photos. Bonus: This beach is home to various food vendors and shacks and is a great place to sample local delicacies.
For more underwater images, Mauritius offers many companies who can take you diving, snorkelling or even Seabob-ing! This unique underwater vehicle will take you down 2.5 metres deep and let you experience the pleasure of gliding through the waters. It’s an experience not to be missed!
Green and verdant
Mauritius’ botanic garden, formally known as Sir Seewoosagur Botanic Garden is popularly known as Pamplemousses Botanic Garden because it is located in that district, which used to be where slaves lived and worked. People — tourists and locals alike — love this garden because of the exotic flora and fauna in it. This grand old lady will turn 300 years old in 2029 and has an amazing collection of 85 types of palm trees, including the talipot palm, which blooms every 40 years and then dies. Interesting areas within the garden include the Spice Garden, ponds filled with giant water lilies and exotic flora such as the sausage tree and the fish poison tree, whose seeds can stun and kill a fish. It’s also home to giant tortoises, stags and abundant bird life.
Rare plumage and exotic leaves
A small island southeast off Mauritius, Ile aux Aigrettes, made up of coralline sandstone, is home to the last remnants of dry coastal forest. It is home to a large number of extremely rare and endangered species of plants and animals. For people who want to see what Mauritius must have been like centuries ago, this is the place to go. The result of successful government conservation efforts, this tiny island is thriving and gets visitors who love to see exotic species in the wild. We recommend getting an appointment to hike with a Mauritius Wildlife Foundation biologist who can guide you to discover rare species of plants and animals.
A feast for the eyes is the Terres de 7 Couleurs or the Chamarel 7, which refers to the village and its coloured earth, flaunting the shades of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow. Stretching four kilometres in length, its unique colouration is the result of spontaneous chemical reactions below ground. What’s even more fascinating is that even if the soil is mixed, it separates into its individual colours. Another photogenic site in this area is the Chamarel Falls, flowing over huge rocks and unleveled land. The waterfalls and the rainbow-coloured sand is not one to be missed.
Grey cetaceans and deep blue sea
The waters surrounding Mauritius is on the migratory path of Bottlenose and Spinner dolphins as well as Humpback and Sperm whales. Head to the west coast of the island, at Tamarin Bay, Le Morne Peninsula, Point Moyenne and Black River. There are many businesses on the island that provide dolphin and whale watching tours. You may also encounter them while snorkelling or diving, so keep your camera handy underwater!
Rich earth tones
Black River Gorges National Park is where you’ll find species of endangered animals and plants. The largest national park in Mauritius, Black River can be explored via hiking or other modes of transportation for rugged terrain. Go on a hike and take photos of the area’s flora and fauna. Among the animals found in the park are the pink pigeon, Mauritian kestrel, red and roe deer, flying foxes, wild boars, macaques and butterflies.
The mountainous terrain of Frederica Nature Reserve offers breathtaking views and vast plans, where stags run wild, as well as impressive waterfalls and natural beauty. This park’s rich biodiversity is preserved through government efforts and can be explored through quad biking, 4×4 recovery tour, trekking, a kids’ tour and Segway. We suggest a photo safari tour during the golden hours of the morning or the afternoon, at sunrise or sunset.
For more photo-worthy moments, head to Domaine de l’Etoile, the biggest natural and private reserve in Mauritius. It is rich in fauna and protected wild flora. The best way to capture great images and see everything is to hike through the park.
For a one-stop shop adventure, try Casela World of Adventures, the most visited attraction in Mauritius. The park offers many experiences that provide great photo opportunities — from an African Safari, encounters with big cats, riding dry toboggans and scenic ziplines. It’s the perfect place to swim with dolphins in the morning, ride a camel at noon and walk with lions in the afternoon.
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