If you’ve already started making your plans for the summer and you’re wondering where to go, then look no further as I’m about to tell you about a magical place on Earth that’s guaranteed to take your breath away! In the southwestern part of the Indian Ocean, around 565 miles away from Madagascar, there is a chain of islands called the Mascarene Islands, the largest of which is called Mauritius. The tropical island is formed by a volcanic hot spot in the ocean and has its own unique flora and fauna that attracts many tourists from all over the world. One of its most popular and astounding sights is the infamous ”underwater waterfall”. Now you’re probably wondering how is this possible. Keep reading to find out more about this paradoxical water formation, and how you too can witness this wonder.
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How does the Underwater Waterfall in Mauritius Work?
This otherworldly formation is situated just off the coast of Le Morne – on the southwest of Mauritius. I’m sorry to break it to you, but this unique natural wonder is not an actual waterfall – it’s an optical illusion. The reason why this astonishing view exists is that Mauritius sits on top of the submarine Mascarene Plateau which makes some parts of the land drop off into the ocean. At first, when you see the Underwater Waterfall you might think that the water is pouring into the depths of the ocean, however, this illusory appearance has very little to do with the movement of the water itself. The island is incredibly rich in sand, and due to a process called erosion, the sand on the spot where the ”waterfall” is situated sinks deep into the ocean and it appears like the water is being sucked down.
Is it Safe to Swim in the Underwater Waterfall?
The slope of the Underwater waterfall of Mauritius goes down 2.5 miles, so I wouldn’t suggest it as a diving location for inexperienced swimmers. Apart from that, this formation is 100% safe to swim and surf on, so don’t forget to bring your GoPro with you when you go to visit it – the view is worth it!
How to Get to the Underwater Waterfall in Mauritius?
If you’re planning a trip to Mauritius we suggest you choose dates during the winter or spring. The peak season on the island is between November and April, with the hottest month being March when the daily average high temperature is between 27 – 29 degrees Celsius. If you want to visit the Underwater Waterfall while you’re there, there are two ways you can access this sight. One is by taking a seaplane which will set you back approximately $130 (€120) per person. There is a local company called lagoonFLIGHT which organises daily flights over the Underwater Waterfall. The other option is to take a helicopter. Keep in mind that this is a significantly more expensive alternative that will cost you $863 (€800) per helicopter.
See the Underwater Waterfall in Mauritius from a Bird’s View
If you’re travelling on a budget but still want to take a glance at this breathtaking view – I have great news for you! Put your hiking shoes on and get ready for a little adventure! There is a peninsula on the western side of Mauritius called Le Morne Brabant. You can take a hike to the summit, which will take approximately 3-4 hours, and witness the magnificent illusory waterfall from a bird’s view!
What Else Can You Do During Your Visit to Mauritius?
The beauty of the island of Mauritius is that the weather there is extremely favourable, which allows for tourism all year round! There are two seasons – Summer (from December to April) and Winter (from May to November), with the coldest month of the year being July with an average low temperature of 17 degrees Celsius. The island presents its visitor with white beaches with crystal-clear blue waters, unique flora and fauna, an unprecedented blend of cultures and rich history to tap into. Here are a few things you can do in Mauritius that will make your stay on the island unforgettable!
One of the best and incredibly fun ways to explore the land of Mauritius is through a one-of-a-kind quad biking experience! You’ll get to ride through the island’s incredible forests, valleys and mountains and witness views you’ll be reminiscing about long after your trip’s over. If you’re an inexperienced biker and you feel intimidated by the terrain – don’t worry! There is an option to be seated at the back of the quad bike while being driven around by a professional.
If you’ve never heard of sub-scooter diving before – you’re not alone! This is an exclusive experience you can have only in Mauritius. The sub-scooter is a cross between a submarine and a scooter and is designed to fit two people. If you’re not a fan of scuba diving and still want to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean, this experience might be just for you! The sub-scooter can dive up to 3 meters deep into the ocean and moves at 4 km/h (2.5 miles/h), allowing you to emerge yourself fully in the underwater world of Mauritius.