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Photo Samples, Mauritius

 

Mauritius! Like the Seychelles, the island has a deserved reputation of being a tropical paradise with loads of expensive resorts whereto rich people can escape from the ordeals of the world. Quite funny, there is a lot more to Mauritius than just beaches - markets, for example. It takes less than a few minutes to get away from all the other tourists and dive into the colourful universe of the mainy Indian population.

And, as always, please respect my copyright and ask politely before you even consider using any of the shots for anything.

Mauritius classic, here from the beach of the incredibly posh Paradise Hotel. Fortunately, even poor non-residents can join in for a cold drink; La Morne, South-West Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Same place, just from the public beach, five kms south; La Morne, South-West Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Paradise Golf Course in the shade of the UNESCO-classified mountain La Morne Brabant; South-West Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

La Morne Brabant, South-West Mauritius. Barely 550 meters high, but important to the Mauritians as a symbol of the slave trade, centuries ago.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Chamaral "coloured Earths". The colours are due to different solidifying of volcanic lava; La Morne, South-West Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Heavy hormones; Chamaral, La Morne, South-West Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Almost sunset at Mahebourg, South-East Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Hindu temple; Mahebourg, South-East Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Praying at the Hindu temple (Shiva); Mahebourg, South-East Mauritius. The nine stone figures represent the nine planets, a feature I have never seen in temples in India.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Monday market; Mahebourg, South-East Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Monday market; Mahebourg, South-East Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Lunc break? Monday market; Mahebourg, South-East Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

  

Sugar cane workes; Eastern Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Peace and quiet inside the protective reef; Eastern Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Sunset at Cap Malheureux; far North Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Big flock of giant tortoises from the Seychelles, here at La Vanille Zoo, Southern Mauritius. Their successful breeding programme has produces several hundred of these gentle giants to replace the original ones eaten by the sailors in the past centuries.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Hello! 200 kg hardback at La Vanille Zoo, Southern Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Feeding the oldest and biggest of the flock - 96 years of age and 250 kg - the one to the right, it is! La Vanille Zoo, Southern Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

"Tortoise Jaws" - the possible inspiration for the next Spielberg movie; La Vanille Zoo, Southern Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Potato workers; Southern Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Potato worker; Southern Mauritius. Like most other Mauritians, she's of Indian descent.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The powerful surf at Gris-Gris, one of the unprotected beaches with no coral reef outside; Southern Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Local cemetary close to the beach; Southern Mauritius. For some funny reason, even the Hindus seem to bury their dead - in India, they get cremated.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Hanuman statue, Hindu temple, L'Escalier; Southern Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Grand Baie, the connercial tourist center of Northern Mauritius, and yet, in June, there are hardly any tourists at all. As elsewhere, the secret of great travelling is to pop up a little bit off-season.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Beautiful lion fish, the Aquarium; Western Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Salt pans; Tamarin, Western Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Buckets of fresh sea salt; Tamarin, Western Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Colourful bottom fish; Tamarin, Western Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

Small barracuda; Tamarin, Western Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen

The result of a very big barracuda hitting a 1 kg 'perch' hitting my plug! How big? Who knows, but it must have been mighty big to inflict such a big mess. Tamarin, Western Mauritius.  Claus Qvist Jessen
 

 

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