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Photo Samples, The Seychelles and Mauritius

 

The Seychelles! Mauritius! Both of these distant Indian Ocean republics carry with them a deserved reputation of being a tropical paradise with loads of expensive resorts whereto rich people can escape from the ordeals of the world. To some extent, this is true, but not quite. the Seychelles is mostly beaches and nature, however, Mauritius contains lots of local life - 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.

Downtown Victoria; Mahe, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The Seychelles "Creole" is mostly like phonetic French - completely uncomprehensable; Victoria, Mahe, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Local edition of the Manneken Pis; Mahe, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Very local hot dog stand; Victoria Harbour, Mahe, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Fruity business; Victoria, Mahe, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Spice vendor; Victoria, Mahe, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

At the fruit market; Victoria, Mahe, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

At the fish market; Victoria, Mahe, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy fish monger; Victoria, Mahe, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Beware the signs - right outside Mahe Airport; The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Somewhere down the not-too-interesting east coast; Mahe, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Happy shop facade; east coast, Mahe, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Another veggie vendor; east coast, Mahe, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The ferry docking in Praslin Harbour, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Very small boat in Praslin Harbour, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Lots of fish even in Praslin Harbour, The Seychelles. Fishing is absolutely forbidden. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Don't even think about it! Praslin Harbour, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The view from Praslin Harbour, Seychelles. The island in the back is La Digue. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Unnamed beach at high tide; Praslin south; The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The roads are (sorry) bloody steep and overgrown as well. Slopes of 20° are not uncommon; Praslin,The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

My wife, Annette, displaying the worlds biggest nut, the fantastic "coco de mer", which only grows the Valle de Mai reserve in central Praslin. For this reason, the forest is UNESCO rated; The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Two more "coco de mer", indeed a rare and very slow-growing nut; Valle de Mai, central Praslin; The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A fairly large spider from the rainforest in Valle de Mai; central Praslin, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Beach shop; northern Praslin, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Fruit stall; northern Praslin, The Seychelles. Due to tourism, everything is very expensive. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Bush house; North Praslin, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The remains of an old cinnamon distillery; North Praslin, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The stunningly beautiful Anse Boudain; North Praslin, Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Another angle of  Anse Boudain; North Praslin, Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Winding road behind Anse Boudain; North Praslin, Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Light tackle fly fishing on a grey day off Anse Boudain; North Praslin, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Light tackle fly fishing off Anse Boudain; North Praslin, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Mangrove perch of a kind; Lazio backwater; North Praslin, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A funny bottom dweller which happily snapped my flies; North Praslin, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Another funny bottom dweller which happily snapped my flies. Probably a male, North Praslin, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A 1½ metre shark, killed by another shark of roughly the same size. The bite mark was at the gills. Cousins Island; The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The Seychelles is a great place for birding, and lots of the seagulls are not at all afraid of humans - just like Galapagos; Cousins Island off Praslin. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Another not at all afraid seagull resting in a tree trunk; Cousins Island off Praslin. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The eggs are laid straight on the tree trunk, meaning that the chicklets spend their first weeks balancing on a branch; Cousins Island, Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The Seychelles is also a great place to watch lizards and other reptiles, some of which are not that afraid of humans due to the ansence of natural predators - like Galapagos. Here Cousins Island, off north-west Praslin. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Another reptile which is not easily frightened. The giant tortoises are reported to be the biggest on earth; Cousins Island, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Curieuse Island, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Curieuse Island, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Curieuse Island, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Curieuse Island, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

House at the main street of the very touristy La Digue, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Colourful cemetary at the northern part of La Digue, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Very green metting; day geckos at south-west La Digue; The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Like chess pieces, the old tombstones at Union Estate witness the past; south-west La Digue, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Somewhere at Union Estate; south-west La Digue, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

The big thing at Union Estate, La Digue, is growing vanilla. To prevent theft and "black market", they have been "tattooed" with the UE letters. The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

A corner of the Source d'Argent beach, often voted the most beautiful beach on earth; south-west La Digue, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Another corner of the Source d'Argent beach; south-west La Digue, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Selfie lady - and a very eager one at the Source d'Argent beach; south-west La Digue, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

Where shopping baskets end when they die: As carriers on bikes for tourists; south-west La Digue, The Seychelles. © Claus Qvist Jessen

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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