Mauritius a breathtaking island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres off the southeast coast of the African continent, east of Madagascar is nothing less than a paradise.
It is a volcanic island of lagoons and palm-fringed beaches surrounded by warm waters of the Indian ocean. With a wide variety of flora and fauna, it is home to some of the world’s rarest species including dodo which is now extinct from our planet.
The unrealistic beauty of this island makes it a very popular and attractive tourist destination. But other than its beaches, culture and water sports there is something in this island that makes it extremely unique and fascinating, ‘The underwater waterfall of Mauritius’.
Located just off the coast of Le Morne, on the island’s southwest, Mauritius offers a phenomenal view that is too hard to swallow. A underwater waterfall, as fascinating as it sounds its view, its existence is somewhat frightening.
But what if I say it is not true what you’re seeing with your naked eyes but actually it is an optical illusion that nature is playing on us. Yes, this incredible phenomenon is just an spectacular illusion and not a real underwater waterfall.
Sometimes what we see is not real but it deceives us, so does this dreamy waterfall. It is mysterious, stunning but not dangerous. It is an example how nature can be beautiful and terrifying at the same time.
Puzzling out this mystery, the occurrence behind this illusion is because of the falling of sand and silt sediments in such a way that makes it look alike of a pouring waterfall. But in reality it is just the flow of underwater currents that creates such unrealistic images. It is possible to see through it because of the crystal clear water of the ocean. Sometimes it looks like that the entire island is being sucked down a vast drain making it scaringly beautiful.
This perplexing phenomenon when seen from above using a helicopter will give the best view.