22 Photos of Mauritius Show Why the Indian Ocean Atoll Is For More Than Just Tropical Island Clichés

When our resident travel photographer Jonty took a flight to Mauritius at the end of January, he had one directive – get as many snaps of the ‘beautificus locus’ of Ile Maurice as possible.

The truth is Jonty is actually a casual photographer, taking photos to satiate his own interest in capturing the scene, though you wouldn’t think so after looking at his spectacular iPhone snaps which have long been eliciting applause from the peeps in the Travelstart office.

All the Mauritius photos, which were taken on an iPhone using Snapseed and Camera+ apps for iOS, show that the remote island nation is for many things beyond extinct Dodo’s, coloured Earth’s, Pamplemousse and Sega dancing; and Jonty’s shots go a long way in showing why the island most resembles an oil painting.

It’s for Visa Free Exoticness just a 4 hour flight from Johannesburg …

1 Coin de Mire

… And the chance of a late afternoon cyclone after a day in the sun.

2 Centara Grand Azuri Sunset

It’s for watching the sun rise from the East …

3 Centara Poste Lafayette Sunrise

… And seeing the reef from a few thousand feet.

4 View of Blue Bay Marine Reserve and Beachcomber Shandrani Resort from the plane

It’s for busting your butt up the monolith at Le Morne …

5 Le Morne

… And symmetrical scenes so idyllic your facebook friends can only look on in scorn.

7 Lux Le Morne Resort2

It’s for sitting on a bar stool so cool it’s in the pool …

6 Lux Le Morne Resort1

… And for all inclusive themed meals on the deck by the pool.

8 Sands Resort

It’s for the opulence of an infinity pool which seems to blend into the sea …

9 Hilton Resort and Spa

… And for an obligatory Phoenix Beer when the thought of Green Island Rum is making you heave.

10 Local beer  Phoenix

It’s for sunscreen-scented slackening surrounded by palms …

11 Maritim Resort and Spa

… And for ghost crab hunting in the early-evening calm.

12 Sunset at Troux aux Biches

It’s for discovering little ‘Ile’s’ off the main isle …

15 Ile des deux Cocos private island

… And hammock induced naps away from the wild.

16 Ile des deux Cocos

It’s for sitting on a rock and staring into the big blue for as long as you like …

17 Blue Bay Marine Reserve

… And for moody skies just before night.

18 Lux Le Morne

It’s for Creole entertainment burly and bright …

19 Local entertainment

… And local delicacies potent with bite.

20 Banana rum (aged for a minimum of 3 months)

It’s about moored boats at Cap Malheureux …

21 Coine de Mire Island

 … And for ice cream (Speedo optional) from a stretch Mini Coop.

22 Ice Cream Mini at Lux Grand Gaube

It’s for reclining on a beach private and serene …

14 Casaurina Resort and Spa

… As gently rocking fleets fade into the sea.

13 Troux aux Biches

All Mauritius images by Jonty Medcalf – Direct Sales Manager at Travelstart South Africa.


Snapseed for iPhone | Snapseed for Android
Camera+ for iPhone | Not available for Android

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