The “Underwater Waterfall” of Mauritius Island

Mauritius is an island nation 1,200 kilometers southeast of Africa. What’s really interesting about the island is a strange phenomenon occurring on its southwestern tip: an illusion that looks as if there’s a waterfall flowing underneath the ocean.This illusion in Mauritius is known as the Tamarind Cascades. This amazing phenomenon always attracts tourists and allures all visitors to the island with its beauty. The best view of this unique natural attraction of the island is from a bird's eye view. The easiest way to get to the underwater waterfall of Mauritius is sightseeing tours. on helicopters. (more details at It was first seen through a satellite image via Google Earth. explains why it happens (summarized in Google Earth Blog):

“What you’re witnessing, that looks like an underwater waterfall, is actually sand from the shores of Mauritius being driven via ocean currents off of that high, coastal shelf, and down into the darker ocean depths off the southern tip of the island.”

That’s from the aerial point of view. When viewed from other angles, the runoff of sand and silt simply creates a wonderful gradient of blues, greens, and whites. According to Google Earth Blog, the runoff area is actually just 10-20 meters in depth.

Post source: Google Earth Blog | My Modern Met


Source: My Modern Met

Source: Google Earth Blog

Source: My Modern Met

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