Mauritius from Above: Flying over the North Coast on a Seaplane

Posted on October 2, 2013 by

With miles and miles of picture-perfect sandy beaches and acres of greenery, Mauritius is definitely best seen from the skies. Exploring on land and by boat may give good perspectives of the island, but only by taking to the skies can you fully get a grasp of the island’s geography.

On our recent trip to Mauritius, I had the opportunity to fly on a two-seater seaplane around 130m above the sea with German pilot Frank from Fly Mauritius. The water sparkled in different shades of blue, from the light spearmint color of the shallow lagoon to the dark navy blue of the Indian Ocean. Tiny heart-shaped islets peppered the rugged coastline and coral reefs sprawled across the entire coastline. We flew over fishermen rowing in their traditional dhows and kitesurfers riding the waves in their fluorescent-colored gear. Rows of resorts and hotels fringed the shoreline, while further inland loomed emerald green mountains and sugarcane plantations.

Frank pointed out the islets and coves that were more prominent and popular with tourists. From above, they all looked quiet and empty except for a few fishermen boats docked on their shallow waters. He showed me his favorite parts of the island and talked about what he liked doing on Mauritius. I asked Frank what made him decide to move to Mauritius, he looked down at what lay beneath us, smiled and said, “For this.”

To give you an idea of what Frank means, here’s a look at some shots I took from the seaplane. 

Heart-shaped islets off the coast

Heart-shaped islets in the aqua water surrounded by reefs

Gunner's Quoin island off the coast

The dramatic Gunner’s Quoin island stands in the distance

A traditional sailboat gliding through the water

Fishermen in a traditional Mauritian sail boat

Different shades of blue

Under the wings

Kitesurfers from above

A kitesurfer from above

Coral reefs cover the seabed

Massive coral reefs sprawl across the coastline, forming a natural barrier around Mauritius

A panorama of the spearmint water

A panorama of the aerial view

A canvas of watercolors

Patches of coral pepper the sea bed like freckles on a face

Swirling colors

Water of different depth swirl together to form a palette of beautiful colors

Grand Gaube, Mauritius

The greenery of Grand Gaube and mountains further inland

The busy northern coast of Mauritius

The entire northern coast stretching into the horizon

Northern coast of Mauritius

The curvy coastline of northern Mauritius as seen from Grand Gaube

Trip Details:

The seaplane flight can be booked directly on or at Luxe Grand Gaube. The flight takes around 20 minutes and availability depends on weather and wind conditions. The company is not allowed to fly before 9am due to hotel regulations. You don’t have to be a guest of the resort to book the flight.

The seaplane from Luxe Grand Gaube

Disclaimer: The #MyMauritius blog trip is created and managed by iambassador and AHRIM, in association with the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority and Air Mauritius. While our trip is sponsored, all opinions expressed above are our own.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

10 Responses to “Mauritius from Above: Flying over the North Coast on a Seaplane”

  1. slioy October 3, 2013 12:42 am #

    This looks awesome! How hard was it to get good photos in the context of a moving light plane?

    • Nellie October 3, 2013 4:38 am #

      It wasnt too difficult because the aircraft was relatively stable and there was a hole through which I could poke my camera out of the window. Ive tried photographing from a microlight and paraglide too, those were easier without any windows blocking, but I was also afraid of dropping my camera! ;)

      • slioy October 3, 2013 5:04 am #

        Camera OUT THE WINDOW?! Ha… how many times was that strap wrapped around your wrist?

        They look great, though!

        I feel you about the fear of dropping… I was at Oktoberfest about a week ago and took the DSLR with me up on the Tower Ride. I was snapping photos once it reached the top, but the whole time thinking "OHGODOHGOD DONT LET GO!" and I imagine a paraglide would be about the same.

  2. Raymond Waruhari October 3, 2013 3:44 am #

    These are some of the most beautiful photos that I have seen in a long time.

    • Nellie October 3, 2013 4:36 am #

      Huge thanks Raymond, that means a lot to me! Im not the best photographer around and really appreciate your kind remarks.

  3. Anja Van Der Vorst October 3, 2013 6:48 am #

    Triple wow; what gorgeous pictures from the most beautiful scenery!

  4. Carlos Ho D. October 4, 2013 11:15 am #

    These photos look great. It must be quite an experience! If I ever go to Mauritius I'll try to make this happen. :)

  5. EurotripTips October 6, 2013 11:45 am #

    Not jealous. Not jealous at all.

    • Nellie October 18, 2013 8:45 am #

      LOL! You dont have to be. Im sure you will get there soon!


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