A drone has captured footage of an underwater waterfall optical illusion from above in Mauritius, and it’s just about as amazing as you’d imagine:
Pretty incredible, isn’t it?
The footage was shot by videographer Reuben Pillay of ReubsVision, who flew his drone above Mauritius to capture the breathtaking spectacle – located at the southwestern tip of the island nation, where a runoff of sand and silt deposits create the impression of an underwater waterfall.
Mauritius, which lies between Madagascar and Australia in the Indian Ocean, is part of a group of islands that sit on what’s known as a Submarine Plateau or Ocean Shelf. This shelf is the largest of its kind in the world, with some areas as deep as 150m below sea level – though the ‘drop-off’ area of this shelf plunges to depths of over 4000m.
Despite what it looks like in the video, what you actually see isn’t he water falling, but sand from Mauritius’ beaches being forced off the plateau by oceanic currents.
Hands up who’s desperate to go to Mauritius now?
Another place you might want to add to your bucket list is Vietnam, where you’ll find this stunning new footbridge that looks like it’s dropped straight out of the J. R. R. Tolkien Lord of the Rings universe.
The 150m-long bridge, which is known as Cau Vang (gold bridge), opened in June this year after taking just under a year to construct.
Not only does it feature two giant stone hands that seem to hold the bridge up, it’s also a beautiful golden colour and, better still, sits 400m above sea level – meaning tourists often find themselves above the cloudline, just to add to that feeling that they’re in some mystical fantasy land.
Looking out over the dramatic Ba Na hills, Cau Vang was built as part of a massive $2bn investment project that aims to turn Vietnam into an unmissable tourist destination, adding to the 1.5m visitors the nearby Da Nang area already welcomes every year.
The Ba Na hills region was historically a popular holiday destination for French colonialists in the 20th Century, but it fell into disrepair after they were kicked out by a Vietnamese revolution.
However, the bridge is already working its magic in pulling in the punters – and their selfie sticks – so something tells us it won’t take long for the otherworldly scenes to get the area back on the map.
Featured Image Credit: Reuben Pillay