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Student Photo Gallery: Mauritius

Voyagers had the opportunity to visit the African island nation of Mauritius while the MV Explorer was docked in the capital city of Port Louis for a day. Dramatic, damp weather made for moody photographs and even a glimpse of a rainbow. Below are the best images from our time in Mauritius.

Taken from a catamaran during her marine biology field lab, Melissa Bak, a criminology student from Westfield State College, caught a glimpse of Mount Le Pouce peeking through the early morning fog.
Despite the gloomy weather, participants on Semester at Sea’s “Scenic South” field program visited an authentic Hindi temple. Rachel Marra, a student from SUNY College New Paltz, witnessed a Mauritian woman unfazed by the rain (left). “It was incredible to see how the weather didn’t affect her at all. The entire area was flooded with almost a foot of water yet this woman still spent nearly 20 minutes in front of that one statue to pay her respects.” During the day in Port Louis, University of Florida student Avery Segal visited the city’s central market (right). “It was one of the first multi-story fruit and vegetable markets I’ve seen. I picked a spot on the second floor and just stayed there, having a great time observing and learning about the local market life.”
University of California-Los Angeles student Catherine Bronzo captured the breathtaking colors of a rainbow welcoming the MV Explorer to Mauritius. “The deep blue water mixed with this rainbow made for quite an exceptional view that I’ll never forget.”
The SAS Mountain and Beach field program included a beautiful hike through the lush greenery of Mount Le Pouce, the island’s third highest peak. Lifelong learner Joanne Ickstadt, who photographed the image above, braved the rainy adventure alongside fellow Lifelong Learners Phyllis Brown and Susan Massey (pictured). “The hot tea and delicious lunch at the Eureka Colonial House afterwards was well-earned by all!”
Jay Jarosz, a student from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, spent most of his time in Mauritius underwater, snorkeling off the coast near Tamarin. “Although it was pouring rain, we didn’t mind as we would be going into the water anyway which was surprisingly warm and very comfortable to swim in.”
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