Things not to do in Mauritius…
Forget to explore. Mauritius is covered in fertile rolling folds where bursts of tropical colour appear from dense emerald green foliage shrouded in mist from gushing rivers and waterfalls. Although the beach and the hotel pool can be very tempting prospects, it would be a shame to miss out on Mauritius’ interiors with a spider’s web of walking trails in Black River Gorges National Park, providing ample means to do so.
It’s very easy to get sucked into the scene at Grand Baie where brand name shops, French restaurants and DJ pumped nightclubs offer a merry-go-round of fun on the island’s north coast. Hey, don’t get us wrong, good times are there to be had, just try to include a few local restaurants off the beaten track just to ensure you experience an authentic side to island life away from Baie's bright lights.
Stick your nose up at street food. Mauritius is much more rewarding if you have to forage for your own food with deep fried veggies (gato frire), and flatbreads (roti chaud), stuffed with split peas, curries, chutneys, chilies and pickles, available from street stalls and motorbike vendors across the country. Street food lets you mingle with local people and be a little braver rather than sticking with familiar favourites and hiding in air-conditioned restaurants with English menus.