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Keep in Mind These 5 Things Not to Do in Mauritius - Give these thoughts a wide berth

Mauritius is blessed with almost everything that the Maldives could possibly wish for, making it an absolute tropical paradise chock full of exciting things to do. However, there are also a bunch of thoughts that yearning holiday-seekers headed to the idyllic African country should steer clear of.


Go hiking without a guide - Set your inner explorer free, with caution

The riveting mountainous interior of the African island nation, especially the likes of the renowned Black River Gorges National Park, is brimming with dense forests, cascading waterfalls, rugged hiking trails and a myriad of other wonders of nature that are sure to invigorate your inner explorer to embark on an adventurous trek into the untouched wild. As thrilling as it sounds, you do not want to kick off this adventure without the presence of a local guide who knows the deserted interiors like the back of his hand.


Relying on taxis for getting around - Definitely not your go-to mode of transportation

Getting around Mauritius is not really easy, and taxis are definitely not the way to do it. One could say that taxi drivers are the least trustworthy in the island nation and it is advised for all tourists to think twice before they hop in one. They are a guileful breed who are deviously skilled at luring you into their cars with the promise of attractive rates and before you know it, they have taken the liberty of squeezing in a host of jewellery stores, authentic decorative craft outlets and factory shops into your journey, from which they may or may not receive a commission. So, if public transport is a no-go, renting a car would be the way to go.


Whole day beaching - Mind your slice of sun, sand and sea

Turquoise blue waters, palm-fringed sands and gorgeous sunsets—as an island nation that put itself on the map for many tourists thanks to its picture-postcard beaches, it wouldn't be surprising if you may feel tempted to spend your entire day unwinding on the golden shores. However, there's a plethora of other exciting activities and attractions in Mauritius waiting to treat you to some blissful time away on the tropical island. If you find yourself so in love with these pristine sands, there's a clutch of fine beach hotels, including the likes of Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas, that let you stay just a stone's throw away.


Public toilets - Best take your business elsewhere

Public toilets in Mauritius are not the cleanest and the most hygienic, and more often than not, are an absolute no-go. So, it is advisable to seek refuge in restaurant and hotel facilities, and always carrying a roll of toilet paper on you can be a real lifesaver.


Follow Google Maps blindly - Locals know the best

Mauritius isn't the incredibly intelligent Google Maps' strongest suite and relying entirely on it could take a turn for the worse without you knowing until you are stranded at some deserted corner. Therefore, it would be best to consult locals for directions when heading out.