Masterchef’s visit to the island in 2020 put Mauritius on the gourmet map. Lunch is the best time to eat out, and great, home-made local cuisine can be found in more modest places. A Mauritian menu must present the four flavors of Creole cuisine: rougaille, curry, vindaye and salmi. They are all à la carte gourmet at L’Escale Créole, a mother-daughter restaurant that offers warm meals on a covered terrace cradled by the Moka mountains. The island is also one of the street food hotspots on the planet, and you can make your way through dumplings (dim sum) and gato pima (chilli bites) during a food and cultural tour of Port Louis with Explore Nou Zil.
World class water sports
Le Morne’s ‘One Eye’ surf spot is one of the top five kitesurfing spots in the world. Steady, steady winds and shallow seas in a protected bay mean beginners can learn all year round. LUX Le Morne kitesurfing club offers a discovery course for small groups from € 103 (£ 88) per person. Mauritius dive sites are also some of the best in the Indian Ocean; the island’s dive centers cater for all skill levels and many offer PADI courses. The Blue Water Dive Center in the northwest, run by underwater photographer Hugh Vitry, offers experienced divers an exciting dive into the ‘Shark Pool’.
Take a walk on the wild side
The land of the dodo is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, with many rare species of birds (but not dodos, of course) sheltering among ancient ebony trees. Take a two-hour guided hike through the native forest of La Vallée de Ferney Wildlife Reserve to observe Mauritius kestrel, Java deer and strange wild boars, or join Yan de Maroussem, the founder of The Dodo Trail during a bird watching trek in the Black River Gorges National Park in the heart of the island.
Activity and adventure
Mauritius, the size of Surrey, is the adventure capital of the Indian Ocean. You can canyoning in Tamarin Falls in the morning and along the west coast at the helm of a Seakart in the afternoon. Electric bike rides can take you along the coast, and a Trekking Mauritius excursion in the highlands includes rum tasting and a jam with a Rastafarian musician at his home.