Practical Information

Once You Are Here: How To Travel Around?
On Bike
It is easy to travel around the island on bike. The most adventurous and athletic ones can venture off the beaten tracks at the discovery of Rodrigues.
Public Transport
Private individual operators provide for public transport. Buses run to the remotest corners of the island.
Cars & Motorcycles
Taxi cabs are available as a public means of transportation and a number of them are stationed at various points of the island, namely in the surroundings of hotels. You can hire a taxi for a one-off trip from one place to another or by the day depending on your program. Car (with or without driver) and motorcycle hire services are also available. Don’t forget to bring along your driving license...

Travel Formalities
A valid passport and a return ticket are required to enter Rodrigues. An initial authorized stay of up to three months is normally granted.

Time Zone
GMT +4, two hours ahead of Europe in summer and three hours in winter.

Recommended Clothing
Light tropical clothing (preferably cotton or linen) and of course beachwear are best suited in summer. Appropriate clothing is required in public places and places of worship. For outings and trekking, appropriate footwear is recommended. In winter, bring along a woolen or cotton cardigan as well as a windcheater, especially for evenings are a must.

Communication
Two mobile phone networks serve the island with access to international roaming. ADSL and Wi-Fi Internet access has also become a reality but wavelength speed remains relatively slow for the time being. Access is available at the hotels on the island and at certain holiday houses. A number of free Wi-Fi Spots also enable you to connect to the rest of the world. Information is available on the spot regarding opening hours.

Languages
The mother tongue of the majority of Rodriguan people is Creole as it is spoken in other islands of the Indian Ocean with marked nuances at times. However, all the official administrative literature is in English, a remnant of British colonization. French remains most popular in the written and spoken media and is the language of reference.

Shopping
Rodrigues has been benefiting from a duty-free status for a few years and an initial exemption of Rs 10,000 (approx. 200 euros) is granted to each visitor. Shops generally open early in the morning, some of them as from 08:00 a.m. They generally close at around 03:00 p.m. during the week, slightly earlier on Saturdays and at noon on Sundays. A visit to the Saturday morning market is imperative while staying in Rodrigues.  There are also divers handicraft shops that operates on the island such as “Miel Victoria” for honey and honey-base products, Careco Boutique and workshop, “Le Pandanus” and Étoile de L’est Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd for local handicrafts, but there are lot more of local entrepreneurs who sell local crafts and they are listed here.

Rodrigues’ Culture

There are a few decades ago the people of Rodrigues found their entertainment in traditional music, the sound of sega drum and accordion in small balls on Saturday evenings. Cultural awakening which occurred at the end of the 1970s allowed the construction and consolidation of the cultural identity of Rodrigues through the development of these various elements, which form the base of the culture of every nation: food, music, crafts...

It should be noted the great influence of the Catholic religion in everyday and cultural life of the population. Religion, respect for tradition and family are the pillars of Rodrigues life. Today, it can be seen that the local music and traditional dances are quite used during shows in hotels and other cultural events. It is the same for the traditional dishes; and crafts which are found everywhere in the market. These dishes which were despised have now become a luxury in major tourist and cultural events. The Rodrigues' music is present on the stage of international cultural events. Rodrigues’ culture is an asset that must not only be developed and exploited, but which above all also needs to be preserve as it is the essence of the Rodriguan cultural identity.

Rodrigues' culture

Plan your Stay

At the heart of the Indian Ocean, at latitude 19°43’ S and longitude 63°25’ E, Rodrigues Island stretches over a surface area of 108 km2. Some 650 km to the north-east of Mauritius, it is the part of Africa that is closest to Australia. Born from volcanic activity between 1.3 and 1.5 million years ago, the island – 18 km long, 8 km wide – is the smallest of the Mascarene archipelago. Rodrigues is a mountainous island with a succession of valleys plunging to the 300 km2 lagoon, bringing an exhilarating feeling of weightlessness whilst meandering through steep escarpments and terraced fields towards its 80-km coastline. One of the most characteristic features of this enthralling though accessible island is its relief. The efforts of the most adventurous culminate in the joys of basking in one of the numerous deserted inlets, all the while gazing at white-tailed tropicbirds gliding through the air to and from their nests in surrounding cliffs. The island enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures varying between 28 and 35°C during the Southern summer, which coincides with the cyclonic season (November to April) and between 18 and 27°C in winter.

 

Plan your stay

Rodrigues in Images