Once You Are Here: How To Travel Around?
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.
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...
A valid passport and a return ticket are required to enter Rodrigues. An initial authorized stay of up to three months is normally granted.
GMT +4, two hours ahead of Europe in summer and three hours in winter.
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.
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.
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.
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.