An encounter with passing time

Rodrigues most naturally lends itself to discovery whilst wandering around the island and encountering the population. Share the bond of walking, which has long been the only means for many people to travel from one place to another. Exalting encounters await you along footpaths that are always kept in good condition. Listen carefully to the whispering wind: it is said the murmurs of history can sometimes be heard while venturing along the tracks on the rocky soil of the hillsides or into valleys looking over the turquoise blue shades of an ever-present lagoon. Rodrigues has the particularity of offering a variety of landscapes despite its small surface area…

Ile Aux Cocos
Located amidst the south-eastern lagoon of Rodrigues and reputed for the sandy necklace of beach encircling its shores, the ill-named Ile aux Cocos is in fact a natural refuge for colonies of seabirds, just like its twin sister, Ile aux Sables, a short distance away. Ile aux Cocos can be accessed by pirogue only with an authorization delivered by Discovery Rodrigues Company Limited. Duly registered operators have access to the island for the day. It is however forbidden to light fires on the island and only partial access is allowed to ensure the tranquillity of the birds and their nestlings.

Trou D’Argent
Accessible on foot from Graviers, Pointe Canon or Saint François, Trou d’Argent is reminiscent of those hidden treasures never to be found. Nestled in an inlet a short distance away from the coral reef, it can be reached with moderate effort by walking along the coastline and preserved narrow creek-like coves. Like a mirage, it offers itself to the eyes of the visitor in a strong and unyielding manner. Offering a true change of scenery, its peaceful atmosphere is lulled by the rolling waves almost at arm’s reach, breaking on the reefs and inducing a feeling of safety and tranquillity in all respect of natural forces. Trou d’Argent has recently been ranked among the 30 best preserved beaches in the world. This is a place to be enjoyed to the utmost!

Caverne Patate
Embedded underneath a coral plain resulting from the movement of tectonic plates, Caverne Patate is one of the places to visit imperatively while on vacation in Rodrigues. Against a fee, professional guides on the site will take you to the discovery of 2,000 ft (600 m) of stalactites and stalagmites unique in the Indian Ocean.

François Leguat Giant Tortoise And Cave Reserve
On the southern coast, just minutes away from the airport, the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve is the result of passion for the natural heritage of the island. Until the 18th century, three species of tortoise could be found here according to the accounts of François Leguat himself and of a certain Julien Tafforet.

Over-exploitation as a consequence of man’s quest for fresh meat for sea voyages got the better of the population of reptiles in a matter of decades. Reports by human predators on this once lucrative trade are edifying: tortoises were transported by thousands during multiple voyages to Mauritius upon order of the British East India Company.

Scattered remains found namely in the limestone plains of the south constituted a feast for scientists around the world before restoration enthusiasts embarked on a project to reintroduce akin species of tortoises from Aldabra and Madagascar, amongst others. The coming back of tortoises to the island was a source of great delight for the inhabitants. All the while, man was making up for his past excessive behaviour.

Since then, tortoises are given all the attention they deserve at the François Leguat Natural Reserve at Anse Quitor. With time, they are taking back their natural habitat, these limestone plains that once provided a last refuge for the last specimens of species that are now extinct.

Rodrigues Jardin des 5 Sens
Located in the center of the island in an enchanting and verdant scenery the first botanical garden of Rodrigues, “Jardin 5 Sens” offers an immerssion in the Rodriguan fauna and flora with endemic plants which are unique in the world, fruit trees, aromatic and medicinal plants and flowers. Through commented guided tours of an hour each, which are completely interactive and educational, it is possible learn about the legends, medicinal virtues and culinary benefits of plants that grow up in the Rodriguan fertile soil.

Sail Boat Trips
Take the time and enjoy the gentle caress of the wind with a sail boat trip to the inlets in the southern lagoon of Rodrigues for BBQ or picnic and take the opportunity to discover the wonders that are hidden there. 

The experienced skippers will use their know-how to obtain thrills and the best of fun, and provide a unique experience to those who love sea adventures and this in a free and secure outing.

Zipline Adventure

Facing the south coast of Rodrigues with breathtaking views down to the lagoon,Tyrodrig is a zip line adventure that takes you across 3 lush green valleys amidst flying paille en queues.Discover the beauty of the island suspended at a thrilling height of more than 100 meters above the dense vegetation with the longest zip linespanning over 400 meters.

You would not want to miss what! 


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

At a glance

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.


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