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.
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!
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.
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!