Set off by foot or for a dive to discover Rodrigues to the rhythm of passing time. “Let time have its way”, “Take your time” are fashionable mantras. Don’t miss the most essential: a fauna and flora that are worth taking the time to admire. Experience the enchantment of discovery, with people that welcome you in the simplest and most authentic manner.
Mont Limon, the highest point at 1,300 ft (398 m) above sea level, is situated at the heart of the island. Easily accessible, it offers a panoramic 360° view over the island and its sublime lagoon.
Port Mathurin is the chief town and regional administration centre of Rodrigues. On Saturdays, the town is taken over by a particular atmosphere. It is market day and the day when ships bringing fresh supplies from Mauritius sail into port. The Sir Gaëtan Duval airport at Plaine Corail, in the south-west of the island, is also served daily by the national carrier, Air Mauritius.
A Lagoon With Infinite Shades Of Blue
Approaching Rodrigues by air, one gets the measure of the size of the lagoon compared to the surface area of the island (108 km2), roughly in the proportion of three to one. Traditional fishing activities have been conducted since settlement on the island in the 18th century. The lagoon provides for the needs of the islanders in fish and other seafood, namely octopuses that have contributed to the gustatory reputation of Rodrigues beyond its shores. The excess supply is most often salted and dried before being exported to Mauritius.
The calling of the lagoon is gradually changing: due to its natural characteristics, it lends itself ideally to glide sports such as windsurfing and kite-surfing as well as sailing. Still, small-scale fishing and fishing for leisure are activities that attract growing numbers of adepts among visitors. Boat trips also remain a major attraction, providing a completely different approach to the small isolated inlets along the coastline.
Lost in the shades of blue of the sea, indulge yourself in swimming or snorkelling along the channels that, here and there, link the lagoon to the ocean. The ever-growling waves of the sea keep crashing on the coral reefs, at times close and at others as distant as the horizon. Various channels also offer an interesting panorama of submarine life, namely at Baladirou, at Grenade as well as at the deep channels of Port Sud-Est and Saint François.
After landing on the inlet or on the beach, immerse yourself in the rejuvenating feeling of isolation that prevails. Your only audible companions are the gentle caress of the wind in the trees and the backwash that wipes away the footsteps on the beach to reinstate its original texture until the arrival of the next visitors.