Rodrigues Island is the smaller sibling and lesser known autonomous outer island of the of Mauritius. At just 18kms long and 8kms wide, you can explore the whole island during a short stay, though chances are once you arrive, you’ll never want to leave.
Delightfully remote, this isolated slice of paradise is the perfect place to relax and unwind and enjoy the slower pace of life off the beaten track. While things are certainly quieter here than on Mauritius, there’s still plenty to see and do for those looking for adventure.
If you’re feeling active, taking a hike up Mont Limon is the best way to enjoy a panoramic view of the Island. A boat trip to Ile aux Cocos, just 4 kms off the coast line is another must-do day trip. This stunning nature reserve is best known for its seabird colonies and incredible snorkeling.
Like it’s neighbouring Mascarene Islands, the entire coastline of Rodrigues is speckled with beautiful bays and pristine beaches and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find them far less populated with tourists. Rodrigues is a great option for those looking to holiday away from crowds. However the capital of Port Mathurin does come alive on market day and there are plenty of arts and craft stores to browse as well as the chance to sample deliciously fresh local produce.
Nature lovers will enjoy spending a day at the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve, an ongoing conservation project where you can walk alongside giant tortoises and take a tour of the eleven underground caves including the Grande Caverne, unique to this area of Rodrigues. A visit to the botanical garden, Jardin 5 Sans, in the centre of the Island, is also well worth exploring. Rodrigues is truly a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.