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Rodrigues is a charming little holiday island located about five-sixty kilometers east of Mauritius in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Measuring only eighteen kilometers long and eight kilometers at its widest point, Rodrigues is entirely surrounded by coral reefs and azure lagoon which offers endless possibilities for diving and snorkeling.

Named after the Portuguese explorer Diego Rodrigues, Rodrigues is the smallest of the Mascarene Islands and is also a dependency of Mauritius.

Rodrigues is a place that is strikingly beautiful. The island is hilly and is surrounded by beaches and islets, such as Cocos Island. Its highest point is Mont Limon, which reaches 395 meters above sea level. The rest of the island is made of basaltic rock. On the coasts lie many coves, creeks and cliffs.

The landscapes vary from hilly lands to steep volcanic hills. The lagoon and coral reefs of Rodrigues are twice the size of the island and the islands abound with marine life.

Life on Rodrigues

The island is a melting pot of people from different cultures, religions and ethnicities. The people there live simply; hence explaining the fact that time seems to have stopped since ten or twenty years ago.

Its charm and relaxed pace of life and simplicity attract celebrities from around the world who come to enjoy the tranquility of the island and its natural beauty. Rodrigues is certainly one of the best places on earth to spend a peaceful and memorable stay. Those who love the beauty of nature will be fascinated by seeing the picturesque scenery of this quiet island.

The tropical vegetation of the region is extremely enchanting. In addition, the island offers the perfect settings for honeymoon couples and for families seeking tranquility.

Geography of Rodrigues

This beautiful island is the result of volcanic activity that took place there about 4 million years.

Over time Rodrigues has developed a unique environment and is home to many endemic species: 42 species of trees; The Rodrigues rousette; The two species-birds Rodrigues foudie and Rodrigues Warbler; and on the reef coral species, two species of damselflies and many new species of crustaceans.

Other endemic animals such as giant tortoises and Solitaire are now extinct.

Population of Rodrigues

With its 38,000 inhabitants Rodrigues is very authentic. The special charm of the island is mainly calm and harmonious way of life of its inhabitants. Kindness and simplicity are the main features of Rodrigues.

The population is made up of more women than men and about 90% of the population are Creoles – descendants of African slaves and Malagasy- and a minority of mestizos, descendants of the first European settlers.

Religions on the Island

The Catholic faith is predominant. The Catholic Church is deeply rooted in the Rodriguese society. The Anglican Church, the Adventist Church and the Assemblies of God are also present in Rodrigues.

There is also a small number of Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. Religion, respect for tradition and family are the pillars of Rodriguese life. There is a very beautiful mosque in Port Mathurin and in the village of Creve-coeur, Hindus have a temple dedicated to Shiva.

Languages

English is the official language of the island, even if it’s Creole and French that are the most widely spoken.

Weather

The climate is pleasant in Rodrigues; generally warmer and drier than Mauritius. Rodrigues is subject to regular winds blowing from the southeast. Rainfall is fairly low. Seasonal temperatures are variable. Being subject to a tropical climate, there are only two seasons:

Summer

From November to April with an average temperature of 24-34 ° C during the day.

Winter

From May to October with an average temperature of 16-27 ° C during the day.

Festivals

Most festivals and celebrations in Rodrigues are the same as those celebrated in Mauritius. The major festivals are Diwali, Holi, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Easter and Eid.

History

In the 10th century, Arabs visited the Mascarene Islands. A map of the 12th century by the Arab geographer Ash-Sharif al-Idrisi, clears Rodrigues. The island was named after the Portuguese navigator Diego Rodrigues Dom in 1528.

During the 18th century, several attempts were made by the French to develop the island. African slaves (ancestors of the present population) were brought to Rodrigues to develop animal husbandry and agriculture. In 1809, after a brief battle with the French, British troops took possession of Rodrigues. With the British occupation, slavery was abolished.

L’Ile aux Cocos, Rodrigues

Ile aux Cocos is located 4 km west of Rodrigues.

This small island, emerging from the lagoon is a beautiful nature reserve and became one of the main attractions of Rodrigues. The island is covered with coconut palms, casuarinas and boasts a long sandy beach.

The water is shallow in the lagoon surrounding Cocos Island and in some places it is possible to see corals and rocks above the water surface. This is the reason why the boat trip to Cocos Island is an adventure in itself, and in addition to the boat ride you will have the pleasure of admiring marine life from the boat.

On Cocos Island, you can see thousands of birds. A small path through the center of the island allows us to discover the different species of birds. The best time to see most birds is during the summer.

To visit the Cocos island, it is necessary to obtain proper permission. This authorization is generally obtained by tour operators as part of organized tours. Part of the Cocos Island cannot be visited and is closed to the public.

Have a nice trip to Rodrigues!

 

Mauritius-rodrigues

Travelling to Mauritius-Rodrigues takes you on a unique experience combining relaxation and discovery. Indeed you can relax in a luxurious hotel where you will enjoy the sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Mauritius. Then you will live a charming adventure, alone in the world, on the picturesque and authentic island of Rodrigues, surrounded by lush greenery.

LUXURY AND RELAXATION IN MAURITIUS

You will experience a truly luxurious experience on the island of Mauritius whether you are lodging in a beautiful renowned hotel or staying in one of its various villas around the island. You can relax under a straw hut on the beach or on your private terrace and admire the beautiful landscape that surrounds you.

In addition to this, you will enjoy tasty cuisine prepared by a chef that will make you embark on a savoury journey combining world cuisine and tropical products, all complemented by spices and exotic flavors.

Finally, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a plethora activities such as scuba diving, jet skiing, kite surfing, zip-lining and much more. You can also enjoy a moment of pure pleasure and relaxation at the hotel’s spa center or playing golf on one of its various championship golf course.

VISIT THE CITY OF PORT LOUIS

The capital, Port Louis, is a bustling city. Its impressive business district, the Caudan Waterfront, with its huge shopping center, is one of the peculiarities of the city. Do not miss the photography museum, the cathedral, the mosque and especially the Champ de Mars, one of the oldest race course of the Indian Ocean. Take the opportunity to also wander the streets of Port-Louis to admire the different beads of Creole architecture. If you want to enjoy an unparalleled view of Mauritius, head towards the Citadelle and enjoy this breathtaking panorama that stretches in front of you.

Yet, Port Louis is mainly known for its Grand Bazaar with its colorful stalls teeming with spices, seafood, meat, medicinal plants and crafts. Stroll amid the stalls and enjoy the very special and lively atmosphere of this world famous market. Do not miss tasting the various street foods you will find at every corner- The Dholl Puree, Roti, Boulettes and so much more.

AROUND PORT LOUIS

He who dream of discovering an exceptionally mild climate during the European winter will certainly be filled if he chooses to stay in Mauritius near Port Louis or along the Mauritian coast. During your stay you can actually discover exceptional landscapes made of a mountain range and a beautiful bay. Marvel particular contemplating the famous central market Champ de Mars, where horse races are held in summer and autumn. Strolling through the mountains that surround Port-Louis, you can also admire the fantastic blue of the Indian Ocean.

WHITE SAND AT FLIC EN FLAC

One of the most beautiful beaches of the island is located in Flic en Flac. Fine sand, coconut palms, and turquoise waters have not finished charming you. Diving enthusiasts will also find their happiness, Flic en Flac is one of the most famous spots of the island.

You can also visit the Casela Nature Park to observe several species of animals like lions, zebras, giant tortoises, monkeys, tigers and more than 1500 birds. Casela also offer various new activities like Zip-lining, 4D Cinema and various activities for the old and the young.

RODRIGUES ISLAND OFF THE BEATEN TRACK

Rodrigues, picturesque island filled with authenticity, offers an extraordinary adventure to each visitor. Enjoy your hotel, charming and unusual, with beautiful views of the crystal clear waters of Rodrigues.

Guests enjoy a quality service in an atmosphere undoubtedly recalling the Creole culture. And if you want total relaxation, do test the Spa there… They can be better than those in Mauritius! Finally, you can exercise your talents in kite surfing in Rodrigues, since the island boasts an internationally renowned spot.

SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPES

Rodrigues offers natural breathtaking beauty. Through different marked trails, you can explore different varieties of landscapes from deserted beaches to lush forest. For water sports lovers, know that water sporting is incredible on the island’s unique blue gradient.

The most beautiful hiking trail on the island takes place on the slopes of Mont Limon, the highest point of the island at 398 meters altitude. You’ll be blown away by the view of Rodrigues and his immense lagoon, twice as large as the island.

Finally, you can’t go to Rodrigues without going on Rodrigues Ile aux Deux Cocos! In the shoes of Robinson Crusoe, you will feel alone in the world on this beautiful island where you will observe different species of spectacular birds.

ENJOY THE JOY OF COOKING

The Rodriguese cuisine is renowned in the Indian Ocean, and this for a very good reason! You will have the pleasure of tasting recipes passed down from generation to generation, all accompanied by fresh local produce. You will have the pleasure of enjoying a Kono-Kono salad (mollusk), a traditional corn soup, pork in honey or sizzled goat to local tastes, all complemented by local spices and exotic fruits.

For your dessert, you will fall under the spell of frosty papaya, coconut pie and honey cake or even sweet potato.

Finally, we advise you to go to the capital, Port Mathurin, in order to stroll among the stalls of spices, jams, honey, fruit and vegetables from its bustling market.

Enjoy your trip to Mauritius and Rodrigues!