is a place that is strikingly beautiful.
The island is hilly with lot of flora and
has a lot of beaches and tiny islands around
it, such as Ile aux Cocos. Its highest peak
is Mont Limon, which reaches 395 meters.
The rest of the island is made of basaltic
rock and along the coastlines (total length
of 78km) there are numerous coves and creeks
and high cliffs.
vary from hilly lands to steep volcanic
hills standing up as basaltic organ pipes.
Its coasts are made of wild creeks, marvelous
sandy beaches and coral reefs, surrounded
by small islets. The lagoon and coral reefs
of Rodrigues are twice the area of the islands
and are very rich and full of marine life.
is a well preserved island where people
live simply and where those who want to
go 'off the beaten track' should stay for
a few days.
to stand still on Rodrigues. Its charm and
simple unhurried pace of life attract celebrities
from around the world who come to enjoy
the island's tranquility and natural beauty.
Island is definitely one of the best places
on earth to spend a quiet and a memorable
holiday. Those who enjoy nature’s beauty
will be mesmerized on seeing the scenic
beauty of this peaceful island. The tropical
vegetation of the region is extremely enchanting.
Also, the island provides the perfect settings
for honeymoon couples as well as for families
wanting to relax.
is a volcanic island rising from a ridge
along the edge of the Mascarene Plateau.
The island estimated to be 1-4 million years
old. Over time Rodrigues has developed a
unique environment, including many endemic
species: 42 species of trees; the Rodrigues
Fruit Bat; two species of bird-the Rodrigues
fody and the Rodrigues warbler; and on the
reef a species of coral, two species of
damselfish and many new species of crustaceans.
Other endemic animals such as Rodrigues
giant tortoises and Rodrigues Solitaires
are now extinct.
reef of Rodrigues is of a particular interest
as it is self-seeding - it receives no coral
zooplankton from elsewhere. This has led
to the development of the endemic coral
and a small number of species being present.
38 000 inhabitants Rodrigues is very authentic.
The particular charm of the island comes
mainly from the calm and harmonious lifestyle
of its inhabitants. Kindness and simplicity
are the principal traits of the Rodriguans.
consists of more women than men and about
90% of the populations are creoles, inhabitants
with jet-black skin, descendants of Malagasy,
African slaves and a minority of half-castes,
descendants of the first European settlers.
The Inhabitants of. Rodrigues is part of
Mauritius even though it’s a separate Island.
Rodrigues Culture is dominated by the majority
of the "Creole" people.
faith is predominant. The Catholic Church
is profoundly rooted in the Rodrigues society.
The Anglican Church, the Adventist Church
and the Assemblies of God are also present
in Rodrigues. There are also a small number
of Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. Religion,
respect of traditions and family are the
pillars of the Rodriguans lifestyle. There
is a very lovely Muslim mosque in Port Mathurin
and in the village of Crhve Coeur, the Hindus
have a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
is the official language of the island,
though you're bound to hear French which
is widely spoken, Créole (a mélange of French
and various African dialects), Indian and
some oriental languages are also spoken.
Weather and Best Season to Visit
is a tropical island and like many tropical
islands it is lush green and has colorful
vegetation throughout the year. It is a
great travel destination as it offers the
visitors a perfect holidays all year round.
in Rodrigues is pleasant; generally it’s
warmer and drier than in Mauritius. Rodrigues
is subject to regular winds blowing from
the south east. Rainfall is fairly low.
There is no big difference in the sea
temperature throughout the year . The sea
is warm in summer (25°C to 28°C) and cools
down in winter (22°C to 24°C).
- Rodrigues has only two seasons:
Summer is from November to April and
winter is from May to October. Summer:
November to April with an average temperatures
of 24 - 34°C during the day
- Winter: May to October with an average
temperatures of 16 to 27°C during the
Arts and Crafts
A wide variety
of handicraft goods are now available to
tourists . The island's main contribution
to the performing arts is the Créole séga,
a foot-shuffling, body-gyrating, downright
erotic dance that's generally performed
on the beach to the rhythm of Latin American,
Caribbean and African pop. Séga variations
to Créole music are popular in the island's
discos and are certainly more entertaining
than the well-choreographed 'cultural shows'
you'll see in hotel lounges.
Important Festivals and Exhibitions
the festivals and celebrations in Rodrigues
are the same as the ones celebrated in Mauritius
mainland. The major festivals are Diwali,
Holi, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Easter,
and Eid ul Fitr.
is a very small economy mainly dependent
on Mauritius. The main sources of income
and economic activities are Tourism, fishing,
cultivation of vegetables (especially of
onions, garlic and chili), and animal rearing.
With the recent surge in tourism activity,
the Rodriguans have become increasingly
aware of the economic importance of their
In its whole,
the economy of Rodrigues is quite poor.
The inhabitants often engage themselves
in numerous activities. The income derived
from the export of sea products, cattle,
and food crops, and is largely in deficit
when compared to the costs of the imported
tourism has become the focused sector. The
people of Rodrigues have become aware of
the value of their handicrafts and of the
touristic value of their island.
Ile aux Cocos
Ile aux Cocos, Located at 4 km to the
west of Rodrigues.
island, emerging from the lagoon is a beautiful
nature reserve and has become one of the
main tourist attractions of Rodrigues. The
island is covered with coconut trees, casuarina
trees and has a long fine sandy beach.
around the Cocos Island is of shallow water
and at some places it is possible to see
the corals and rocks above the water surface.
This is why the boat trip to Cocos island
becomes often an adventure for itself, and
in addition to the fun boat ride you get
a clear view of the lagoon and of the marine
life from the boat.
Island it is possible to see thousands of
birds and sea birds.
A small path that travels through the center
of the island allows us to discover the
different species of birds. The best time
to see most of the birds is during the summer
period. At this period, up to 5000 birds
can be seen on the island.
to visit Cocos Island it is required to
get a proper authorization. This authorization
is usually obtained by tour operators only
as part of organized tours. Also, part of
Cocos Island cannot be visited and is closed
for the public.
Diving in Rodrigues
Rodrigues is home to some of the world's
most breathtaking coral
reefs and marine life ever to be seen.
Full with bright-colored fish, the underwater
world of Rodrigues is a natural wonder.
in Rodrigues you will see many types of
corals, the local unique fauna of the Indian
Ocean and selection of endemic species.
The marine is rich with numerous caves,
canyons and tunnels. It is possible to see
variety of big fishes such as: tunas, sharks,
kingfishes, jackfishes and barracudas.
Best period for diving
period for diving is during the summer period,
from October to April. During this period
the visibility is very good, and it is possible
to go diving both inside and outside the
lagoon. During the winter months, from June
to September, the winds prevent from going
on diving trips beyond the coral reef, and
then, diving is possible within the perimeter
of the lagoon and accordingly the selection
of dive sites is limited.
program for the reforestation and the protection
of the flora in Rodrigues has become a top
priority. The people of Rodrigues have shown
a genuine enthusiasm in the cultivation
process of endemic plants and are working
hard to preserve their natural heritage.
Few areas of the island have been declared
as nature reserves.
It is possible
to find unique plants which are typical
for Rodrigues or are rare such as: vieille-fille,
café marron, bois de mangue, bois pipe and
bois de fer.
of a visit to Rodrigues is the magnificent
mixture of cuisines on offer. The most common
varieties are Créole, European, Chinese
and Indian, with big selection of seafood.
of the Rodrigues cuisine lies in the freshness
of the ingredients, the expertise handed
over from the past generations and the local
flavors and aromas of well-preserved culinary
Rodrigues buffet might include a biryani,
Chinese pork, chicken curry, Créole roast
beef and vegetables French-style.
specialties are the octopus curry, chicken
curry, honey glazed pork, cono-cono salad,
Mussel gratin, corn-fed chicken salad with
ginger, sautéed crab, steamed fish smoked
ham and the piments limon which are small
pickled green lemons ground and mixed with
chilies. It’s highly recommended to try
the delicious soup of fresh shellfish gathered
from the beach, seasoned with coriander.
Common dishes include rougaille, a Mediterranean
dish of tomatoes, garlic, onions, meat,
fish, and octopus stew. Boiled rice is served
with almost all dishes.
local beverages include a refreshing yogurt
and ice-water drink (Lassi), and alouda
which is a syrupy brew of agar, milk, and
flavored syrups available almost everywhere
in Rodrigues. Also, it is possible to find
locally produced beer and rum which are
potent and cheap. Wines, European spirits
are hard to find, and when found, are usually
there is a rich selection ofpapaya or coconut
pies with freshly grated coconut or flavored
with cinnamon, and a maize pudding. Also,
there are the local delights of the sweet
potato cakes and the Cassava cakes.
- Time zone: GMT
+3 hours in summer GMT +4 hours in winter
- Capital: Port Mathurin
- Visas: European
and South African and Nationals do not
- Getting there:
Air Mauritius operate several daily
flights between Mauritius and Rodrigues
- Currency: The Mauritian
- Health: There is
no malaria and it is safe to drink the
- Electricity: 220
- Density of population:
- Statute: Dependence
- Spoken languages:
Creole, French, English