This beautifully lush island, located in the Indian Ocean 560km east of Mauritius, is a remarkable place to spend some time due to the incredible range of activities available and the wonderful culture. It goes without saying that the weather is not too bad either.
One of Rodrigues’ main attractions is the amazing coral reef that surrounds it, making it a veritable haven for undersea adventurers. Whether its snorkelling or diving that you prefer, there are a number of small beaches on the island which are often quiet, leaving to rest in what may feel like your own island paradise. The best beaches can be found on the south-east coast and are quite easily accessible and boast glorious sandy dunes.
An interesting historical point that explains much of the fervent nationalism on this island is that the majority of the native residents are descendents of a colony that was set up by freed slaves from Mauritius. There is a rampant independent spirit on Rodrigues which you will notice as soon as you arrive; this is certainly no minor island, there are so many pleasures to be found that it is a wonderful destination in its own right.
The accommodation on the island is decidedly simple: B&B’s and Hotels. But that in itself is part of the charm; it would be a shame if somewhere so naturally luxurious were to lose a part of itself in the trap of rampant tourism. Most of the aforementioned accommodation is to be found in Port Mathurin, the main town on the island.
There are an abundance of caves on the island which are becoming more and more popular with tourists due to the bizarre natural shapes formed by some of the rocks inside. If you’re feeling adventurous, you may be able to spot a dragon or a lion…
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