10 Things to Do in Rodrigues Island That You Shouldn't Miss

October 8, 2017 Toi Mattera

The landscape of Rodrigues Island is a dramatic combination of mountains, valleys, lagoons and cave systems. A guided exploration of the Caverne Patate reveals playful rock formations that were created by tectonic plate movement. Above ground, the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve will acquaint you with the island’s rarest plants and most laid-back residents. Hike the central Mont Limon for majestic panoramic views or dive among intricate coral reefs. Get up early to visit Port Mathurin on market day, when the otherwise sleepy village springs to life.
Restaurants in Rodrigues Island

1. Trou d'Argent Beach

Rodrigue, Mauritius
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
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4.5 based on 352 reviews

Trou d'Argent Beach

Hike along rocky cliffs to this pristine, uncrowded beach tucked between two jagged cliffs on the eastern side of Rodrigues Island.

Reviewed By Carlo S - Lugano

Wondering why so many reviews are mentioning a long walk. We went toward sunset and in a mere forty minutes walk from Anse François (actually from the road end, passed Takoma) we reached all the three main Beaches by a simple and short walk. Coming from North it is perhaps a 10'-15' walk, pleasant and in the shadow of small pines. Al the three Beaches are beutifull, strong suggested to go at high tide since the recife is near and become too difficult to get into the water and to swim when tide is low. It is likely to be desert so bring your water. And bring back the rubbish, sea is already suffering and no need to make it worse.. :)

2. Parc Francois Leguat

Anse Quitor, Mauritius +230 832 8141
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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1%
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4.5 based on 414 reviews

Parc Francois Leguat

Reviewed By Crazysexyfuntraveler - Slovakia

Francois Leguat Reserve is an amazing conservation project where they plant many endemic plants originally growing on Rodrigues. They take a great care of turtles and also of the cave. Really an inspirational place to visit. And you can even pet a turtle! As a vegan I don't support ZOOs but this is a completely different thing. Loved my visit there. And the guides really ask tourists to take care of animals and nature and lead a life closer to nature. Thumbs up for that!

3. Ile aux Cocos

Mauritius 742CU001 +230 5787 6096
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
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1%
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4.5 based on 211 reviews

Ile aux Cocos

L'ile aux cocos est une reserve d'oiseaux bordée de sable blanc et de mer turquoise. En été des milliers d'oiseaux marins y pondent . In lieu idyllique certe mais préservée comme un trésor...

Reviewed By Tramx - Holland

I was lucky that it was rather cloudy. When there is a clear sky, it might be very hot. It took a bit more than an hour to reach the island. Going back it was low tide and we had to walk to deeper water to get to theboat. That was a ver nice journey on its own.
The island is a breading place for some species of seabirds. All very impressive. The lunch was served on the island and was very good. People could swim, but I took advantage to get better views of the birds

4. Saint Gabriel Church

19.718095, 63.437966, Mauritius +230 832 5945
Excellent
33%
Good
41%
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26%
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4 based on 71 reviews

Saint Gabriel Church

Reviewed By mario k - Greater London, United Kingdom

Reputed to be the largest Cathedral in the Indian Ocean,it is hidden away not far off the peak of Mont Limon. Built of stones and an iron roof it is quite impressive in size and height. A must for those interested in religion and architectture.

5. Marche de Port Mathurin

Port Mathurin, Mauritius +230 5973 8976
Excellent
27%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
11%
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4%
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4 based on 69 reviews

Marche de Port Mathurin

Reviewed By IchLebeAufMauritius - Albion

This market is surely compared to other weekly markets small but worth a visit. Here you get many goodies you won't get in Mauritius, unless a merchant from Rodrigues is to be found at one of the supermarkets of Mauritius. Those goodies are chutneys, curries, cakes (tourtes), fish and calamar (ourite) as well as handmade products like clothing, hats and wooden household helpers. In the market hall itself are all the fruit and veggie merchants, on the seaside of the market you find all the meat and fish merchants.
To avoid the heat you can already go there very early in the morning.
Just be careful when buying not to exaggerate your allowed baggage weight for the plane. ;)
Tip: The lady from La Tourterie is taking orders for cakes and delivers it to the airport where you can pick it up conveniently in the waiting area after you are checked in. You look right at the booth when you come from the zone where your passport and carry on bags are checked.

6. Jardin des 5 Sens

Montagne Bois Noire, Mauritius +230 831 5860
Excellent
35%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
17%
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4 based on 64 reviews

Jardin des 5 Sens

Reviewed By Natis N - Port Louis

The garden is well situated and well designed. The reception and guide was very polite and friendly. It was an enriching experience to learn about the operation systems of plants and how they can contribute in our daily life. Hence, plants can hear and understand us if we take time to communicate with them!

7. Cat Island (Ile aux chats)

Mauritius
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
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0%
Poor
5%
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Cat Island (Ile aux chats)

Reviewed By jawaira-ayesha - Mauritius

I cannot put in words what i felt and what i saw, it is up to you all to discover and experience. I am however providing you all with a glimpse of it via the photos i have taken. The experience was made better by the person who took us 3 girls there on his motor boat and provided us with delicious seafood lunch - Mr. Vivian (tel: +230 5 8766491). He can provide excursion for any Islands around Rodrigues, a very friendly person indeed.

8. St Johns Church

La Ferme, Mauritius
Excellent
28%
Good
72%
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

St Johns Church

Reviewed By babe33 - Leeds, United Kingdom

This church was a surprise for us to come upon. We parked up along side as it is set high on a hill with commanding views...
Interesting structure as it looks like an upturned boat...(Ska)....made of wood and such an unusual shape we ventured inside as the doors where wide open.
very minimalistic structure made of wood but didn't look out of keeping with it's location.
This was visited by Pope John Paul in 1989 when he blessed and said mass here....A picture hangs at the back of the church with this information ....
A quirky building but interesting....

9. Hermitage Island

Mauritius
Excellent
28%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
14%
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4 based on 7 reviews

Hermitage Island

Reviewed By jawaira-ayesha - Mauritius

This is an all in one attraction: short hiking/climbing, discovery, amazing view at a height, panoramic view. Can be done on the same day when visiting Cat Island (Ile aux chats). Must see place for nature lovers, its beautiful.

10. Grand Montagne Nature Reserve

Grand Montagne, Mauritius +230 831 4558
Excellent
50%
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Grand Montagne Nature Reserve

Reviewed By Christiane S

Superbe ! Excellent guide. Très beau projet de réhabilitation de la végétation, de la faune et avifaune d’origine. A ne pas manquer. Quelle belle forêt et quels beaux oiseaux!

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