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The Authentic Lifestyle of Rodrigues

The volcanic island of Rodrigues lies in the Indian Ocean, over 600 km North-East of Mauritius. It officially forms part of the Republic of Mauritius, with the largely Creole populace of some 41,000 considered Mauritian citizens.

The Island is very small at only 100 km2 and despite its low altitude mountains, with the highest peak being only 400 metres above sea level, Rodrigues has a very hilly terrain with undulating roads that traverse steep mountain sides.

The capital, Port Mathurin, is only seven streets wide, but features a lively market with local handicrafts available. Rodrigues is known for its laid-back lifestyle and it is ideal for a relaxing vacation, but there are plenty of vigorous activities available too. Diving is particularly exceptional in Rodrigues, with the spectacular coral reefs and beautiful endemic fish species on display. Hiking, kitesurfing and deep sea fishing are also very popular.

Sustainable Travel Facts


Rodrigues is committed to protect its fauna and flora. You will have the opportunity to partake in eco-friendly activities and be enticed to act responsibly towards the environment.


Numerous accommodation in Rodrigues adopted green and sustainable practices such as using rainwater harvesting systems or using locally sourced products and food and handcrafted interior decors.


Rodrigues’ unspoiled natural landscape is perfect for visitors to immerse in eco-activities and attractions. During your visit, you do not want to miss a visit to our giant friends at the François Leguat Giant Tortoises and Cave Reserve. You can also hike through the lush forest or dive in the spectacular underworld.

Authentic Food:

Add some spices to your holiday with the flavoured local cuisine. You will have the opportunity to taste the authenticity of Rodrigues in any accommodation you choose, especially in guesthouses.

Travelling Safely:

The use of plastic bags is an offence in Rodrigues. The Island has a low crime rate and provides a safe environment to visitors. Guests are encouraged to respect the local culture and avoid littering on the streets, beaches or in the forest so as to contribute to the preservation efforts.

Quick Info

Rodrigues Location

Rodrigues is found 650 km to the east of Mauritius, and is the closest African country to Australia

Map of Rodrigues

Rodrigues is an island of 108 km2 with a population of 41,000, its capital is Port Mathurin

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