Rodrigues Island is a tiny little jewel of 108km2 off the northeast coast of Mauritius, with a population of around 38,000 people. Of volcanic origin, it owes its name to the Portuguese ships’ boat, Diego Rodrigues, who discovered it in February 1528. The island prides itself in its silky beaches, its gorgeous uneven topography, the natural politeness of its inhabitants, its scrumptious gastronomy and its landmarks, as well as its sea activities.
Discover the South coast of Rodrigues and two beautiful islets namely Hermitage and Chat Island. Embark at Port sud Est on a small boat. Your journey will start on Ile aux Chats; on a nicelooking spot called ‘Couzoupa’ where you will have the possibility to do snorkeling amidst marvelous corals and colorful fish.
A lunch will be provided on the island. After the lunch, you can choose between having some free time for swimming, relaxation or participation in a treasure hunt. At around 14h 00, the trip continues to hermitage.
People and Culture: Rodrigues Island is also renowned for its authenticity – which makes the uniqueness of its anti-stress island. Authentically Creole the Rodriguan culture is vibrant through the music, dances and cuisine of its people. The music is a sweet blend of European melodies and African rythms; the ‘sega tambour’ is the folk dance of Rodrigues. The population mainly lives off fishing, farm produce handicraft and more recently, tourism. Women play an active part in the economic life of the island
Gastronomy: The Rodriguan gastronomy (enriched by Chinese, Indian and European influence) is made up of local produce that is naturally available in abundance. Dishes made with fish, octopus, pork and chicken are of incomparable flavor. The cuisine consists of simple but tasty dishes that bring out the natural good taste of the produce. A typical Rodriguan meal is served with rice or maize and red beans, and is accented with chili or chutneys.
Fauna & Flora:Rodrigues used to be home to a number of unique birds of which the solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria), now extinct, is most famous. The Rodrigues Fody (Foudia flavicans), the Rodrigues Warbler (Acrocephalus rodericanus) and seabirds such as terns are protected species living peacefully in natural reserves and on the islets in the lagoon. A sanctuary for reptiles suach as the Giant Tortoise and the Gecko, Rodrigues also has an endemic mammal, the Golden Fruit Bat (pteropus rodericencis) The protection of the flora has become a priority. Huge effort is being invested in the conservation, restoration and recreation of the pristine natural ecosystem of the island. Critically, rare and endangered plants like the ‘café marron’ (Rasmonia rodriguesii), are receiving special attention and monitoring.
Sports & Leisure:The topology of the island lends itself to a number of nature discovery opportunities, namely through trekking excursions, mountain-bike hikes, nautical activities and cave exploration. The undersea world uncovers its secrets to divers and fishermen. Surf, kite surf and windsurf enthusiasts will find there an unparalleled haven whilst the steep-sided ravines attract ornithologists as well as nature lovers
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