Holidays in Rodrigues Island are about getting away from it all. This tiny island rests to the east of Mauritius in the midst of the Indian Ocean. Named after the 16th century Portuguese explorer Diego Rodrigues, you’ll soon realise that this remote paradise is surrounded by coral reefs. Coastal paths lead down to quiet white sand beaches, where the only sound you’ll hear is the waves and the wind through palm and casuarina trees. Are you ready for tranquil times?
Rodrigues Island boasts a network of coastal paths that offer fabulous trekking opportunities. From the top of Mont Limon you can enjoy a panoramic view of the island. Rodrigues Island feels unspoiled, with a laid-back atmosphere and you’ll notice few other visitors compared with its sister islands in the Mascarenes, Mauritius and Réunion. With almost 50 miles of coastline, finding a secluded spot for a private swim is easy. The restaurants here are delightfully informal and rustic, serving fresh fish and traditional Creole dishes.
Rodrigues Island holidays: space to relax
Take a day trip to the Ile aux Cocos islet; a tiny strip of white sand and palm trees just a short boat ride from Rodrigues. This beautiful place is home to colonies of seabirds, which have made their home here over generations. You can expect to see white tern and lesser noddy among many other species.
On Rodrigues Island’s mainland, we highly recommend that you take a trip to Trou D’Argent. This attractive and isolated beach is set between two cliffs and is only accessible on foot. On the southern coast you can visit the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve. This special project was set up to protect the island’s unique biodiversity. Here you can observe giant tortoises along with the endangered Rodrigues fruit bat.
Our favorite hotels
Browse our favourite places to stay in Rodrigues Island - we are here to help you find the perfect hotel and we have a fantastic selection of truly unique of hotels on Rodrigues Island. from secluded beach boutiques to larger five star resorts.
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The weather on Rodrigues Island is consistently good year-round, with temperatures usually remaining between 23°C - 29°C. We recommend that the best time of year to visit Rodrigues Island is between October and December, when the skies are at their clearest.
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“Miel Victoria honey is highly prized by top chefs in Mauritius. Take a tour of the site, taste the produce and pick up a few jars as gifts.”
“Visit the busy Saturday market at Port Mathurin for locally grown fruits, handmade souvenirs and other goods. Afterwards stop off for lunch at Tirozo, a relaxed restaurant serving quality local food.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Rodrigues Island holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
Fete Du Poisson
On March 1, the island hosts the annual La Fête du Poisson. This festival marks the start of net fishing season. You can charter a boat and head out with the fishermen, followed by a banquet on the beach.
Rodrigues International Kitesurfing Festival
Rodrigues Island is a popular spot for kitesurfing. The Rodrigues International Kitesurfing Festival (RIKF) takes place in June or July and attracts some of the biggest names in the sport.
The Trail of Rodrigues
The Trail of Rodrigues is an annual trail running event held in November, with races across the island. It’s popular with professionals and amateurs.
The Kreol Festival
The Kreol Festival in December celebrates Rodrigues’ Creole heritage. This huge event sees 10,000 people descend on the island for music, food and dancing.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Rodrigues Island holiday. Here are a few of our favourite foodie dishes.
Rougaille is a Creole stew of tomato, garlic, onion and meat or fish. Octopus is also a common addition to this dish.
Vindaye d'ourite is a sumptuous dish consisting of boiled octopus flavoured with ginger, garlic, lemon juice and vinegar. Vindaye d'ourite is often served with flatbread.
La tourte Rodriguaise
Indulge in La tourte Rodriguaise, this melt in the mouth tropical fruit pie, which is a local favourite and usually made with coconut and papaya.
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