Things to do on Rodrigues Island
Life is slower on this little volcanic island, where blissful escapism is the vibe. Northeast of Mauritius, hilly Rodrigues is one of the Indian Ocean’s best-kept secrets. Empty stretches of beach, coastal walks and hearty Creole cuisine are what this remote island is all about.
For birdwatchers, a short boat trip to the white sands and coconut trees of Ile aux Cocos is a must. This tiny islet off the coast of Rodrigues Island is a stunning nature reserve famous for its seabirds, and the beaches are paradise. Another one for wildlife-lovers back on Rodrigues’s mainland is the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve, an impressive local project protecting hundreds of giant tortoises. Visit this stunning valley and walk among the giant Aldabra tortoises.
If you’re into hiking, take the coastal path trek to Trou D’Argent. This isolated beach is one of the island’s most spectacular and hidden between two craggy low-slung cliffs. It’s only accessible on foot, which just makes the views all the more rewarding when you get there.