Caverne Patate


Caverne Patate, in the island's southwestern corner, is an impressive cave system with a few stalagmite and stalactite formations. Visit is by guided tour, during which a guide points out formations with uncanny resemblances to a dodo, Buckingham Palace and even Winston Churchill! The 700m tunnel is an easy walk but gets slippery in wet weather; wear shoes with good grip and take a light jacket. Watch for the spectacular white-tailed tropicbirds soaring overhead before you go underground.

The track to the caves is signposted off the road from La Ferme (on the main road into Rodrigues from the airport) to Petite Butte. Buses en route to La Fourche can drop you at the turn-off.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Rodrigues attractions

1. François Leguat Reserve

1.04 MILES

In 1691 François Leguat wrote that there were so many tortoises on Rodrigues that 'one can take more than a hundred steps on their shell without touching…

2. St Gabriel Church

4.74 MILES

This surprisingly grand church in the middle of Rodrigues has one of the largest congregations in the Port Louis diocese. Constructed between 1936 and…

3. Jardin des 5 Sens

5.48 MILES

This pretty little botanical garden of indigenous Rodriguan plants is an interesting way to spend an hour, not to mention a good initiative. Time your…

5. Church

5.73 MILES

This church is a local landmark – its Sunday-morning Mass is standing-room only.

6. Mosque

5.79 MILES

Modest town-centre mosque painted green and white.

7. La Résidence

5.81 MILES

One of the oldest buildings still standing in Port Mathurin, La Résidence dates from 1897, when it provided a fairly modest home for the British chief…