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Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Rodrigues

François Leguat Reserve

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 the ground'. Sadly the Rodrigues version of the giant...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Rodrigues

Chez Robert et Solange

This place is the essence of Rodrigues: fresh fish cooked in simple surroundings by the sea. It's 100m through the trees from the beach and with expertly cooked food. When you sit down, you'll be offered whatever...

Top ChoiceMarket in Port Mathurin

Saturday Market

The Saturday market is as busy as Rodrigues gets and it's the best place on the island to shop for fresh produce and souvenirs. It's open the rest of the week but really gears up on Saturday, when much of the...

Top ChoiceBeach in Rodrigues

Trou d'Argent

One of the loveliest cove beaches anywhere in the Indian Ocean, this isolated spot, enclosed by low cliffs, is accessible only on foot on the coastal trail between St François and Graviers. Local legend has it...

Top ChoiceRodriguan in Rodrigues

La Belle Rodriguaise

Perfected recipes by Françoise, author of a respected Rodriguan cookbook, are served on a breezy veranda with never-ending ocean views. Meals are mostly for guests of the hotel, but ring ahead if you'd like to...

Nature Reserve in Rodrigues

Grande Montagne Nature Reserve

One of the last remaining stands of forest on Rodrigues, this nature reserve crowns the island's summit. The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation has planted more than 200,000 native plant species across more than 25...

Seafood in Rodrigues

Le Marlin Bleu

The coolest, most sociable spot in Anse aux Anglais, this restaurant gets the thumbs up from expats and is dominated by larger-than-life Mega, the friendly owner who makes sure that everyone's having a good time....

Cave in Rodrigues

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...

Mauritian in Port Mathurin

Aux Deux Frères

Perched above a plaza of tour operators, Port Mathurin's slickest haunt serves local and international dishes in swish surrounds. The marlin fumé avec gingembre (smoked marlin with ginger) as a starter is small...

Mauritian in Rodrigues

Le Pandanus

This gem of a place, one of a few out on the northwestern coast, has an elevated dining room that looks straight out to sea. The meals are lovingly prepared and the usual table d'hôte hospitality and authenticity...

Mauritian in Rodrigues

Madame Larose

On the road down to the beach in Pointe Coton, Madame Larose is a little local gem, with no-frills service and surrounds but good, honest cooking. Fresh fish, an above-average salade d'ourite (octopus salad), a...

Mauritian in Rodrigues

Mazavaroo

Hikers tackling a scenic east-coast jaunt can take a break at this casual, lunch-only affair with painted pastel tables. Savour the home-cooked seafood (smoked marlin, grilled marlin, calamari, prawns and...

Mauritian in Rodrigues

Chez Paulina

On the road down to Tyrodig, this terrific little place is often packed out at lunch time, especially on weekends. The price-to-quality ratio is particularly high and it does wonderful things on a shoestring with...

Food in Rodrigues

Miel Victoria

Rodrigues honey is renowned throughout the Indian Ocean and is often used by Mauritius' finest chefs. It also makes a fabulous souvenir of a visit to the island and this is the easiest place to buy it. If you...

Gardens in Rodrigues

Jardin des 5 Sens

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 visit to coincide with lunch at the attached Chez Jeannette.

Rodriguan in Rodrigues

Chez Jeannette

Traditional Rodriguan flavours are what you'll get at this friendly guesthouse hidden in the hills. Dishes always feature an assortment of vegetables grown in the property's gardens.

Cultural in Rodrigues

Fête du Poisson

Rodrigues lives and breathes fish, and the Fête du Poisson marks the opening of the fishing season. It's celebrated with all sorts of festivities, including fishing expeditions – and lots of eating.

Cultural in Rodrigues

Festival Kréol

The three-day Festival Kréol entails traditional Creole ceremonies and much dancing in the streets across Rodrigues.

Arts & Crafts in Port Mathurin

Care-Co

Care-Co sells coconut-shell items, honey and model boats made by people (mostly beekeepers) with disabilities.