Rodrigues Island is 350 miles from the Mauritian coast. It is very small and very different from Mauritius. It is less than 78 sq mi, has roughly 37,000 inhabitants and a capital city, Port Mathurin, which looks more like a sleepy village. Rodrigues is crossed by a mountain range (maximum altitude 1,305 ft at Mount Limon) that has to be climbed over if you want to go from one side of the island to the other. The view of the sea is breathtaking. Your gaze will get lost over the turquoise sea and the 17 islets of the lagoon. The island is perfect for sea trips, relaxation on the beach and hikes.
Mauritius' little sister, Rodrigues derived its name from the Portuguese explorer, Don Diego Rodriguez, who discovered the island in 1528.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice
Most of the inhabitants are of mixed African and French descent.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice
It is 43 sq mi in size, and surrounded by a coral reef. The capital of the island is Port Mathurin.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice
Rodrigues is a volcanic island rising from a ridge along the edge of the Mascarene Plateau.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice
The main industries are handicraft, farming, fishing and tourism.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice