This little known island was first visited by the Portuguese Captain Diego Rodrigues in 1528, surprisingly, much of the economy of Rodrigues is still derived from the land, subsistence farming, the excess produce of which is exported to its larger neighbour and of course fish from the waters of the Indian Ocean, octopus in particular is exported to Mauritius to satisfy a growing demand.
Each morning at low tide the ‘piqueuse ourite' fisher women of the island make their way out through the shallow waters inside the reef to fish with their unique tridents. Being one of the least accessible islands anywhere on the planet, it has suffered little impact from the ravages of the twentieth century - although satellite television has reached this remote corner!
The island became an integral part of the
The flying time from
The island has some spectacular beaches, windsurfing is popular within the reef and the diving is reckoned by some to be the best in the
Unsophisticated, simple and timeless - Rodrigues is the ultimate get away from it all holiday, an ideal option for a two or three night adventure available from
Our 4 day/3 night Rodrigues extention features the 4 Star Cotton Bay Hotel. Situated on a beaufiful stretch of sand within the lagoon on the northeast coast of the island at Pointe Coton, this comfortable hotel enjoys a peaceful location with only the sounds of waves washing against the reef in the distance to disturb the tranquillity.
The central feature of the hotel is its large swimming pool and terrace where one can relax and enjoy the superb tropical sunshine. There is a well equipped PADI dive centre and the opportunity of taking a big game fishing boat excursion.
The tour includes return airport transfers between your Mauritius hotel and the airport, flights between Mauritius and Rodrigues, return airport transfers in Rodrigues and 3 nights at the Cotton Bay Hotel. Please call our Reservations Department for the latst prices.
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