Rodrigues Island is a small volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, east of Mauritius, of which it is a territory. On the north coast, the capital Port Mathurin features colonial buildings including the former governor’s residence. In the southwest, the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve is home to fruit bats and giant tortoises, plus underground caves like the stalactite-filled Grande Caverne.
Rodrigues is surrounded by a lagoon dotted with small islands, including Île aux Cocos, populated by thousands of seabirds. The waters around Île aux Chats and Île Hermitage are well suited to snorkeling, and the more exposed waters of the outer reef are popular kitesurfing and windsurfing destinations. Big game fishing includes marlin and sailfish. Ziplining at Montagne Malgache provides dramatic views of the lagoon and valleys of the south coast. There are also views from the top of Mont Limon, a peak in the center of the island. To the east, secluded Troud’Argent beach sits on a small cove between 2 cliffs.