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Locations of Rodrigues

Port Mathurin is the largest city, port and capital of Rodrigues in the north of the island. During the day the town is lively, with a friendly vibe, and there are bustling markets, numerous churches, fine restaurants, and stunning cultural attractions to explore here. Of the colonial era buildings still standing, one of the oldest is ‘La Residence’ built in 1897 as the modest home of the then British Chief Commissioner. The site is now used as function rooms for the Regional Assembly and is closed to the public.

 The north of Rodrigues consists of the regions of Port Mathurin, Oyster Bay, Baie Malgache and Grand Baie-Montagne. Port Mathurin is the largest city, capital and a working sea-port. There are a number of attractions here, including vibrant markets, restaurants, churches and cultural attractions. The villages of Port Mathurin include: Anse aux Anglais, Baie Lascars, Camp du Roi, Caverne Provert, Creve Coeur, Jeantac, Point Monnier, Port Mathurin Harbor, and Terre Rouge. There are great opportunities for sports fishing in these areas and there are many accommodation options concentrated here, including hotels like the Auberge Anse aux Anglais and Les Cocotiers, guest houses like Le Récif, villas, bed and breakfasts and tourist residences like Ti Pavillon in Terre Rouge.

The south of Rodrigues consists of the regions of Port Sud-East and Rivière Cocos. These are some of the most popular touristic areas on the island.  From the region of Port Sud-Est and its villages of Montagne Malgache, Mourouk, Pompee, and Port Sud-Est Village, there are a number of adventure and water sport activities available. Wind and Kite surfing are especially popular in Marouk, as well as diving and snorkelling to glimpse the amazing coral reefs and tropical fish. Sail boat trips are recommended from Port Sud-Est to explore the inlets in the lagoon. Ziplining in Montagne Malgache is not to be missed for the breath-taking views across the valleys and lagoons. For a taste of authentic island life visit some of the villages of Rivière Cocos like Anse Baleine, Anse Raffin, Citron Donis, Eau Vannée, and Riviere Cocos Village.

The central region of Rodrigues consists of Lataniers-Mont Lubin, Mangues-Quatre Vents and Petit Gabriel. Despite the low elevation of the country as a whole, the central region of Rodrigues is fairly mountainous with many popular mountain hiking trails. The highest peak of Rodrigues is Mont Limon, in Lataniers. Other notable villages in the Lataniers-Mont Lubin region include Citronelle, Grande Montagne, Mont Lubin, Orange, Palissade Ternel, Sygangue and Vangar.

The East region of Rodrigues consists of Coromandel-Graviers and Roche Bon Dieu-Trèfles. The villages of Coromandel-Graviers include Coromandel, Montagne Cabris, Nouvelle Decouverte, Patate Théophile, Petit Gravier and Trois Soleils. The region is particularly picturesque with some of the most stunning beaches and coves, with trails that run along this stretch of coastline, allowing access to the secluded inlets. Some of the best beaches include Saint François, Trou d’Argent and Anse Bouteille. There are a range of accommodation choices in the area including La Belle Rodriguaise Hotel in Graviers. The villages of Roche Bon Dieu-Trèfles include Brule, Point Coton, Riviere Banane, Roche Bon Dieu, and Vainqueur. Pointe Coton is a popular tourist area with its diving centre based at the luxury Cotton Bay Hotel.

The west of Rodrigues consists of the regions of La Ferme, Piments-Baie Topaze and Plaine Corail-La Fouche Corail, and the islets of Ile aux Cocos and Ile au Sable.
All visitors will enter the country via the west of the island as the Sir Gaetan Duval airport is located here at Plaine Corail. Close to the airport in Plaine Corail-La Fouche Corail are the villages of Cascade Jean Louis, Citi Patate, Anse Quitor and Petite Butte. Anse Quitor is a nature reserve that is famous for the François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve. This popular attraction is also close to another natural wonder, the amazing cave system of Caverne Patate in Citi Patate.
La Ferme with its villages of Baie du Nord and La Ferme Village contains various attractions such at the Tryst Kite-boarding School, as well as several accommodation choices like the Maison des Vacances gîte and Les Chalets guest house. Four kilometres from the West Coast, Ile aux Cocos is one of the most popular attractions in Rodrigues, a nature reserve where over 4,000 species of bird can be seen at any one time.