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Introduction to the Island of Rodrigues

RODRIGUES,THE AUTHENTIC
Better than an island, better than a promised paradise, better than a tempting postcard ... Rodrigues is a small gem set in the immensity of the Indian Ocean, far from the stereotypes of mass tourism. If you are addicted to the "beach - disco-shopping ..." then you will be disappointed ....

On the other hand if your values ​​are more oriented towards the authentic, the nature, the calm, the encounters with great people always smiling, far from the crowds, then YES! You will surely fall in love with Rodrigues.

Contrary to popular belief, French is the language most commonly spoken. Everyone here speaks the language of Molière ...  
Isolated from the rest of the world for ages, the Rodrigues know how to share their happiness with enthusiasm and simplicity, knowing how to give time to time.

In Rodrigues, it is not the rows of coconut palms that flirt with the waves, but rather the frail Filaos that curl the beaches of white sand, no sugar cane fields as far as the eye can see, as in neighboring islands, but rather A multitude of small vegetable plantations, spread among eucalyptus forests, and whose production will garnish the colorful stalls of the port market Mathurin.

A rich and varied vegetation, an alternation of forests and plains, mountains and valleys, where narrow roads and paths stretch in curves and bends before melting into the ocean, offering you unforgettable views.

You dream of discovering the underwater riches of this pearl? Whether in its lagoon, its passes or even in the ocean, always in a spirit of authenticity, and almost privacy, the diving center installed at Cotton Point, the Cotton Dive Center will welcome you to share with you Dives that will remain forever in your memories.

A LITTLE HISTORY….
Rodrigues is the smallest of the three islands of the Mascareignes archipelago.
Of volcanic origin, the island is located 560 km to the north east of Mauritius, almost isolated in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
With a surface area of ​​109 square kilometers, it is 18 kilometers long by 8 wide and has the particularity of having a lagoon with a surface twice that of land.
It is part of the Republic of Mauritius and enjoys a status of autonomy since October 12, 2002.
The immense lagoon is generally shallow. It is dotted with 17 islets that emerge (including Cat Island, Hermitage, Cocos, Crab, Gombrani, St. Catherine, flat island, etc.).
A vast continental shelf extends all around the island, Several nautical miles, Before plunging into the abyss of the Indian Ocean, the kingdom of pelagics.
The very history of the island, its geographical position on the Southern Hemisphere trade route and sea currents, the absence of mass tourism, the absence of noisy motorized industries and nautical activities And polluting, the absence of industrial fishing and wild anchorages, all contributed to preserve the authenticity and uniqueness of the seabed and its ecosystem.
More than 273 varieties of corals have been identified, some of which are probably endemic, their exceptional density and vitality make you dive into a real colorful kaleidoscope,

THE CLIMATE
We are in the southern hemisphere, and the climate is generally rhythmic by 2 major periods:

The southern winter (April to September), a time when the trade winds of the South East become more powerful and precipitation rarer. The daytime temperatures are around 26 ° C, those of the water 24 ° C.
Southern summer (October to March), period when the trade winds calm and the sea is smooth. The daytime temperatures can reach and exceed 30 ° C, those of water 28 to 29 ° C. It is also the period of cyclonic activity.
Cap, sunglasses and protective cream are your indispensable companions of the trip ....