Caverne Patate: places to visit in Rodrigues
A tiny Indian Ocean island is not somewhere you’d expect to descend into a 600 metre long cave system full of stalactites and stalagmites, but 560km east of Mauritius on the tropical island of Rodrigues, that’s exactly what you’ll find.
Located directly underneath a coral plain, Caverne Patate formed as the result of tectonic plate movement, and is now one of the most popular tourist sights on Rodrigues, often visited in conjunction with a trip to see the tortoise reserve at Caverne Tortue.
The natural landmark can be visited independently or with a guide, who will provide a hard hat and lead you along the length of the tunnel, pointing out interesting formations that resemble a dodo, various buildings and animals, and even Winston Churchill. The walk itself is easy enough, although surfaces can be slippery so rubber-soled shoes with a good grip are advised.
After a hard day’s exploring there’s nothing better than heading back to your hotel for a relaxing meal in the cooler temperatures of early evening. One of the best places to stay on Rodrigues is the newly renovated Cotton Bay Hotel on the north east coast, where an entirely new look has recently been revealed, inspired by the muted colour palette of the natural environment.
Air Mauritius operate regular direct flights to and from Rodrigues – visit our website to view the schedule and book flights.