Puma LodgeLodge in Rancagua
Just one and a half hours from Mauritius by plane we have room for only a few, providing a choice of simple understated luxury accommodation in a variety of rooms and suites. As a guest, you will be among the first to experience this beautiful, secluded natural world with access to one of the most popular wind and kite surfing sites. Discover the charms of the island whilst roaming the endless routes that crisscross the countyside and coastal paths.
We invite you to enjoy the Rodriguan experience of fine local cuisine, laid back atmosphere and authenticity of island life, join us for lazy days, laughter and lemonade ….
For those with an adventurous spirit, Rodrigues is an island that can be discovered on foot, coastal or inland, awakening you to rural ways of life where time stands still. The lagoon can be sailed with local fishermen, discovering the smaller islands or just having fun fishing and snorkeling. The locals are warm welcoming people who are happy to guide you on the right trails & welcome you to experience island life.
There’s a palpably relaxed outer-island Creole feel to Rodrigues, a bit somnolent too, distanced from the mainland bustle of Mauritius. A kite-surfing Mecca, windswept little Rodrigues could be to today’s kiters what Tamarin was to yesteryear’s surfers – an exotic Mascarene isle unspoiled by tourism, malls, junk food, high-speed motorways, luxury hotels hogging the best beaches and all that kind of stuff. Kiters could make a special Santosha-esque film and still viewers would be mystified by the locale, much like they were before Tamarin Fever infected the entire surf world. The roar of onshore wind and trashed surf is constant, the swell-exposed south coast constantly unsurfable, and if your time is limited, you will want to avoid Rodrigues because there is essentially one spot, Passe Jimmy, a narrow hole in the island’s western barrier reef that is only surfable on small WSW swells and high tide. Fronted by tiny Île aux Sables, a nature reserve, Passe Jimmy has a right and a left, the left being longer and more high-performance orientated than the right, which tends to be abrupt and hollower. Both are fast and very shallow, breaking over healthy live coral, and are only accessible during high tide, requiring a minimum one-hour boat ride over the shallow lagoon from Baie du Nord or Port Mathurin. The pass closes out with any swell bigger than two metres, and the wind is often blowing too hard offshore, making the waves choppy and unrideable. Occasionally Passe Jimmy can offer fun, clean waves, but Rodrigues is not a place for a designated surf trip. The same can be said of the other Mauritian administered outer island dependencies including the atolls of Cargados Carajos shoals, the immense undersea (scientists have tried to grow an artificial island here) Saya de Malha Bank and the tiny Agalega Islands. Tromelin has an airstrip, a cyclone-warning weather station and a wave-lashed, teardrop reef in the middle of nowhere, but no real surf.