Extending below the surface of the reserve is a network of eleven caves, the largest of which, at 500m in length, is called Grande Caverne and is open to visitors. Follow specially designed walkways on a guided tour of the cave, where you can see the beautifully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites, formed over thousands of years. Our informed and entertaining guides will ensure your enjoyment and safety during the tour. In the reserve, you will also be able to see inside Caverne de la Vierge.

As well as being interesting and attractive places to visit, these caves are also important in giving us clues to the history of Rodrigues and its native wildlife. This is because they are the key source of fossils found so far on Rodrigues. They have been found to contain bones of long-dead animals that can be used to tell us more about many extinct species of the island. You can see some of the bones in the museum.

  • Unlike the other islands in the Mascarenes which was composed of volcanic basalt, Rodrigues has a limestone plateau, called Plaine Corail.
  • This area was created by the action of the wind blowing coral sand to form calcarenite or limestone rocks.
  • Over time, parts of the limestone were eroded by rainfall and underground streams, forming large caverns. In some places the roof of the cavern has collapsed, leaving steep-sided canyons, such as Canyon Tiyel in the reserve
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