This is the supposedly “second” main attraction of the island but I beg to differ!
Cavernes Patates is a cave that winds its way for 600m underground. The western part of Rodrigues seems to be of coralian formation – I have no confirmation of that; it’s just a guess.
The cave is nice to visit, there are many stalagtites hanging from the ceiling and stalagmites that form intricate shapes which are create interesting shapes when a light beam is shone on them in the right direction. Our guide was very eager to tell us about the different shapes (cat, map of Rodrigues, virgin mary,…) that reside in the cave … but that’s it!!! No information whatsoever about how the cave was formed, what type of rocks and/or minerals are in the cave,…
Basically I came out from a nice underground walk not knowing anything about the formation of the cave which is very sad.
Moreover the guide was speaking only creole and some tourists were totally clueless about what was happening! It could have been such a better experience had the guide been given some training and it would be the de facto second most interesting experience after Ile Cocos.
Also, you need a permit to visit the caves. The permit is easily obtained from the Rodrigues assembly for Rs 200 (for either 9:30, 11:30 or 14:30 visits) and you can take up to 30 people with you.