All of which is why I hesitate to say Rodrigues is currently the finest cruising destination on Earth. Instead, I’ll just say it is my own personal paradise-of-the-moment.
First, it is seldom visited by yachties, and thus, familiarity hasn’t bred contempt. Every local you meet knows you’re off a boat and is interested in your journey. It is, along with Mauritius, an independent country. This means it is not threatened by the paleness of your skin or your wealth, and the locals are doing quite well, thank you. And, it is cozy. There is only one harbor, Port Mathurin, with room for six or so boats.