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While Joe energetically unloaded lunch I was taken for a walk through the reserve by Marie Paul who works for Discovery Rodrigues. The noddies were unfazed by us, squabbling on the lush green paths right in front of me.

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Though the Ile aux Cocos is only 2km from the shore, it took us more than an hour to get there because when the tide is out the lagoon is so shallow that boats have to follow a scooped-out channel that runs for kilometres along the coastline.

Also in the boat were a young French-speaking husband and wife from Réunion and two Sri Lankan couples who lived on Mauritius many years ago but who now reside in Maidstone and Carmarthen respectively.

Must be that quality of life that Marc was talking about.

I hope that at 80 I've still got something of his slow swagger.

The general manager, Marc Bogé, joined me as I sat and enjoyed the hotel's ocean view in splendid isolation. "Only the kind you can drink." Unusually for a general manager, Marc was proud of the fact that his hotel was empty at lunchtime. On Mauritius, people stay in their hotel, on the beach. After Jean Paul had dropped me at Villa Mon Trésor and shared a few jokes in Creole with Lelio, I wandered down to look at the sunset, which was as good as they claimed it to be: you normally get reds and yellows like that only with Photoshop.

Marc is a small, friendly Frenchman who came on holiday from Champagne many years ago and stayed. Visitors who come here want to explore." He praised the island's quality of life and its people. A number of people – black and white – had turned out to chat on the broken concrete picnic benches by the shore.

In 1968, there were protests on Rodrigues when Mauritius, the big sister isle 370 miles away, forced through independence. I realised this as soon as I arrived by plane from Mauritius. I told him "No, my name is Adrian Mourby." Neither of us could understand the other.

Over there, a security officer had confiscated my duty-free gin even though it was still in its tamper-proof bag. As I stood outside the baking hot airport looking for my lift, an amiable man with a shaven head sauntered over. Jean Paul proved to be great company, and once we switched to English he never stopped laughing the whole time I was on Rodrigues. He would drive straight at pedestrians he recognised, pretending to run them down. As we headed up the northern coast road, I got my first real glimpse of Prince William's gap-year hideaway. Its bays are newly planted with mangroves to prevent erosion and, out to sea, there were men apparently walking on water with spears.

"You could have opened it and resealed it," he insisted. That's why they're called tamper-proof." But after skimming in over Rodrigues' red corrugated rooftops, all that changed. This wasn't such an optical illusion as it appeared.

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