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Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve

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Address: Mahebourg Bay lagoon, Mauritius
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This small island, declared a nature reserve, is located off the southeast...

This small island, declared a nature reserve, is located off the southeast cost of Mauritius in the Mahebourg Bay lagoon.

  

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Mahebourg Guided Day Tour
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Full-Day 4 Peninsulas Speed Boat Tour from Pointe Jerome

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Fabulous nature project

We had a most informative visit to this nature reserve our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable with lots of facts about now extinct species and the work the Mauritian wildlife... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a most informative visit to this nature reserve our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable with lots of facts about now extinct species and the work the Mauritian wildlife foundation have undertaken in a relatively short time - it was very humid take lots of water and would recommend sneakers not flip flops and also take insect repellent. Worth... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ile aux Aigrette is a nature reserve under the rehabilitation and protection of Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. Rose, our guide, caught our attention and imagination right from the first moment we set foot on the boat to the island. Her enthusiasm was contagious and we found ourselves enthralled both by the story and aims of the project and by all that... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ile Aux Aigrettes (IAA) is a nature reserve based on a small island near Mahebourg (South East Mauritius). Ever since 1987 the foundation has worked towards returning the island's vegetation its natural state and in protecting, and increasing, the populations of: *Giant tortoises *Pink pigeons *Foddys & *Skinks (lizards) The tour takes 1.5-2 hours with a 5 minute boat ride... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An outstanding place in Mauritius, with its remaining flora and fauna. Different from other parts os island, it worths for the cultural aspect of the trip.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a trip on a little fisherman boat to swim and dive with my friend and girlfriend. Even the sea was not at its best condition and our boat was shaking from left to right like a gogo dancer we had lot of fun and enjoy the view while diving.

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Mauritius
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Its a protected island and whatever you are paying for the trip goes to the maintenance and safekeeping of the island. A guided tour which was very enriching. The island is inhabited by endemic birds, telfairs' skink, giant tortoise of Aldabra (Bid Daddy the 100 years old tortoise) and trees (especially the ebony). Very humid in the summer but worth... More 

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Bronshoej, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We visited this island and had a great time. The guide was British, very informative, funny and passionate about this project of preserving species - both plants and animals. This was our first encounter with tortoises both very huge and very very small. A great tour that we will definitely recommend to all - bring cash - we were very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Worthwhile trip to make to see the rare pink pigeon, skinks and Fodis. Well operated tour. Unless you are a botanist the shorter visit is enough ie 1.5-2 hrs. Good to see what Mauritius would have looked like before humans got there.

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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

This island is by guides tour only so make sure you book. The island is hotter than the mainland so make sure you bring plenty of fluid with you. The path is quite uneven so make sure you have proper footwear. As a nature lover, I enjoy the guided tour very much and good to see the conservation program. It... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

The speed boat trip to the island takes about 5m of fun and great scenic views of the coral island, mahebourg and the highlands. Upon arriving to the island, we've been taken to see the tortoise nurseries and then we're briefed about the island, the nature reserve and its flora and fauna. We've met Big Daddy (Aldabra tortoise with 100... More 

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