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Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve

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Mahebourg Bay lagoon, Mahebourg, Mauritius 00230
+230 631 2396
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Ile aux Aigrettes is a small (27 ha) island situated in the Mahebourg Bay, about 850 m off the south-east coast of Mauritius. Unlike the mainland which is of volcanic origin, Ile aux Aigrettes is made up of coralline limestone. It is home to the last remnants of dry coastal forest, once found around most of Mauritius. Like the mainland, Ile aux Aigrettes was affected by tree logging and land clearance, and the introduction of exotic animal and plant species almost destroyed the native fauna and flora. In 1965 the island was declared a nature reserve and our intense conservation efforts have resulted in the restoration of the forest and reintroduction of rare species that had long since disappeared from the island.
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“big daddy” (20 reviews)
“olive white eye” (18 reviews)
“pink pigeon” (41 reviews)
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Mahebourg Bay lagoon, Mahebourg, Mauritius 00230
+230 631 2396
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Many people, with a far better knowledge of wildlife, ecology and conservation than me, have covered the treasures and virtues to be found in this remarkable little island on Trip Advisor and all seem to agree it's a must for nature enthusiasts. I ask you...More

Thank DKCChertsey
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Booked an hr guide through the hotel and took their speedboat to the island. I love tortoises so what a great opportunity to see Big Daddy just as we stepped onto the island. Also got close up and massaged Mr Zoeburger & saw a two...More

Thank Getaweigh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed our visit to this reserve. The guide was wonderfull friendly and very informative. Loved the feeding if the bats, seeing the pink pidgeons and of course the trees and the turtles.

Thank Bernie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Monday 25th September this was a quick stop at the Island during our Aqua Soleil Tour of the Lagoon and Mahebourg Bay, this was booked through the Thomson Rep at our Hotel RIU Le Monde. This small coral island has been designated as a nature...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nature reserve with heaps of information and a great way to discover mauritius. We got on the boat with the guide 'Stacey', who was fantastic and was full of useful information too. We were lucky to see the giant tortise who was...More

Thank Vikash S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a fantastic tour of an amazing island, by our guide Rose, who was so accommodating, answering our many questions. We were so lucky.arrived at 9.00 at the little hut opposite preskil hotel we were told we could probably get a boat at 10.30 ethics...More

Thank spiggy5
Reviewed 9 September 2017

We booked a private guide for this amazing place in advance of our trip and looked forward to it for a long time. We were not disappointed! The short speedboat ride over to the island allows you to see fish and coral in the crystal...More

Thank P4lin
Reviewed 8 September 2017

You need to take the guided tour, you need to register in the house on the street, there are english of french guided tours. Wait to the marked time to go to the boat, which takes a few minutes to cross the bay to Ile...More

Thank EgyptAndSummer
Reviewed 5 September 2017

What a special island. I don't mind paying for something that is doing good. This island and the works of the NGO are incredible. we loved seeing the Tortoise and various birds and Skinks

Thank Joeavison
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

After a short boat trip of around 10 min we landed on the island. Only to be visited after reservation (online) and with a guide. After the intro we walked around for around an hour. Higlights the close encounter with 4 turtles of the 25...More

Thank Arie E
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