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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” (22 reviews)
“olive white eye” (18 reviews)
“pink pigeon” (44 reviews)
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Mahebourg Bay lagoon, Mahebourg, Mauritius 00230
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We book the excursion just bye the pier in the official office, the guide was great and she walked us through this amazing place full of nature an animal, we were able to see the giant turtles and many other animals highly recommended!!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I attended a tour of the island with a school group of 18 university students. All of us enjoyed the tour of the island immensely. The guides were genuinely passionate about the conservation efforts and very informative. The wildlife was abundant and pointed out. The...More

1  Thank NanAnnMann
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Ile Aux Aigrett... N, Public Relations Manager at Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your positive review. we hope to see again in the near future.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

We had an absolutely wonderful experience with guide Melanie and saw several giant tortoises as well as the pink pigeon. It was absolutely child friendly for our 3 year old and an ecologically educational experience as well. Definitely recommend.

Thank Anna S
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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

We went on a standard tour with one of the guides and had a great experience: a lot of nice nature; both plants and animals and a really enthusiastic quite to explain us about Ile aux Aigrettes and the work that is going on to...More

Thank Vilde O
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

For any nature and animal lover, a visit to Ile aux Aigrettes is an absolute must. Managed by the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation, the island give the visitor a small glimpse of what Mauritius looked like 400 years ago, with reintroduction of a few and very...More

1  Thank Rudde71
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Reviewed 11 February 2018

This is a serious nature reserve and not exactly a tourist attraction. This is offered through guided tours by appointment only. The tour can be uncomfortable because of the heat. It is a coral island which absorbs heat and humity. There are some interesting native...More

2  Thank babalubj
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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

When you’re in blue bay or Mahébourg! We were able to discover the island together with a very charming guide, Melanie, who did a great job showing us around and giving us further information about the flora and fauna to be found on the island....More

Thank Vanswieten
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

A nature reserve to be applauded but the visit was too long, too hot and without significant attractions

1  Thank John M
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Reviewed 14 December 2017

Ile Aux Aigrettes, interestingly, has NO egrets! We boated around it. It is possible to go the island for a short hike. There are apparently turtles and many kinds of birds. The island is lovely from the water and is a popular destination for boaters...More

Thank Jill H
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Reviewed 6 December 2017

A great trip to Isle Aux Aigrette ..bought the tickets then went straight onto the boat for the short hop across to the island. Great tour guide and interesting to see "big daddy" and his mates, plus the other flora and fauna, pink pigeon etc...More

Thank Tonyric60
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