Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, Mauritius

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#9 of 25 in Nature in Mauritius
Take a boat out 850 m (2,789 ft) from the mainland to visit Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, a limestone island and important conservation project. Declared a nature reserve in 1965, the island's managed ecosystem includes restored native forests and reintroduced indigenous species. The coralline limestone here still has some patches of the dry coastal forest that once covered the majority of the country's territory. Enjoy a guided tour across the island to spot bronze dodos, giant tortoises, ornate day geckos, and pink pigeons, all in an environment reminiscent of the country before human discovery, habitation, and industry. Put Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Pointe d'Esny tour itinerary app .
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  • An absolute must in terms of nature and turtles up close. With the statements of a Director of the wildlife organization a unique experience.
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  • The visit to the island was a beautiful conclusion of a great tour for us. We have logged on us 2 days in advance by email and were then at the registered time on the boat offshoot. Payment on site is possible by credit card or bar. It is on the island by speed boat. On a hike everything is conveyed well. Who has seen yet any giant tortoises on Mauritius or the Seychelles, you will here find it. Also fondling is allowed and encouraged.
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  • Unique opportunity to observe species of Mauritius and understand its conservation programs. Perfect if you like nature, birds and reptiles. Bring hat, insect repellent and sun cream. The road is not difficult but better to bring appropriate footwear.
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  • We had a fantastic time. The visit was really educational and we learnt a lot despite being born in Mauritius. A truly enjoyable experience and one which I won't mind doing again. Kudos to the tour guide.
  • A nice nature reserve. Instructive visit, clear and detailed explanation by the guide. Boat trip to ile aux aigrettes short & pleasurable.
  • Nice experience to visit this nature preserving island. Expect a not too long guided walk through the forrest with insightful explanations.
  • Worth the trip. Have stayed around the corner from this island all 4 times I have been to Mauritius without going there. Was surprised by how pleasant it was. You get there by boat which is an added bonus. Recommend it. Great for kids too.
  • Very good insight into original Mauritius Flora and Fauna , where these are preserved and protected - on a small island. BUY the small pamphlet called 'The Native Plants and Animals of Mauritius' by the The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. Easy to to read, indentify and assimilate.

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