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Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, Mauritius
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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. To visit Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve on your holiday in Pointe d'Esny, and find out what else Pointe d'Esny has to offer, use our Pointe d'Esny trip itinerary planner.
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  • A short journey over to the island and a personal guide made this a perfect chance to see some rare wildlife in natural surroundings. Our guide Richard was very knowledgeable and ensured we saw a whol...  more »
  • Lovely short boat trip to a tiny island to see the legendary pink parrot, the giant tortoise and other rare specias. The is a small gift shop too 
  • The island can be visited, we can just come alongside along a tiny strip of sand. You can see turtles if we're lucky in making the boat tour.
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  • A small island that will show you how Mauritius was before colonisation.. Endemic animals and plants can be seen and great guides will explain everything about the history. .
  • Very nice place. Good nature reserve which holds a panoply of Mauritius indegenous and endemic species. An accessible place to see the famous Pink pigeon and have an idea of the late Mauritian flora, which prevailed before colonisation.
  • You can go around with a guided tour (1-1,5 hour). IT was very hot on the island but saw tortoise and pink pigeon (nowhere else exist).
  • Serene!
  • Great view and amazing nature