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Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, Mauritius

Categories: Islands, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
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 great island to visit. So secluded and lovely to see all the animals in their natural environment roaming around. The tortoises were an especially great attraction. 
  • Former military base turned into a place to preserve species endangered, that is the positive side but on site a guide accompanies us according to a defined path, you meet turtles, show us the trees and then the turn is over. It was expected to see a lot more variety of animals and another organization.
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  • Very quaint and fantastic to see the effort of these people in an effort to protect this place. Almost certain to see the massive aldabra tortoises but also a number of rare birds. Sadness in seeing the many bronze statues depicting the endemic species now extinct. Visit in my opinion to do if you are nearby. An hour and a half x 20 euro including transfer to the island. Unico neo ... the guides they run too while it would be nice to have more time x photos and sightings.
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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
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