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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  • Interesting walking tour with guide on the island which is protected by Mautitius WWF. The shows at various plants and protection and how they help the turtles to breed.
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  • 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 th...  more »
  • Upon our arrival, we were picked speed boat directly by HOPE; early in the morning at 8:00. So, we had the sea for us alone. We were lucky, that low tide was at that time to do so. So we could get off aux Aigrettes Ile and admire including starfish. Also feeding the many colorful birds. I'm actually not a fan of bird, however, this was a one experience.
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  • Although this very small reserve is the probably the best accessible wildlife watching location in Mauritius it is quite limited, with only a handful of the surviving endemic species, and does not compare well with similar reserves in the Seychelles or elsewhere. The staff are helpful but lack any real depth of knowledge about the wildlife. They clearly receive limited training.
  • 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.
  • It is only possible to access this protected island by a guided tour organised by the Mauritian wildlife foundation. We took the short boat ride from Pointe Jerome and entered the island full of lush endemic vegetation. The guide was very informative and took great care that we could spot the endangered wild birds living in the island. Despite of a rain shower shortening the tour, we were able to see the pink dove, olive white-eye and Mauritian fody, as well as the giant tortoises roaming freely around the forest. There is also a small museum and a gift shop, the profit of which goes to the wildlife protection work. A strongly recommended place for all nature lovers and bird enthusiasts.
  • 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.

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