Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, Mauritius

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#8 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. 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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  • August 13, 2017
    After a short boat trip of around 10 min we landed on the island. Only to be visited after reservation (online) and with a guide. After the intro we walked around for around an hour. Higlights the clo...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    One of several islands off the coast of Mauritius that are dedicated to nature conservation. This island is a wonderful example of how a group of dedicated people can transform an island that had been...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    A stunning island with many conservation projects. The tour of the island led by a really nice guide that really was passionate about nature. Saw many tortoises (also a mating), pink pigeons and skinks. Very cozy to walk around on the island despite little insects:) Not a difficult walk, but a little more stable shoes recommended. This island has to be visited and the projects that are on the island is financed by tourism. Best excursion on our entire mauritius trip.
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  • June 14, 2017
    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.
  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • September 6, 2017
    An enriching experience! Definitely a place for all ages (but mind you it is a walking experience). The guides are real pros! I have learned a lot about Mauritius's fauna and flora, the importance of preservation, a bit of history and had loads of fun spotting the Pink Pigeon, geckos, Cardinal fody and giant tortoises... We were even taught a lesson about respecting boundaries by a female Cardinal fody 😂 This island has lots of secrets to share!
  • July 18, 2017
    Amazing reserve, amazing staff. Our guide was very passionate and professional. Wild life including the flora was interesting to observe. Long live big daddy and mr. zoidberg - the coolest turtles.
  • August 17, 2017
    Fantastic place to hangout in mauritius. The places are really very very nice :) and you can even go snorkling and diving at some places and you don't need toknow swimming for them Which is really cool.

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