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. Put Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Mahebourg tour itinerary app .
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  • I love this place, itโ€™s so green and you get to see so many species, especially the Geckos, the tortoise, the variety of birds and all the plants that are found there. They are so well preserved and c...  more »
  • Well worth a visit, as the work they're doing to restore this lityle Island, is so interesting. They are working hard to restore the plants & wildlife, to what it was 400 yrs ago, minus the Dodo! We h...  more »
  • Don't miss the opportunity to visit Ile aux Aigrettes - it is a very well managed island nature reserve, and the team there have achieved great things in pulling several species back from the brink of...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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 ๐Ÿ˜‚ This island has lots of secrets to share!
  • 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.
  • 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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