Curieuse Island, Praslin Island

4.6
#2 of 10 in Nature in Seychelles
A small and pristine landmass floating on the cerulean Indian Ocean, Curieuse Island remains a slice of undisturbed paradise. Covering just 2.86 sq km (1.1 sq mi), this tiny speck off the north coast of Praslin features deep red earth and bio-reserve forests. Walk through dense mangrove forests--home to the extremely rare and iconic Coco de Mer palm--and keep an eye out for the giant Aldabra tortoise colony and a rare sighting of a Seychelles black parrot. Most visitors to the island choose to visit with a tour operator, as there are no restaurants or facilities on site. Arrange to visit Curieuse Island and other attractions in Praslin Island using our Praslin Island tour itinerary maker tool .
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  • This place is one of the must in animal evolution. Nice park that allows the animals to be approached closely; with caution of course as we should disturb at the minimum. Watch out the big spiders on ...  more »
  • You can see giant turles eveywhere in Seychelles, so even if your accomodation recommends it (probably against a commission for the organizers) you will find a better place to snorkel and to spend €65...  more »
  • We are here with ziblo charter Boat that I particularly recommend as very friendly lots of explanations. Very nice little island, turtles are impressive, the 45 min walk is very nice (predict water bottle, by necessarily walking shoes we were in tong), we also see the mangrove, the former home of the leper... and we eat the other side on a beautiful beach!
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  • If you have some time to spare, previous visitors recommend spending a few hours roaming Curieuse Island, home to the Curieuse Marine National Park. Sitting just off the northern coast of Praslin, this nearly 2-square-mile island acts as a giant free-range zoo dominated by the national heavyweight — the Seychellois tortoise. As one of the largest types of tortoise on the planet, these giants clock in at 300 to 600 pounds. While visiting Curieuse, you can stroll alongside these mammoth animals as they meander through the park's coco-de-mer trees. Curieuse Marine National Park also features some worthwhile strips of sand, numerous hiking trails and the remains of a former leper colony that now acts as a museum and historic site. According to one TripAdvisor user, "We loved playing with the giant tortoises and it was definitely an experience of a lifetime!" However, not all visitors were as over-the-moon about their experience, noting that the must-see tortoises can be found on more accessible islands, including Praslin and La Digue. Many travel experts recommend booking a guided tour to Curieuse Island through your hotel or with a local guide. If you wish to visit on your own, you will need to charter a yacht or rent a boat, as Seychelles' ferry system doesn't service the island. You can visit Curieuse Marine National Park every day; the park's ranger base is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission costs 200 SCR (around $17 USD) per person. Note: You cannot stay overnight on Curieuse Island, as there are no hotels, campsites or eateries. To learn more, visit the Seychelles Tourism Board's Curieuse Marine National Park page.
  • Frage : question Why so many local guides give their 5star voting ? ......
  • Beautiful Island , untouched nature , with a big tortoise farm and by hiking accross the forest you can get to the best beaches there.
  • Good for small walking trails on hills, Can see giant turtle 🐢 in natural habitat roaming around.
  • Amazing to see giant tortoises
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