Curieuse Island, Praslin Island

4.6
#2 of 12 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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  • Tripadvisor had already read so wanted not necessarily this way but was included in the catamaran trip. If you go to La Dique travel you can skip this island. Do you keep your entire holiday on Praslin and you want to see in the wild turtles walk then it is fine to do. The turtles can be found because per turtle about 10 tourists around it and some love to sit on them and look at you weird when you get there what by says. Please take a moment to the tourists are gone and you can pet them or they just can put on the picture. Usually, a walk on the island. Do not do this on slippers there are many stones and take plenty of water and mosquito repellent! Large parts you walk here in full sun. Apart from the mangroves and turtles that often it is not a special trip.
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  • Turtles are great! You can touch and caress them. There is a really very nice beach on the other side of the island with clear waters, deep ocean and very few of algae!  more »
  • Very much worth a visit on its own to see the giant tortoises – best reached by a walk across the island from the main landing point (a museum is also worth a quick stop). Otherwise from Praslin, the ...  more »
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  • Perfect touristy place to spend a day off the yatcht. Meet the 120 years old + tortoises, maybe pet them and take beautiful pictures at this beautiful marine national park if you're so inclined. The view is amazing. There's a mangrove walk that winds up at the beach so you cant take a swim after burning up lots of calories. Enjoyable
  • Make friends with the local giant Tortoises, then follow the trails around this protected island. Well worth a visit.
  • Beautiful place to for a day trip when at Seychelles. One can take a cruise from Praslin, cote d'or beach. One gets to be with large tortoises. One can go very close to them, touch them, feel them, feed them, take pictures with them etc. Watching the feelings in their eyes is a great delight. They are very bold and not at all afraid of coming close to you, if you want to feed them. They have also demonstrated the life cycle of turtles. They have separately kept turtles what are a few months old, one year old, give years old and of course the very matured ones. Entire life cycle is also explained well. Beaches on Curieuse islands are excellent. Very good for swimming, very safe, very picturesque. There is a trail to go from one beach to the other and it's just fantastic. Takes 30-40 minutes and one thoroughly enjoys that. Once can spend 3-4 hours at one of the beaches of Curieuse islands, swimming, strolling and relaxing. Excellent way to refresh oneself. The stone formations are also quite picturesque. One of the stone is in the shape of a tortoise and that's a beauty to click a photo. We also got to taste wonderful BBQ lunch by the side of the beach, organised by our cruise organizers. For the vegetarians like us also, the was a very good variety, good quality and excellent taste. Day at Curieuse islands will be remembered in my mind for quite some time
  • One of best beaches in Seychelles
  • 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.
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