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Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve

#31 of 204 things to do in Mauritius Features Animals
Mahebourg Bay lagoon, Mahebourg, Mauritius 00230
+230 631 2396
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Ile aux Aigrettes is a small (27 ha) island situated in the Mahebourg Bay, about 850 m off the south-east coast of Mauritius. Unlike the mainland which is of volcanic origin, Ile aux Aigrettes is made up of coralline limestone. It is home to the last remnants of dry coastal forest, once found around most of Mauritius. Like the mainland, Ile aux Aigrettes was affected by tree logging and land clearance, and the introduction of exotic animal and plant species almost destroyed the native fauna and flora. In 1965 the island was declared a nature reserve and our intense conservation efforts have resulted in the restoration of the forest and reintroduction of rare species that had long since disappeared from the island.
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Mahebourg Bay lagoon, Mahebourg, Mauritius 00230
+230 631 2396
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Reviewed today via mobile

This was my favourite thing to do in Mauritius! It's a beautiful, unspoilt and well kept reserve and the information given during the guided tour is excellent. I learnt a lot out the plants and animals endemic to Mauritius. We were lucky to see tortoises,...More

Thank Katy B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a fabulous time out on the Nature reserve. Our guide was friendly, informative and helpful. We saw tortoises roaming freely, the pink pigeons and Mauritian Fody. There were baby tortoises and fruit bats in the nursery. Our four children managed the walking no...More

Thank Aimsandbren
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed the visit with excellent commentary on the varied flora and fauna. The guides were very knowledgeable and quick to spot birds of many species.

Thank Joan F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked our tour in advance and were taken onto the island by boat (10mins away). Our tour lasted for a couple of hours in total. In that time we were led round by a very knowledgeable guide who showed us lots of the rare...More

Thank julia13harper
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here as part of a day tour with Summertime tours. It's a short boat trip to the nature reserve. The tour guides knowledge was exceptional and my husband who is a keen birdwatcher managed to see 3 of the birds we wanted to...More

Thank 1970TravelChick
Reviewed 4 June 2017

It's best to book ahead for this trip as you can only visit the island with a guide. The island is in the lagoon and only a 5min boat ride out so it's very easy to get to. Our guide was very knowledgable regarding the...More

Thank P_South
Reviewed 2 June 2017

This is a fascinating place to visit - you need to prebook the official ecotour as unsupervised visits are not allowed. It's amazing value at Rs800 per person - the guides are friendly and informative - you have a short talk about the conservation project...More

Thank Adrian C
Reviewed 28 May 2017

We had a fantastic private tour of the island with a knowledgeable and helpful guide. Highly recommend doing this! We saw Giant Tortoises, Pink Pigeon & Telfair's Skink...all roaming free on this small island paradise. Proceeds go straight to the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, who are...More

1  Thank Kayleigh F
Reviewed 28 May 2017

I was thoroughly bitten by mosquitoes here as I stupidly wore shorts and did not have any mosquito repellent - be aware! This is a must visit for any nature lover. We loved seeing the pink pigeon, fruit bats and the old giant tortoises. The...More

1  Thank Londoner016
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our short boat ride to the island. Our guide was nice and informative. We were lucky enough to see Big Daddy (a 100 year old tortoise who'd fathered most of the young tortoises on the island). He looked fit and healthy! We were...More

1  Thank Hajra S
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