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Address: SCMRT-MPA Headquarters, PO Box 1240, Victoria, Mahe, Ranger Base, Curieuse Island, Praslin Island, Seychelles
Phone Number: 4 22 51 15
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Description: This island is strictly protected to allow Giant tortoises to prosper.

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Tortoises, history and great hikes to hideaway beaches

Just across the bay from Praslin, this is definitely a place to put high on your list of places to visit. The small park for tortoises is a fascinating place. We managed to get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Just across the bay from Praslin, this is definitely a place to put high on your list of places to visit. The small park for tortoises is a fascinating place. We managed to get the officer in charge to talk about more than the " do nots" and he was full of great information about the history of the tortoises... More 

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Thalwil, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

It a great place to know more about the big turtoises of the Seychelles. You can feed and pet them - great fun for all big and small family members. Usually you can combine the visit with a boat trip including lunch and ending with snorkeling nearby.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Once we heard of the giant tortoise we had to go there and it was not a disappointment. These animals live and breed on one part of the island and gets up to 250 years old. They are very friendly and as long as you bring candy ie leafs, they let you pet them. Amazing. We went on the path... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We took a nature walk through this island and although we were extremely tired in the end, we loved how diverse and beautiful its landscapes and trees are. The island is famous for its giant tortoises and we were even lucky enough to catch two of them mating. They are really large and captivating animals. We ended our walk at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Definately worth a visit. We went as part of a day trip to multiple locations. Lunch was at Curieuse and despite the multitude of flies round the eating area the location was ideal, perect view of all the Tortoise.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Bit turistic, as all boat trips stops here for some sightseeing. However, this is the place if you want to see very close giant tortoises (even handfeed)

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Fascinating nature trail and historic interest - good guide. A step back into history on this former leper island

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

A trip to this island is mandatory if you are staying on Praslin. Though many hotels have group trips on half-day or full-day schedules that take visitors to this island and the other smaller ones off the coast of Praslin, we opted for a charter-boat excursion for a few hours. Our hotel helped us arrange this. Our excellent guide, Benoit,... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We booked a day excursion to see the tortoises and snorkel on Curieuse Island. Children under 12 are free. We had a guide who got us some leaves to feed the tortoises, and he showed us where to walk on the trail to get to the "doctor's house" and the beach facing the hotel on Praslin island. The trail was... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We opted for a full-day trip to see the island and snorkel off St Pierre. Landing on the beach at Curieuse, we were surprised by how comfortable the huge tortoises were around all the visitors, even walking up to them close to the beach. They are very happy and responsive to being touched and stroked on their necks, which was... More 

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