We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Cousin Island, Seychelles
Website
Improve this listing
Description:

This island protects the tiny population of the endemic Seychelles warblers...

This island protects the tiny population of the endemic Seychelles warblers Acrocephalus sechelllensis.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 45 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Birdwatcher's paradise, with hawksbill turtle as a bonus

Only here can you see so many endemic Seychelles birds in one tiny island: Seychelles Warbler; Seychelles Fody; Magpie Robin, Blue Pigeon. And then you add the breeding fairy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
FriskyG
,
Southampton, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
227 reviews
153 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only here can you see so many endemic Seychelles birds in one tiny island: Seychelles Warbler; Seychelles Fody; Magpie Robin, Blue Pigeon. And then you add the breeding fairy terns (too cute at all stages of their growth) and white-tailed tropic birds all the year around. We were also lucky to see a hawksbill turtle laying her eggs. We were... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank FriskyG
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Loved seeing the turtles on this island. They were astonishing. But prepare yourself, if you are planning on walking the trail you need shoes, not flip flops and if you have young kids prepare to carry them too on that 45 minutes up and down hike. Other than that it is a beautiful little paradise.

Helpful?
Thank Nada E
Aberdeen
Level Contributor
161 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This was our third visit to Cousin island. Our previous two visits were in July - no mosquitoes: the last visit was at the end of October and was a different story altogether! The fact that this has been a wetter year than usual in the Seychelles probably added to the bite count. So, as previously stated, cover yourself in... More 

Helpful?
Thank Barbara41
Forked River, New Jersey
Level Contributor
9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Cousin is a special treat for those who like nature and the environment. I highly recommend visiting on any trip to the Seychelles if this is of interest to you. Love the Paradise Flycatchers which are not to missed.

Helpful?
Thank Richard B
Colombia
Level Contributor
38 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I have been fortunate to work around, visit and stay in Cousin Island Special Reserve. This island is beautiful and a conservation success for birds, tortoises and corals. The wardens really know the island. The will take you walking around the island, sharing their knowledge and successful conservation stories. It is a must for anyone who visits the Seychelles. There... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank phmontoya
Sacramento, California
Level Contributor
66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Worth the trip as the bird life was amazing. Best to wear long pants and sleeves as the mosquitos are as bad as all the previous posts state. No services at all on island so bring what you need. The tour was 1.5 hours.

Helpful?
1 Thank davez2356
Level Contributor
37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015 via mobile

I give it three stars not just for the mosquitoes but for the time management. They make you wait for so long in a little shack and it doesn't have to be so stretched. Please improve. Other than that, fantastic birds on the island though.

Helpful?
1 Thank ThisIsBadax
Yeovil, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
57 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

The bird sanctuary is a great place to visit for both land and sea birds. I was fortunate to see both the Seychelles Warbler and Magpie Robin which are on the endangered list. The area is as nature intended it to be and there is very little sign of 'man', which is great.

Helpful?
1 Thank Sue B
NJ
Level Contributor
337 reviews
179 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 536 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

In February, there are relatively few birds, though pretty, and billions of mosquitos. The tours are structured in such a way that everyone has a half hour of dead time on the beach both at the beginning and again at the end. I'm sure from what I've heard and read, that this is sensational in, say, April. but I'd never... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank NJ-Eric
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This was the 1st Island we visited on the 3 Island tour. Was pristine, beautiful a nature lover's dream and can also transform somebody into a nature lover! The island is kept pest free. They have their own boats to pick you up from your travel boat to avoid any infestation. They give a very informative tour of the Island... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Aditi C

Travelers who viewed Cousin Island Special Reserve also viewed

Praslin Island, Seychelles
Praslin Island, Seychelles
 
Praslin Island, Seychelles
 

Been to Cousin Island Special Reserve? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cousin Island Special Reserve staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?