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Cousin Island Special Reserve

Cousin Island, Seychelles
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Traveler Description: - Cousin Island , Seychelles- An Island Paradise- Though Sometimes A Bit Noisy   Cousin Island is a Special Reserve Island, just off the coast of... more »
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Preston, United Kingdom
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115 reviews 115 reviews
30 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a great little island, particularly for bird lovers. When we visited in the SE monsoon there were thousands of Noddy's nesting as well as numerous other species. The white tailed tropicbird with its young were very engaging. There's plenty of other wildlife too, we saw giant turtles (apparently George is 160 years old), geckos and other lizards and... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Before I say anything, this will be biased as I spent three months on the island. This small island is one of the best places I have ever been. The wardens are all so passionate about the islands wildlife and this is shown in the way they deliver their guided walks of the island. The conservation work that is carried... More

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London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

This is a natural reserve for seabirds, and probably you wil visit it in a pack with curieuse island. The place is really special because there a infinity number of birds, all around the island with NO FEAR to humans, and you can see all the birds (and there are A LOT) just next to you. In addition you can... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Every bird lover will be definitely excited. Nice short trail, number of unique species, easy to photo at a close-up distance. Yet for the price of approx 35 euros you get a plenty of mosquitos (so wear long pants and a shirt with a long sleeve), one turtle to see and a big crowd of tourists. I extra counted and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Cousin Island should not be missed by nature and bird lovers. It is located on western part of Praslin and can be combined with Curieuse and St Pierre in a one day trip which costs around 115 euro (including landing fees on Cousin and Curieuse). Most of the trips start from Anse Volbert or Anse Possession beaches, the boats will... More

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Nyon, Switzerland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Cousin offers a simple, two-hour glimpse of a restored, preserved and protected island that harbours a host of endemic and critically endangered species. Seabirds, Giant Tortoises and rare Magpie-robins will all be encountered. Sea turtles and hatchlings may be seen too, especially in the season. The staff are all local, were very knowlwedgable and professional, and dedicated. The funds from... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We recommend that you take the three Islands Ferry Excursion with Mason Travel, who are really well organised with on-board lunch, refreshments and other essentials like umbrellas and numerous cans of mosquito repellent. Be sure to take your camera as this island, which is a haven for photographers, has stunning sights of vegetation, landscape and the Birds; although flash photography... More

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2006

Cousin island Special Reserve must be one of the best small island wildlife reserves in the world. As soon as you land, there are "things" in your face. From hundreds of seabirds of many species, to crabs and lizards, the wildlife is completely unafraid of humans. This is because the island has been an international reserve since 1968. It belongs... More

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2005

We went to the island as part of the three islands (Cousin, Curieuse, St Pierre Islet) boat trip and definitely found Cousin to be the most enjoyable of the three. Its quite astonishing how close you can get to the birds and would be excellent for bird lovers. The guides are all extremely knowledgeable and friendly and really make the... More

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