Aride Island Nature Reserve

Aride Island Nature Reserve

Aride Island Nature Reserve
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oriah1910
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
Wonderful tour of beautiful island filled with birds. The staff is both friendly and knowledgeable. The man in charge of the island at the moment, Frances, was amazing. He swam out to our boat after we left to bring back something we had forgotten even before we realized we had forgotten it.
Written April 19, 2021
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Shw S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Aride island is a wonderful paradise for bird-watching close to Praslin. Arriving at Aride is an adventure by itself, particularly when the waters are a bit choppy. Once there, the guides are remarkably informative and clearly extremely passionate about their work. Our guide, Liam, answered all our questions and took us on a guided walk/hike through the forest pointing out the various birds, insects and trees that are endemic to the Seychelles and Aride. We saw so many birds - Brown Noddys, Lesser, Noddys, Fairy Terns, Sooty Terns, Tropicbirds, Shearwater, Magpie Robins (extremely rare birds), Madagascar Turtledoves, Frigate birds, and Warblers. They are unafraid of humans and live and nest right by the walking path. We also saw a lumbering Aldabra tortoise along the pathway. All up, a delightful visit, highly recommended for people who enjoy nature and want to appreciate the beautiful fauna that Seychelles has to offer.
Written September 14, 2021
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alireza k
Tehran, Iran273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
We booked a private boat from raffles resort to this island to observe the seabirds and the nature reserve. A very friendly chap from the UK was our guide, and he was a volunteer staying for 3 months on the island tending to the birds. The noddys, fodys, long tailed tropical birds and their chicks and the view from the top of the island was unbelievable. This was my best birdwatching experience ever. We even tended to an injured tropical bird who couldn't fly because of sticky thorns between the feathers and wings. It was very hot but there was a nice breeze on the top. Do not miss.
Written April 8, 2016
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Bern_Shen
San Francisco, CA149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
We were very fortunate to book a visit to Aride during a sunny interlude in early December from the Raffles resort on Anse Takamaka on Praslin. Leslie picked us up from the beach in front of the hotel & took us on the 20 minute ride to Aride, where we transferred to a Zodiac (to minimize the chance of transferring rats or other predators to the island). Generally, they encourage arriving before 10am & leaving around 2-3pm.

Melinda & Rodney from the staff met us & 3 other guests from Frankfurt & Zurich, & after a brief orientation, Rodney led us on a 2 hour trek along the beach & over the hill, stopping every few minutes to point out the birds, lizards & other fauna & flora. We got a bit sweaty because of the heat & humidity (be sure to bring some water), but the walk was only moderately strenuous, suitable for most people of modest fitness - & the beautiful birds (including some quite rare species such as the magpie robin) were a real treat.

After the walk we enjoyed a delicious barbecue lunch in the visitors' shelter, courtesy of Leslie who is both a boat captain & an excellent chef, & a brief dip in the water before heading back.

The small staff on Aride do an amazing job monitoring & tagging the birds, turtles & other wildlife, eradicating ants & other pests, & educating visitors. Being a private reserve, they don't receive subsidies from the government, so we were very pleased to contribute our fees. All in all, a very special experience.
Written December 3, 2014
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Joanbaez65
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
we've been there on a bad weather day and it was still a nice adventure, considering that their boat coud not come pick us up at our speedboat and we had to reach them swimming! Albert, the guide was friendly and very professional , telling us all sorts of infoes about Seychelles nature and its conservation programs. Even if we are not bird-watching lovers, we think it is an excursion not to miss: nice walk in the jungle, nice discoveries and nice beaches to snorkel too!!!
Some tips: call in the morning just to check sea conditions and their ability to receive you; no credit cads accepted , just cash! The boat trip to reach Aride is quite expensive but it deserves it : we agreed 300 euros for a private boat for the 2 of us ( it is quite difficult to find other people to join); the fees to enter is 35 euros a person!!!
Written October 31, 2014
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Barbara41
Westhill, UK414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
After three previous failed attempts over the last twenty years, we have now managed to get to Aride: this was our main reason for going to the Seychelles in mid/late October, and it did pay off.

The whole experience was wonderful, including the boat trip and the zodiac transfer (elegant the latter wasn't, but certainly a memory to cherish!). The island is pristine and undoubtedly worth the effort and expense to get there if you have the opportunity to do so. Our guide, Albert, was great, and we were lucky to enough to be given three hours of his time and knowledge. The only visitors on the day we went were the two of us and Anders from Sweden: such a small group meant that we were able to get the maximum enjoyment and information from the visit.

You don't have to be an ornithologist to appreciate the reserve, though an interest in the natural world and/or conservation is likely to be the main reason for going. There is an interesting link to the UK - in the early '70s Christopher Cadbury, realising the significance of the bird populations on the island, bought Aride for the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves (now Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts). Subsequently it became a Special Reserve under Seychelles law: there is a memorial to Christopher Cadbury on the island.
Written November 14, 2015
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AlecInBrussels
Brussels, Belgium350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Family
Aride Island is 15 kilometres by boat from the Cote d'Or beach in Praslin and it took us about 30 minutes to get there on a small boat we hired for the trip. Arrangements have to be made before-hand with the management of the reserve and appropriate fees have to be paid, etc. but it was all worth it. I am not a bird lover as such, but it is really amazing to get so close up to these special birds without them flying away. I took quite a number of good photographs without having to resort to a super telephoto lens or a tripod. There is so much to see that you can end up spending hours taking shots of the birds. Our guide was excellent and made it interesting even for the non-specialist. The journey to the viewpoint at the top of the hill was really worth it as we could then gaze down on the Frigatebirds and others as they frolicked in the sunlight. Although it might not be advertised, it is possible to spend a night on the island in a tent and the price with breakfast is approximately €80 per person. Dinner for those staying on the island can also be arranged. However, the number of places are limited so you would need to make arrangements in advance. If you have a choice to visit either Cousin or Aride, I would recommend Aride as the number of bird varities appear to be more extensive.
Written September 8, 2014
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WBT
Aberdeenshire, Scotland317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Couples
We arranged a private day trip to the Bird Reserve Island of Aride through Mason Travel from Praslin. If enough people are interested, you can go as a larger group (therefore cheaper). At £780 the private trip is expensive - an idulgence; but some people spend that on cigarettes in 6 months and you are only young once!!

We got our "own" boat there, around the island and back, a guide to show us round the island and the boat crew cooked a barbeque lunch for us (fresh fish, fruit & salad) while we toured the island. If you are at all interested in birds, this is a fantastic place with few comparable places in the world - magpie robins, sooty terns, tropic birds, frigate birds. As it has been a reserve for a long time, the birds are easy to observe.
Written October 27, 2011
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433c_cileg
Bordeaux47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
if you can go to this wild and not touristic place ( conservation area) you will see birds all along the path in the forest and if you go on top of the island ( not very high but when it s hot it takes some time ) you will the local birds 🦅 all over you and you could stay there for a long time while gazing at this magnificent ballet.
on the return enjoy a swim in the turquoise sea, marvelous tour
Written January 4, 2020
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Aniruddha_Joshi
Pune, India26 contributions
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Nov 2018 • Couples
It was amazing to watch Tropic birds and Fairy terns nesting. Saw blue pigeon, Seychelles fody, Seychelles magpie robin, warbler and shearwater. On the top of hill you will see many frigates with tropic birds and fairy terns. Tour guide was enthusiastic and informative. Volunteers helped in getting out and in to the beach. Overall great experience.
Written December 8, 2018
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