Curieuse Island
Curieuse Island
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This island is strictly protected to allow Giant tortoises to prosper.
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  • Jasmine38Chichester UK
    Chichester, United Kingdom1,951 contributions
    Highly recommended excursion from Praslin
    We visited as part of the three Island boat excursion with Saggitarius. Highly recommended trip from Praslin. Especially enjoyed interacting with the many giant tortoises. The one mile walk through the mangrove swamp was also really nice, as was the BBQ lunch that was provided here. Nice beach for relaxation and a swim where you rejoin the boat.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 22, 2023
  • mwesi
    Kampala, Uganda98 contributions
    Great day trip for the family
    We thoroughly enjoyed the day trip to Curieuse Island. We went with Kreol Adventures as we had booked our rental car with Kreol Cars and were very pleased with their efficient service upon arrival at Praslin. The trip was excellent from start to finish. We met the guides and boat on Anse Volbert at the location we had been given. The sign in went smoothly and soon we were off on the boat to Curieuse. Upon arrival our fairly large group was divided in two; one for French speakers and the other for English. Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. Seeing the tortoises roaming freezing on Curieuse was wonderful after seeing them in a handful of places on Syechelles where they are penned up in enclosures. The hike to the other beach, where the former leper colony is located was very nice and interesting. It was also just long enough for our 4-year old daughter! We had chosen the barbecue option and were now quite hungry. The food was great and there was enough for seconds so that everyone left with a full stomach. Fresh fish and chicken along with lentils and other side dishes are enough for anyone, including vegetarians. I had considered the non-food choice of tour but we were all happy to have such a meal after the hike! We then had about an hour to relax on the very nice beach before heading near tiny St. Pierre Island for snorkeling off the boat(which was great!) before returning to the starting point. I highly recommend this journey, and going with Kreol, as it makes for a very nice day trip, leaves you time to then enjoy Anse Volbert afterward and gives you a nice side of Seychelles to explore. It is also great for young children as out little girl can attest!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 8, 2023
  • IndySig
    Indianapolis, Indiana3,834 contributions
    Lovely day adventure.
    We toured this island through a day adventure with Sagitarrius Tours. We swam in the beautiful waters and then hiked over the trail, through the mangroves to see the giant tortoises. A beautiful island and a wonderful day adventure
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 27, 2023
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Norwegian Dane
Heggedal, Norway3,096 contributions
Nov 2022
Really a fantastic island with just turtles living there. It is very nice to see how they are treating the animals here.
We were on a tour, where they left us on one side, and they went around the island to prepare some bbq, and then we had to walk for an hour through the mangrove. That was a very nice experience. I would recommend people finding a guided tour, where you can see the entire island like that.
Written November 16, 2022
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Ndakwar
Ma'alot-Tarshiha, Israel352 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Usually when you visit this island, it's part of a half day cruise, combined with a visit to another small island for snorkeling.
There is no much to see there: the turtles, a small trail that leads to what looks like a reef, and there is a small beach in the southern area of the island. If you're a couple (or a group) you have to visit this beach and spend some time there.
Written October 19, 2021
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Deborah R
Bucks Cross, UK16 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We took a trip here this week and dis the hike. You need trainers, we saw many people try it in flip flops and it looked dangerous. Tortoises were great. Paddling was good too as it was calm, unlike Anse Volbert.
Written January 24, 2020
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Gloria S
Taipei, Taiwan88 contributions
Jan 2020
This is the main stopping point of our island hopping trip. I'm pleasantly surprised to find out and to enjoy the trail on this island. It is nice and offers variety of plants and scenery. You will see so many giant tortoises wondering on the road. They are probably so used to people that they don't shy away the sight of tourists. The BBQ lunch comes in just the right time after snorkeling and trail walking. The beach is nice and pretty as well.
Written February 12, 2020
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Jim R
Las Vegas, NV256 contributions
Feb 2020
This is an interesting island that we visited on a small boutique cruise (Crystal Espirit). The beach is an easy place to arrive to the island from. You can see a lot of fish around but I would not call it an outstanding quality beach to visit. The main attraction is are the turtles and the hike.
The first hike can take you around about half the island with not much elevation change. There is a wooden bridge that goes for quite a while because you are going over mangroves and high tide will cover the ground. The second hike is much more strenuous. It is about 30 minutes up and over the mountain with a significant elevation change. It is up hill the entire way to the top. Once you go down the other side, you will be rewarded with an incredible beach that will be virtually empty. Bring some towels and your camera and hang out for half a day. The waves can get big but the nice thing is that there is lots of shade and a nice breeze. There is also a freshwater stream coming down and into the ocean.
This island is good for a full day but probably not much more because there are much better beaches around if that is what you are looking for.
Written February 14, 2020
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Neofelis Nebulosa
London, UK295 contributions
Aug 2022
We visited the Aldabra Tortoise sanctuary on the island. Not very crowded at all and a great experience to walk amongst the gentle giants. You can go right up to them and pet them. I wish the place remains as clean and un-commercialized it is today and one can just spend time watching these ancient creatures amble about and spend their day.

Added bonus : We found a bilimbi tree and got a tasty treat before we got off the island
Written August 29, 2022
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland26,268 contributions
Nov 2021
If one would have only a half day to spend in the Seychelles the ideal place to go to were Curieuse island, not far from Praslin: coco de mer palms, giant tortoises, sandy beaches, beautiful granite rock formations, mangroves - it is all here. The excursion boats will take one to Baie Laraie with the ranger station and a colony of giant tortoises, although with luck one might also encounter one roaming freely in the forest.

There are several rehabilitation programs going on at Curieuse, so access is only from 9am to 5pm and several areas are off limits. Since swimming at Baie Laraie beach is not ideal due to quite a bit of seaweed, tourists will walk the 1.7km to the attractive Anse St.José beach, where the boats will pick them up again. Here swimming is good and there is also a restaurant.

On the path between Baie Laraie and Anse St.José there is the Seychelles' longest boardwalk through a mangrove forest, where one will see the indigenous Red Mangrove, thousands of sea snails, maybe a Mangrove Crab or a Seychelles Skink or some other creature. If enough time is given one has the opportunity to branch off to the Anse Badamier Nature Trail. Everywhere there information boards.
Written October 20, 2022
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eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
Singapore, Singapore774 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Curieuse Island is about 20 minutes by boat from Praslin. There are many big turtles roaming freely on the island. There is an hour easy trails from the beach we alighted to another part of island where we departed. There are some stunning rock formations along the beach. Be careful of sandflies!
Written February 22, 2023
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Aditya Barkataky
Mumbai, India16 contributions
Apr 2021
The boat ride to the island was a very nice 15 min ride. Played around with the tortoises for an hour or so. Did not do the trail (as it was crazy humid). We also snorkelled at St pierre island and it was one of the most amazing and enthralling experiences of our entire trip.
Written April 23, 2021
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,951 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We visited as part of the three Island boat excursion with Saggitarius. Highly recommended trip from Praslin. Especially enjoyed interacting with the many giant tortoises. The one mile walk through the mangrove swamp was also really nice, as was the BBQ lunch that was provided here. Nice beach for relaxation and a swim where you rejoin the boat.
Written March 22, 2023
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