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Bird Island, Seychelles

Bird Island Seychelles
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Bird Island is your gateway to the most unique private nature reserve and bird sanctuary in the Seychelles. We offer a blend of local hospitality, relaxation and simplicity in a natural environment. A 30 minute flight from Mahe by light aircraft gives the first stunning impressions of this private 101 hectare coral cay. Five kilometres in circumference, the east and south sides are surrounded by a protective barrier reef which is home to many varieties of colourful tropical fish and the rest is an open beach which offers superb swimming opportunities. The island features only a handful of self-catering villas, along with a shop and restaurant to cater to guest's needs.
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Property amenities
Free internet
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Walking tours
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Seating area
Separate dining area
Coffee / tea maker
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Wardrobe / closet
Private bathrooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French


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Graham C wrote a review Dec 2020
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Firstly, We met a couple who'd been to the island for 25 consecutive years, we were there in November 2018. It can't be described fairly without having been there. It's basic as advertised, but huge turtles roam the Island, the birds nest outside your chalet doorstep as there are no rodent predators. It's a minute from the beach and if you meet anyone it's most unlikely. We saw a few turtles in the water but they were disturbed so went back out to sea. At night there were thousands of small crabs coming up onto the beach, it was amazing and has to be seen to appreciate. I'd recommend it but you won't ever be satisfied with anywhere else in the world!!! If you would like to ask for any more info ( Graham on 07785 527201 )
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Date of stay: December 2020
Response from Bird Island Lodge, Other at Bird Island, Seychelles
Responded Jan 18, 2021
Dear Sir, Thank you for your kind review. We are so pleased that you appreciate Bird Island so much. We hope to welcome you to our shores again! Best Regards, The Bird Island Team
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kevgy wrote a review Apr 2020
Somerset203 contributions104 helpful votes
After our short visit 16 years ago, we always said we would return again to the magic of Bird Island, this time for a full week. Nothing has changed. If anything, it’s got better with many more birds than before. Here, humans are guests of the birds. And the birds are very close. Tropic birds nest between the roots of the larger trees. The chalet provided a very spacious bed-sitting room plus toilet and separate shower wet room. It’s more like up-market glamping than a hotel. No glass in the windows, just shutters. “Air Con” is the sea breeze through slats in the window shutters. Digital safe, no TV, thermos jug for drinking water – take it to reception for a refill at meal times. Resident gecko or two – you have to like nature to stay here. Darryl’s interesting island nature talk is to be recommended. Tip: take some clothes pegs to clip together the corners of the mosquito net around the 4-poster bed. And take a torch to find your way to evening dinner, avoiding the land crabs that come out at night. Meals provide a limited but reasonable selection of wholesome dishes from basic ingredients (remember everything has to be shipped in). There’s something for all but the most pernickety (no “fast food”). Personally, we enjoyed the cooking (thanks Chef). Breakfast is a limited selection of dishes plus eggs cooked as required. Lunch and Dinner: a soup dish, salad and/or vegetable dishes and usually a choice of chicken or fish dishes. Afternoon tea in the bar was a welcome addition since our previous stay. Electrics: UK-style 13A square pin 240v; no shaver point. Power 24 hours/day by generator. Wifi: free around reception and restaurant; internet fairly slow but usable.
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Date of stay: September 2019
Room Tip: Rooms 21-26 to hear the spooky sound of shearwaters returning at night; 26 is best.
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Response from Bird Island L, Bird Island Lodge Representative at Bird Island, Seychelles
Responded Apr 23, 2020
Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for your review. We are very pleased that you visited us once again and enjoyed your stay just as much, if not more, than your first stay. We are still the same simple lodge with the focus being on nature. We are glad that you appreciated what we had to offer and hope to welcome you back again one day. Once again thank you! Best regards, The Bird Island Team
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Keith M wrote a review Mar 2020
Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom133 contributions64 helpful votes
We visited here as a couple in February of this year and had the most amazing time........the Island is exceptional. From giant Aldabra tortoises, radiated tortoises, myriad of birds, fish, turtles, skinks, geckos, land snails.......plus deserted beaches, stunning sunsets, clear views of the Milky Way and great hospitality from the owners and staff, this place has something for everyone. The accommodation is basic, but more than adequate, and is as close to nature as you can get.......the noise from the birds can be constantly heard throughout the day and night and they can even enter your chalet; tortoises can also appear outside your door........awesome. Food was offered on a full board basis and was generally very good, with the main meals mostly based around fish, chicken, rice and lentils, with eggs and fruit at breakfast. There was always plenty to go around, though after 7 nights on the Island (the maximum you are allowed to stay) it does get a little repetitive. Staff were attentive and friendly, as were the owners........help and advice was always on hand, and guided nature walks were also offered to guests.......just ask !!!! Complimentary snorkel equipment, kayaks and beach towels were also available. One thing to note if visiting Bird Island is that the flights to/from the island can be delayed or even cancelled due to inclement weather (our flight from the island was delayed by about 5 hours)..........therefore it is wise to book a couple of days in Mahe either side of your Bird Island visit just in case, Im glad we did !!!!! As you would expect, a visit to Bird Island doesn't come cheap. For me the slightly surprising aspect was that if you stayed more than 4 nights, then the daily rate went up by €33 for EVERY night of your stay, not just the additional ones......... One slight disappointment was the quality of the snorkelling due to the masses of floating sea grass in the water; this was also washed up around the island in large quantities, with one guest saying it was due to recent storms as the beaches had been spotless only a couple of months earlier. There were also branches and small parts of trees washed up all around the island which did visually impact on what were normally clean, powdery white sandy beaches..........obviously there is nothing the owners could do about this, welcome to Mother Nature. All in all this was a truly fantastic visit and I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to be close to nature or just seeking a little bit of solitude, without the feeling of being totally isolated. A huge thank you to all the Bird Island team for sharing your Island with us - you have your own little piece of paradise and work very hard to maintain it. ps: there are mosquitoes on the Island so don't forget your insect repellent !!!!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Bird Island L, Bird Island Lodge Representative at Bird Island, Seychelles
Responded Mar 23, 2020
Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for your review. We very much appreciate your feedback! We are pleased that you enjoyed the natural aspect of the island as well as the lodge itself and our staff. We definitely have had some very unusual weather which does explain the poor visibility you would have experienced while snorkeling as this is normally a good time for exploring the waters. Once again, thank you for your comments. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future! Best Regards, The Bird Island Team
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foodies303 wrote a review Mar 2020
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom38 contributions56 helpful votes
We spent five wonderful days on Bird . I read reviews before we went so was not expecting five star luxury. Instead on offer is five star beauty . I spent my birthday on the island and had the treat of a life time when we saw a turtle dig the hole to bury her eggs , cover them and then she slowly returned to the ocean , The chalets are spacious and clean , the bed was very comfortable . The fact that there are no locks on the door didn’t bother us at all . The smiling staff are amazing , the meals are cooked with love and there is plenty of choice . We shall return to once again meander along the beach , swim and snorkel in the ocean , above all to admire the birds and sun sets .
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Date of stay: March 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from Bird Island L, Bird Island Lodge Representative at Bird Island, Seychelles
Responded Mar 19, 2020
Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased that you had a wonderful stay with us and look forward to welcoming you again the future. Best Regards, The Bird Island Team
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Lucy H wrote a review Mar 2020
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Just returned to Mahé after a lovely weekend away! Everything was brilliant! We really enjoyed walking around the island and seeing and hearing all the bird nesting, tortoises roaming and even a couple of small black tip sharks swimming by! The food was excellent with plenty of choice each day including plenty of vegetarian options! The room was great and very comfortable. Thank you to all the staff we met everyone was extremely polite and helpful. Can’t recommend this island enough - we want to come back already!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Bird Island L, Bird Island Lodge Representative at Bird Island, Seychelles
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Dear Madam, Thank you for your review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back! Best Regards, The Bird Island Team
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bird Island, Seychelles
What are some of the property amenities at Bird Island, Seychelles?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free internet access, and baggage storage.
Which room amenities are available at Bird Island, Seychelles?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a desk, and an oven.
What food & drink options are available at Bird Island, Seychelles?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bird Island, Seychelles?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.