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Review of Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve

Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve
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Mahebourg Guided Day Tour
Ranked #29 of 194 things to do in Mauritius
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Ile aux Aigrettes is a small (27 ha) island situated in the Mahebourg Bay, about 850 m off the south-east coast of Mauritius. Unlike the mainland which is of volcanic origin, Ile aux Aigrettes is made up of coralline limestone. It is home to the last remnants of dry coastal forest, once found around most of Mauritius. Like the mainland, Ile aux Aigrettes was affected by tree logging and land clearance, and the introduction of exotic animal and plant species almost destroyed the native fauna and flora. In 1965 the island was declared a nature reserve and our intense conservation efforts have resulted in the restoration of the forest and reintroduction of rare species that had long since disappeared from the island.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A brilliant nature reserve!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2013

For anyone interested in wildlife this is a must! This small island is an ark for Mauritian wildlife and has some of the rarest species in the world being bred here to try to save them from extinction. We saw the Pink Pigeon, Olive White-eye, Mauritius fody, Ornate day - gekko and Telfair skink all in one visit - and took many photos! They also breed the native Fruit bats and Aldabra Giant tortoises, as well as having a native tree nursery.

We paid extra for an extended visit and it was well worth it, we not only saw all the rare species, but met and talked to Crystal who is charge of the White-eye programme and knows every one on the island individually by name!

A standard trip (1.5 hours) costs 800 rupees (£16)each but we stayed 2 and a half hours for £30 each and had a personal guide just for the 2 of us to find and show us all the key species. This money goes to the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation to support their excellent work on this and other reserves in Mauritius.Email them well in advance of your visit if you wish to book the extended tour as they have to have a guide and an expert available for you. Email is reservation@mauritian-wildlife.org

The terrain is flat with good footpaths and is a 10 minutes boat trip (included) from the kiosk on the mainland. There is a (basic) toilet block on the island but no other facilities - the island is for the wildlife!

Visited July 2013
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“Enjoyable And Educational Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

Visited Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve in June. The island has been declared a nature conservation site and today is being preserved by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. The tour on Ile aux Aigrettes takes about one and half hours with a guide and takes 10 minutes each way for the boat trip. We were lucky enough to see the Pink Pigeon, the Aldabran Giant Tortoise, the Telfair’s Skink. Look out for Big Daddy. A very enjoyable trip and the fee goes to a very good cause.

Visited June 2013
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“Historic Mauritian Wildlife Preserved and Protected”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

The island is a nature reserve with limited public access. Many of the plants and animals here are rare elsewhere in Mauritius and it is great to see the efforts the Mauritian Wildlfie Foundation are making to preserve and protect this wildlife. Fascinating walk around the island but visitors should note there are no proper paths and good stout walking shoes are highly recommended. There are toilets and a shop on the island. Definitely no wheelchair access.

Visited June 2013
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“Really enjoyable, interesting and helps with conservation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

They are creating a little piece of Mauritian paradise here. The plants and wildlife have been re-introduced and are free to roam over the island. There are lots of giant tortoise just walking, most commonly lazing around. You can interact with them under the instruction of your guide. Ours was very good, explaining the ways that nature adapts and overcomes. There are skinks and geckos and we got to see the olive white eyes and pink pigeons. The island is beautiful. And if you want there is a gift shop, whose staff were very helpful. Tip- wear insect repellent.
We booked through hotel Preskil, which is just next door, but there is a tour hut opposite the port.

Visited June 2013
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“Conservation island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

Its a tiny haven for the native species. A great little island to visit, real eye opener. Sad to see so many species of animals and plants under threat of extinction at least some effort is made to protect them on the island. Beautiful location and great guides.

Visited October 2012
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