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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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