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“Giant tortoises and plenty of crabs” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Curieuse Island

Curieuse Island
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Owner description: This island is strictly protected to allow Giant tortoises to prosper.
The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Giant tortoises and plenty of crabs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

Curieuse is a good half-day trip excursion, usually combined with great snorkeling around the islet of St. Pierre, only 15 minutes away from Praslin (from the beach Cote d'Or) with a small motor boat.

Usually the boats arrive at the bay where most tortoises are as well as the ranger base and some baby tortoises. From there, there are two routes: most people follow (or have to follow in order to meet their group for the barbecue) an 1-hour walk towards the house of the lepers' doctor.

I found this walk very scenic. It could take less time if you walk fast but if you take it easy, you will start noticing many kinds of different crabs, sea shells and tropical vegetation. There are some informative signs along the path which are a bit difficult to read as they have faded out by the sunlight, but it's better than nothing. This path is well maintained and very easy to cross. At the end you reach the beach (St. Jose is the name, if I remember well) where the house of the lepers' doctor is located. The house is also worth visiting as there is an exhibition with information about leprosy. As for the beach in this bay, it is sandy but nothing great for snorkeling. For the latter, though, St. Pierre is exceptional...

We didn't try the second path at the other side of the island as it is not very well preserved and seemed difficult to cross.

Whether you decide to take a taxi-boat or a combo-trip to Curieuse and St. Pierre, do some research as you will see that there is a lot of variation in the prices!

Visited August 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Sometimes the journey travelled is much beautiful than the destination reached…..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Curieuse Island is worth the visit to enjoy photography with free moving giant tortoise. The crossing up to the island is very scenic. The stop for snorkeling is impressive. You may get to shoot all postcard pictures with your own skills.
The hues of the water, landscape gives a spectacular view. Everything including the BBQ lunch was perfect.
On the island we felt its nothing much to do but it’s an island… to be visited 

Visited August 2013
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Chessington, United Kingdom
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“Interesting island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We stopped here as part of a boat trip. We arrived on a beach which is home to giant tortoises who are tame enough for you to approach and stroke! We then went on a walk through the mangrove trees to another beach which is home to the doctor's house when the island was a leper colony. Very interesting history with beautiful beaches to boot. Highly recommend a visit either independently via water taxi or as part of a day trip.

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“BBQ with turtles”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

We went to this island after been in cousin island in a package. We went to the beach with giant turtles for having the fish/chicken BBQ. Apart for the barbacue that is was incredible (we tried barracuda and it was really tasty), you are all the time surrounded by big wild turtles (aldabra turtle) and you can stay arround feeding them (they love, like simpson tomaco, the bananas, I have bought a few before to go to the island) and caress them like a dog, it was a nice experience. Apart from the turtles there a mini trek (30') inside the manglar to the principal beach, nothing really beatiful or interesting. The only thing I've liked was the experience with turtles.

Visited August 2013
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Apeldoorn, Gelderland, Netherlands
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“Beautifull beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

We travelled to the island on a day trip. The turtoises are nice to see, but after 30 mins you have seen it all. The walk to the beach goes up and down over a hill, bit, through mangrove, and the track is not well paved. Do not try bare feet! The beach is beautifull

Visited May 2013
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