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Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve

Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve

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Ile aux Aigrettes, a small islet bathed in vivid colors of the magnificent lagoon of the East coast welcomes you! Transported out of time, away from the hustle and bustle of modern times, you will discover the magical essence of the place. This little gem is home to the last remnants of an ecosystem that was once abundant on the coastal regions of Mauritius but almost lost to us today.  

 

Since 1985, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation has been intensely restoring Ile aux Aigrettes by weeding out introduced plants and reintroducing endemic plants, birds and reptiles that used to be part of its native flora and fauna. The aim is to restore the forest to what it was like around 400 years ago.
 


  • ​​​​Experience: 
    Guided tour on Ile Aux Aigrettes with a knowledgeable ranger who will share facts and stories with you. Unique opportunity to discover the natural flora and fauna, including rare species such as the Pink Pigeon (a distant cousin of the Dodo), the rare Olive-White Eye, and Mauritius Fody flying from branch to branch, the lively Ornate Day Geckos, and the endangered Mauritius Fruit Bat, amongst others. Encounter with the free-roaming Aldabra Giant Tortoises, which have been reintroduced as close relatives to the lost native tortoises and visit of museum visit & souvenir shop. 

The tour fee will directly go to support the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation to continue their conservation projects at Ile aux Aigrettes and others.
 

  • Price description and maximum participants: 
    Adult 20 Euro per. person. 
    Child 10 Euro per. person. (under 12 years)
    Maximum. 16 participants. 
     
  • Included in the price:
    Guided tour on Ile Aux Aigrettes. 
     
  • Opening days for activity:
    Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 
     
  • Start time, end time and duration: 

    Flexible start time. Approx 6 hours. 

     

  • Location and/or meeting point/finishing point:
    Mahebourg, South. Meeting at Pointe Jerome and cruise to Ile aux Aigrettes. 
     
  • To bring:
    Good walking shoes, mosquito repellant, hat, water, and sunscreen.

     

  • Minimum age and/or requirements for kids:
    All ages are welcome. 
     
  • Transport to location:
    Not included. 
     
  • Reservation policy:

    Booking 24 hours in advance.
     

  • Cancellation Policy:
    No refunds on cancellation.  

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  • 5
    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  • Another World
As keen conservationists, this was at the top of our list of places we wanted to visit, and it did not disappoint. The island is amazing and it's brilliant to see the tortoises roaming freely as well as the other species they have there. We saw the Pink Pigeon, Mauritius Fody, Telfar Skink, fruit bats, geckos and lots of interesting plant species. Our guide was lovely and certainly knew her stuff and it made for an incredibly enjoyable day. Well worth the money which goes towards the conservation efforts. Be warned that because it is a coral island, it's a good few degrees hotter than on the mainland! Would definitely recommend!

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