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Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve

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Mahebourg Bay lagoon, Mahebourg, Mauritius 00230
+230 631 2396
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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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“big daddy” (21 reviews)
“olive white eye” (18 reviews)
“pink pigeon” (42 reviews)
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Mahebourg Bay lagoon, Mahebourg, Mauritius 00230
+230 631 2396
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place, it’s so green and you get to see so many species, especially the Geckos🦎, the tortoise, the variety of birds and all the plants that are found there. They are so well preserved and conserved. 👌🏻 & The guides are very...More

Thank Yashwina R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit, as the work they're doing to restore this lityle Island, is so interesting. They are working hard to restore the plants & wildlife, to what it was 400 yrs ago, minus the Dodo! We had an english guide, who'd retired and...More

1  Thank Dani S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss the opportunity to visit Ile aux Aigrettes - it is a very well managed island nature reserve, and the team there have achieved great things in pulling several species back from the brink of extinction, as well as continuing the labour intensive reforestation...More

1  Thank Lesleyfish
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

We loved this beautiful nature reserve. We were lucky enough to see all of the rare and beautiful wildlife the island has to offer: Skink, giant tortoises, pink pigeon, Rody and Olive Eye. Clearly, it's not a zoo and sightings of any - let alone...More

Thank AbbyRichardson22
Reviewed 14 October 2017

Many people, with a far better knowledge of wildlife, ecology and conservation than me, have covered the treasures and virtues to be found in this remarkable little island on Trip Advisor and all seem to agree it's a must for nature enthusiasts. I ask you...More

Thank DKCChertsey
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Booked an hr guide through the hotel and took their speedboat to the island. I love tortoises so what a great opportunity to see Big Daddy just as we stepped onto the island. Also got close up and massaged Mr Zoeburger & saw a two...More

Thank Getaweigh
Reviewed 30 September 2017

Enjoyed our visit to this reserve. The guide was wonderfull friendly and very informative. Loved the feeding if the bats, seeing the pink pidgeons and of course the trees and the turtles.

Thank Bernie B
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Monday 25th September this was a quick stop at the Island during our Aqua Soleil Tour of the Lagoon and Mahebourg Bay, this was booked through the Thomson Rep at our Hotel RIU Le Monde. This small coral island has been designated as a nature...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

This is a nature reserve with heaps of information and a great way to discover mauritius. We got on the boat with the guide 'Stacey', who was fantastic and was full of useful information too. We were lucky to see the giant tortise who was...More

Thank Vikash S
Reviewed 13 September 2017

What a fantastic tour of an amazing island, by our guide Rose, who was so accommodating, answering our many questions. We were so lucky.arrived at 9.00 at the little hut opposite preskil hotel we were told we could probably get a boat at 10.30 ethics...More

Thank spiggy5
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