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Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve

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Address: Mahebourg Bay lagoon, Mauritius
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This small island, declared a nature reserve, is located off the southeast...

This small island, declared a nature reserve, is located off the southeast cost of Mauritius in the Mahebourg Bay lagoon.


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Full-Day 4 Peninsulas Speed Boat Tour from Pointe Jerome

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great guide and tortoises in all sizes

We visited this island and had a great time. The guide was British, very informative, funny and passionate about this project of preserving species - both plants and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Ditte M
Bronshoej, Denmark
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Bronshoej, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited this island and had a great time. The guide was British, very informative, funny and passionate about this project of preserving species - both plants and animals. This was our first encounter with tortoises both very huge and very very small. A great tour that we will definitely recommend to all - bring cash - we were very... More 

Thank Ditte M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worthwhile trip to make to see the rare pink pigeon, skinks and Fodis. Well operated tour. Unless you are a botanist the shorter visit is enough ie 1.5-2 hrs. Good to see what Mauritius would have looked like before humans got there.

Thank Marcborl
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

This island is by guides tour only so make sure you book. The island is hotter than the mainland so make sure you bring plenty of fluid with you. The path is quite uneven so make sure you have proper footwear. As a nature lover, I enjoy the guided tour very much and good to see the conservation program. It... More 

Thank Fussy P
Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

The speed boat trip to the island takes about 5m of fun and great scenic views of the coral island, mahebourg and the highlands. Upon arriving to the island, we've been taken to see the tortoise nurseries and then we're briefed about the island, the nature reserve and its flora and fauna. We've met Big Daddy (Aldabra tortoise with 100... More 

Thank Alexandre J
Acton, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

This was going to be a highlight of our visit to Mauritius. We were supposed to be on this beautiful island for two hours. Instead the local guide whisked us around for thirty minutes. We did not even get a a chance to look around and were rushed off the island without even a second look at the one giant... More 

Thank MikeBirdman
Christchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

I suspect some reviewers thought they were promised heaps of wildlife but that's not the point here. The Mauritius Government is keen to reverse some of the floral and wildlife damage caused by Man and here they show off their limited - but important - successes. We were fascinated by the tortoises including the hundreds of babies in the nursery.... More 

Thank IanandGilly
Antananarivo, Madagascar
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I had been here two years ago and loved it, with great views of rare species like Mauritius Fody and some worthwhile conservation initiatives going, and an informative visitor centre with some wonderful bronze statues of Dodo, the extinct ibis etc. This year we got rushed around in a very offhand manner, on and off the island in 45 minutes,... More 

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

We were lucky enough to be able to get a VIP tour of Ile aux Aigrettes and it really was wonderful. Check in at the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation hut on the coast road at Pointe D'Esny, just down the coast from Mahebourg towards Blue Bay. You get the speed boat from the waters edge and within 5 minutes you are... More 

1 Thank RichardEllis70
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

A short journey over to the island and a personal guide made this a perfect chance to see some rare wildlife in natural surroundings. Our guide Richard was very knowledgeable and ensured we saw a whole range of fauna and fauna. Several sleepy tortoise, Pink Pigeon and Skinks to name a few. Walking is involved but on the whole it... More 

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Romford Essex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Lovely short boat trip to a tiny island to see the legendary pink parrot, the giant tortoise and other rare specias. The is a small gift shop too

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