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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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Mahebourg Bay lagoon, Mahebourg, Mauritius 00230
+230 631 2396
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a private guide for this amazing place in advance of our trip and looked forward to it for a long time. We were not disappointed! The short speedboat ride over to the island allows you to see fish and coral in the crystal...More

Thank P4lin
Reviewed 1 week ago

You need to take the guided tour, you need to register in the house on the street, there are english of french guided tours. Wait to the marked time to go to the boat, which takes a few minutes to cross the bay to Ile...More

Thank EgyptAndSummer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a special island. I don't mind paying for something that is doing good. This island and the works of the NGO are incredible. we loved seeing the Tortoise and various birds and Skinks

Thank Joeavison
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

After a short boat trip of around 10 min we landed on the island. Only to be visited after reservation (online) and with a guide. After the intro we walked around for around an hour. Higlights the close encounter with 4 turtles of the 25...More

Thank Arie E
Reviewed 13 August 2017

One of several islands off the coast of Mauritius that are dedicated to nature conservation. This island is a wonderful example of how a group of dedicated people can transform an island that had been devastated by the invasion of non-native flora and fauna (rats!)...More

Thank steamfan007
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

I am not a nature geek, but knew I would like to see the giant tortoises (I love them!) in natural surroundings, so signed up for a trip to Ile aux Aigrettes. I came without any expectations really, and was positively surprised. Our guide on...More

1  Thank Mette P
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Start from a beautiful bay with amazing views, then you see endemic flora and fauna species as you walk through the island. Also, the price is very attractive - 20 eur for boat transport and 2 hour guided tour. Definitely worth its price.

Thank AgnieszkaMMM
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We pulled in to a tiny beach in a tiny bay. Saw a few birds that happened to be extrovert and wanted to look at us and a star fish. Not overly impressed.

Thank Susan K
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