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Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve

#28 of 204 things to do in Mauritius Features Animals
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
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Mette P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An exciting speedboat ride through the lagoon brought us to the island. Met by a guide who gave an hours tour. Saw some rare species and felt priveleged to have visited.

Thank 974jor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my favourite thing to do in Mauritius! It's a beautiful, unspoilt and well kept reserve and the information given during the guided tour is excellent. I learnt a lot out the plants and animals endemic to Mauritius. We were lucky to see tortoises,...More

Thank Katy B
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We had a fabulous time out on the Nature reserve. Our guide was friendly, informative and helpful. We saw tortoises roaming freely, the pink pigeons and Mauritian Fody. There were baby tortoises and fruit bats in the nursery. Our four children managed the walking no...More

Thank Aimsandbren
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed the visit with excellent commentary on the varied flora and fauna. The guides were very knowledgeable and quick to spot birds of many species.

Thank Joan F
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

We booked our tour in advance and were taken onto the island by boat (10mins away). Our tour lasted for a couple of hours in total. In that time we were led round by a very knowledgeable guide who showed us lots of the rare...More

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