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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
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+230 631 2396
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"big daddy"
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"olive white eye"
in 19 reviews
"pink pigeon"
in 46 reviews
"flora and fauna"
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"giant tortoises"
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"guided tour"
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"conservation work"
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"fruit bats"
in 15 reviews
"endangered species"
in 7 reviews
"coral island"
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"roaming free"
in 4 reviews
"a short boat ride"
in 9 reviews
"insect repellent"
in 10 reviews
"blue bay"
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"preskil hotel"
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"charming guide"
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"degrees hotter"
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Reviewed yesterday

Overall we had a great experience, the tour took exactly the right amount of time, the guide was very sympathetic and knowledgable and the work you do there is admirable. I was overwhelmed by all the animals I met on the island, the big tortoises...More

Thank Monca77
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful visit, they do a lot for the environment and endangered species. Please consider the environmental health of our island and support them. The tour was great, very informative. Our guide was fantastic and adorable. We befriended some tortoises.

Thank reenar219
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Ile Aux Aigrett... N, Director of Sales at Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an amazing visit to this beautiful island which has been restored with Mauritian flora and fauna. We saw all the protected species like the pink pigeon, Fody and olive white eyes. I really loved seeing the giant tortoises roaming free. Our guide Rose...More

Thank Jenny_Indigo
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Ile Aux Aigrett... N, Director of Sales at Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Dear Jenny, Thank you, hope to see you soon

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A short boat ride in crystal clear water takes you to the island. Loved the guide, the tortoises, the birds... You learn a lot here. If you're on Mauritius as a nature lover, you can't miss this. Don't forget to make a donation to the...More

Thank Shannaopweg
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Ile Aux Aigrett... N, Director of Sales at Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Ile Aux Aigrettes, it was extremely relaxed yet highly informative and interesting. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly

Thank sianny22018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The work undertaken by the MWF and its team is remarkable. Congratulations to all for having restored this little piece of paradise on Earth and for the excellent guided tour. A must see

Thank Catamarancruises
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Ile Aux Aigrett... N, Director of Sales at Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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Reviewed 10 May 2018

This is a small trip (< 100m) by boat the island from Point Jerome - check when booking abut the language the tour will be conducted. Note: You must be taken guided - there is no option. Our guide (Stacey) was brilliant, took on a...More

Thank MikeFo
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We book the excursion just bye the pier in the official office, the guide was great and she walked us through this amazing place full of nature an animal, we were able to see the giant turtles and many other animals highly recommended!!

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

I attended a tour of the island with a school group of 18 university students. All of us enjoyed the tour of the island immensely. The guides were genuinely passionate about the conservation efforts and very informative. The wildlife was abundant and pointed out. The...More

1  Thank NanAnnMann
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Ile Aux Aigrett... N, Public Relations Manager at Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Thank you very much for your positive review. we hope to see again in the near future.

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

We had an absolutely wonderful experience with guide Melanie and saw several giant tortoises as well as the pink pigeon. It was absolutely child friendly for our 3 year old and an ecologically educational experience as well. Definitely recommend.

Thank Anna S
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