Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve

Nature Trail

Travel to Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve – Refuge of Aldabra Giant Tortoise

Owing to the remarkable work accomplished by the Mauritius Wildlife Fund, the island has become an international standard for the protection of natural resources and endangered species. A few of the world’s rarest birds, including the kestrel, can be seen there. Travellers can also discover the extremely rare Pink Pigeon, the Green Gecko Phelsuma and the Aldabra giant tortoise.

The island is a Nature Reserve covering some 800 square metres. Sparkling waters in a beautiful lagoon, the dense green canopy of the forest and ruins of an old French lime kiln on the island all add to its immense appeal.

The island has a visitor centre and a gift shop.

Visitors to the island have to take a guided tour which will take them along a one and a half hour trail. See rare endemic species of Mauritian flora and fauna, including the Aldabran Giant Tortoise, the Telfair’s Skink and possibly the Mauritius Kestrel – the only bird of prey of Mauritius that has been saved from extinction.

Departure times from the mainland are currently 0930, 1000 7 days a week plus 1030, 1330 and 1400 Monday to Friday, and 1330 on a Saturday.

  • Opportunity to come face to face with an Aldabran Giant Tortoise
  • Experience an island nature reserve set in beautiful clear Indian Ocean waters


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