Take a trip to the nature reserve of Ile aux Aigrettes for a delightful moment of relaxation and exploration. After a short boat trip over crystal clear waters, you will set foot on this little island, which is preserved from human activity
A nature conservation site since 1965, the island is preserved by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF). The foundation has put impressive efforts to restore the original forest and reintroduce rare species like the aldabra giant tortoise and birds such as the Mauritius Fody and the Pink Pigeon.
Free from human presence, the coral island is a true natural museum which showcases an ecosystem which can be found nowhere else in the world. It hosts a nursery use to propagate rare plants like the Yellowwood. Departure for the island starts at Pointe Jerome. It will take you only 10 minutes by boat to reach the island. From the jetty, you will start a 1.5 hour to two hour walking trail. On your way, do not miss the chance to note the various wood and plant species such as the bois boeuf, ebony and the Oniella-polystachys.
At the end of your visit, you will be able to rediscover some of the extinct species of the Mascarene Islands in our museum, in the form of impressive life-size bronzes and paintings. You may already have encountered some of the bronzes positioned around the island.
Visit Ile aux Aigrettes on one of our guided tours and travel back in time to discover what Mauritius would have looked like over 400 years ago, before the arrival of man and his devastating impact on the environment.
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
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