Ile Aux Aigrettes Island - Visit & Tour
|Operating Hours||09:00 - 16:30|
|Operating Days||All Days|
|Duration||1 hrs 30 mins|
|Transportation||Offered as Supplement|
|Comment||This package is not offered on 25th Dec, 01st & 02nd Jan|
Visit & Tour of Ile Aux Aigrettes Island - Overview
Enjoy a visit and a 1.5 hours tour of the animal sanctuary of Ile aux Aigrettes Island.
Escape to a little sanctuary for animal and nature lovers. Embark on a boat trip in the lagoon and land one a haven for endemic species in Mauritius. The island has been declared a nature conservation site and today is being preserved by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.
Highlights of this site:
- Enjoy a boat trip in the lagoon
- Visit an islet belonging to Mauritius
- Get to see breath-taking scenery of the South East of Mauritius
- Get a glimpse of the early natural history of Mauritius
- See the rare Pink pigeon, the Mauritius Kestrel, endangered skinks and giant tortoises
- Learn about the multiple conservation programmes done on the island for endangered species
The Visit & Tour of Ile Aux Aigrettes Island includes:
- 1 hour 30 mins tour
- Boat trip from Pointe Jerome to Ile aux Aigrettes Island
- Entrance to the island reserve
- Guided tour of the island
- Discover the fauna and flora unique to Mauritius
- Breath-taking scenery of the South East of Mauritius
- Access to the gift shop at the Visitors’ Centre
Transport is available for an additional supplement and will include pick up and drop off from any hotel / place of accommodation in Mauritius.
You can choose from a selection of vehicles types:
All drivers speak fluent English and French (Upon special request we can organize drivers who speak additional languages). The drivers, citizens of Mauritius, will be happy to provide you with information about Mauritius and each of its sights.
All drivers are very professional, time efficient and friendly. There is high emphasis on being always on time and providing reliable devoted service to customers.
Pointe Jerome, South East Region
|Monday – Saturday:||09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 13:30, 14:00|
|Visit of Ile Aux Aigrettes:||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Transfer to and from Ile Aux Aigrettes:||10 minutes per trip|
|Operational Days:||Everyday, except 25th Dec, 01st & 02nd Jan|
Visit & Tour of Ile Aux Aigrettes Island
The boat trip to Ile aux Aigrettes departs from Pointe Jerome. The tour on Ile aux Aigrettes takes about one and half hours, with an additional 10 minutes each way for the boat trip.
As part of this tour, you will discover Ile aux Aigrettes and enjoy indigenous Mauritian nature with an expert guide alongside you to lead the way. You will discover plants and animals, unique to Mauritius and found nowhere else in the world. Some of them have come close to extinction like the pink pigeon, a bird that was in danger of extinction for many years.
You will also visit the indigenous plant nursery. There you should look out for the rare pink pigeon, the Mauritius Kestrel, endangered skinks and of course, the giant tortoises.
When visiting Ile aux Aigrettes you will get to see breath-taking scenery of the South East of Mauritius, and will be given a glimpse of the early history of Mauritius.
You will also get to see beautiful trees with strange names like Ox wood, Pipe wood, Rat wood and Bottle palm. There is also the chance to see a rare orchid in full bloom.
At the end of the tour, you will get to purchase souvenirs at the gift shop at the Visitors’ Centre.
All revenues from the tour on the islands and from the gift shop are reinvested in the restoration and preservation of Ile aux Aigrettes.
Following the tour to Ile aux Aigrettes, you will travel by motor boat back to Pointe Jerome.
More information about Ile aux Aigrettes
Ile Aux Aigrettes is an internationally important conservation site that was declared a Nature Reserve in 1965. Ile aux Aigrettes got its name from a colony of Egrets, which inhabited the island during the 1600’s. Egrets are graceful white fishing birds with long legs.
Some of the plants found in Ile aux Aigrettes grow nowhere else in the world and they form the last remnant of a coastal forest that once surrounded much of Mauritius. 18 Mauritian plant species which grow on the island are classified as endangered or very rare.
Ile aux Aigrettes - Island’s history
During the Second World War Ile aux Aigrettes was used by the British as a military base and at this time much of the native forest was cleared.
There are some remains of over twenty buildings on the island which date from this period. Following this period Ile aux Aigrettes was privately leased and was used for the breeding of goats.
In 1985 the Mauritian Wildlife Appeal Fund (MWAF) established a habitat rehabilitation and management project on Ile aux Aigrettes to restore the vegetation and fauna of the island to its original state. MWAF continues the restoration while offering the public to visit the island and enjoy this unique place of original Mauritian nature.
Towel (in case you get wet)
|Ile Aux Aigrettes Island - Visit & Tour|
|Price per Adult||22 Euros|
|Price per Child (4-12)||12 Euros|
Our Guide was Well experienced and answered questions professionaly