Ile Aux Aigrettes Island - Visit & Tour
Visit and Tour of Ile Aux Aigrettes Island
- A 1 hour 30 minute tour of the island
- Boat trip from Pointe Jerome to Ile aux Aigrettes Island (takes about 10 minutes)
- Entrance to the island reserve
- Discovery of plants and animals, unique to Mauritius and found nowhere else in the world
- Visit the indigenous plant nursery
Monday - Saturday: 09:30| 10:00| 10:30| 13:30| 14:00
Sunday: 09:30| 10:00
1 hour 30 minutes
From Pointe Jerome (near Mahebourg)
Conditions & Additional info
Visit & Tour is suitable for any age.
Ile Aux Aigrettes Island - Visit & Tour Description
Enjoy a visit and a 1.5 hours tour of the animal sanctuary 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 original Mauritian nature with an expert guide alongside leading the way. 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 preservations 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 a tiny coral island (25 hectares) just off the coast of the town of Mahebourg. It 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.
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.
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. 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.