The boat trip to Ile aux Aigrettes departs from Pointe Jerome (near Mahebourg) and operates on a daily basis. Ile aux Aigrettes is a tiny coral island (25 hectares) just off the coast of the town of Mahebourg. which has been declared a nature conservation site and is being preserved today by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.
The tour on Ile aux Aigrettes takes about one and a half hours with an additional 20 minutes for the round-trip 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 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., where 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 the breathtaking 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 at Ile aux Aigrettes, you will travel by motorboat back to Pointe Jerome.