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Wildlife of Seychelles: Bird Island + Praslin


HRQ7S
7 NIGHTS
FROM £1,997
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Bird Island Seychelles Sooty Tern Colony Praslin Birding Holiday

This holiday offers the amazing opportunity to visit Bird Island in the Seychelles, a pristine coral island north of Mahe that is home to many nesting sea birds & where giant tortoises roam free. From May to October a colony of over 1 million sooty terns nest & lay their eggs here - an astonishing sight. Then fly to Praslin Island, home of the Coco de Mer palm & rare black parrot. All transfers & light aircraft included.  

Bird Island Seychelles Sooty Tern Colony Praslin Birding Holiday
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Bird Island Seychelles
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Giant Tortoises
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Snorkelling & Kayaking
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Sooty Tern Colony
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Praslin Island
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Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve
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Anse Lazio Beach
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Island Hopping
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Cousin & Curieuse Islands
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St Pierre Island
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Bird Island Seychelles
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Giant Tortoises
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Snorkelling & Kayaking
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Sooty Tern Colony
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Praslin Island
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Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve
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Anse Lazio Beach
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Island Hopping
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Cousin & Curieuse Islands
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St Pierre Island
Day 1
You will be met at Mahe Airport and transferred to your hotel in the spectacularly beautiful Seychelles.
 
Check in and relax on this paradise island, surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters and coral reefs.
Day 2
Today transfer to Mahe Airport for your light aircraft flight to remote Bird Island.
 
Check into your hotel and enjoy the superb bird life found on this island.
 
Note: As you will be travelling on a light aircraft flight, the baggage allowance is restricted to 15 kg. We suggest you pack a soft sports bag to use for this flight. Your main luggage can be left free of charge at the police station counter at Mahe Airport, but all bags must be locked and labelled. Also please be aware that the accommodation on this island is not luxury.
Day 3
Enjoy swimming, snorkelling and kayaking today in the warm clears waters of fascinating Bird Island, the northernmost inhabited island in the beautiful Seychelles Archipelago.
 
This pristine coral island is known for its wildlife and birds - including the endangered fairy tern, brown noddie, lesser noddie, common noddie, white tern, white-tailed tropicbird, the bright red Madagascar fody and the Seychelles blue pigeon. These turquoise waters are home to abundant marine life including the Green sea turtle and Hawksbill sea turtle, which nest on these beaches from November to January. You can also see geckos, skinks (a type of lizard), ghost crabs, hermit crabs, true land crabs and Giant tortoises which roam free on the island.
 
The island is also home to an enormous breeding colony of over a million sooty terns, which arrive from June to early October each year to nest and lay their eggs. If visiting during this period, you can rise at 6 am and accompany wildlife staff to the colony.
Day 4
Today fly by light aircraft from Bird Island to Mahe for your connecting flight to beautiful Praslin Island.
 
Check into your hotel and relax on this island paradise.
Day 5
Relax and enjoy the pristine beaches of Praslin, the second largest island in the Seychelles.
 
Be sure to visit popular Cote d'Or Beach, the longest on Praslin island with several small shops, dive and activity centres. Also visit famous Anse Lazio Beach in the north, with its picturesque granite boulders, white sands and clear turquoise waters.
 
During your stay do try and visit the beautiful Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, which is the home of the gigantic Coco de Mer palm trees, whose enormous seeds resemble the woman's pelvis. This tropical forest also offers sanctuary to birds such as the endangered black parrot and the endemic bulbul.
Day 6
This morning we recommend transferring to Baie Sainte Anne Harbour to embark on a full day 3 Islands sailing adventure.
 
Our first stop is the small island of Cousin, with its pristine eco-system & nature reserve that is home to many rare bird. We continue to the mangroves of Curieuse Island Marine Park, which is home to over 100 giant tortoises that roam free, as well as giant crabs.
 
After a delicious BBQ lunch on board our yacht, we continuing to St. Pierre, a very small island that offers superb snorkelling opportunities, before returning to Praslin island.
 
Note: Take your swimming costume, towel, sunscreen & insect repellent. Minimum of 12 people required on the day to guarantee departure. Tour operates on a Tuesday and Thursday only.
Day 7
We suggest transferring to Baie Sainte Anne Harbour this morning to board the 15-minute ferry to pretty La Digue Island, the fourth largest granitic island in the Seychelles archipelago.
 
On arrival at La Digue harbour, you will be taken to the cycle shop to collect your bike. Your day is then free to independently explore this relatively less developed island, where the pace of life is slower and all transport is by bicycle or golf cart.
 
Be sure to visit Anse Source D'Argent, one of the most photographed beaches in the world with its gigantic granite boulders, palm trees and turquoise waters. It is a level 10-minute cycle ride or 40-minute walk from the village. When you arrive, don’t stop at the first cove but walk along the beach as there are many more coves that are less crowded.
 
Also visit Veuve Nature Reserve, which is home to the rare black paradise flycatcher, of which there are only about 100 left in the wild. From here enjoy views of La Digue's tallest peak - Belle Vue (or Eagle's Nest Mountain). Lunch is for your own account today, with the ferry back to Praslin island departing at 16.30 from La Digue harbour.
Day 8
Transfer to Praslin Airport for your light aircraft flight to Mahe Airport and your flight home.
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