Bird Island, a small 170 acre coral cay with white sand beaches, is the most northerly of the Seychelles islands some 65 miles from Mahé. There is just one place to stay on the island - the simple, but comfortable Bird Island Lodge. The principle reason, however, for visiting Bird Island on your Seychelles holiday is, as the name suggests, for its amazing variety of bird life.
The Lodge has just 24 chalets, set back about 50metres from the beach in the tropical gardens of casuarinas and frangipanis. Each is spacious with high ceilings and simple furniture, king-size double bed (including mosquito net), ceiling fan, as well as louvre windows that open wide to allow breezes into the room. There's also a small lounge area which can accommodate two small children on single beds, and ensuite facilities located at the rear of each chalet with showers powered by solar energy. To keep power usage to a minimum, there are no TV's, fridges or air-conditioning in the chalets. Each also has a shady patio overlooks the gardens with the ocean beyond, although these are not particularly private.
The open-sided restaurant, bar and lounge is located at the centre of Bird Island Lodge and all stays at Bird Island are on Full Board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and served buffet-style. In line with the island's approach for offering an authentic island experience, the cuisine, although fairly simple, is fresh with much use of fresh fish and organic home grown fruit and vegetables. The bar and lounge, close to the west beach, is open all day and as well as seasonal fruit juices, beers, wines and a small stock of spirits, also offers daily afternoon tea. A small shop sells basic essentials such as suncream, hats and batteries; the latter mainly for torches which are an essential requirement after sunset as there are very few lights along the pathways. The positive aspect of little light pollution, however, is that you will witness wonderful star-filled skies.
Bird Island was declared a private reserve in 1996 and its highlights are undoubtedly bird watching, the nature and beachcombing. Nature tours are available with the island's resident ecologist and are a great way to understand more about its fauna and flora: you'll meet Esmeralda, the oldest giant tortoise on the island at almost 200 years, as well as learn more about the numerous species of bird's resident on the island at the time of your stay. Bird also has an extensive turtle monitoring and tagging programme and you may be lucky enough to witness nesting (November to January) and hatchlings (December to March).
Kayaks and snorkelling equipment are available for those wishing to explore a little of the marine life. Please note, however, that some of the currents can be strong on some beaches, even close to the shore, so care should be exercised as there are no life guards here. There is no swimming pool on Bird Island and diving is also not possible, but fishing trips are possible.
Bird Island is extremely laid back and is certainly not the place to come for pampering and luxury accommodation. The Seychelles experience here is all about the amazing nature - the wealth of birds, all the other fauna and flora as well as the island's ecology programme. The island revolves around its birds, so be prepared to be woken at sunrise by their 'singing'! Bird Island is perfect as part of a Seychelles island-hopping itinerary.
How to get to Bird Island Lodge
A 35 minute flight from MahÃ©. One flight, daily.
Activities at Bird Island Lodge
Kayaks and snorkeling equipment. Beachcombing. Nature tours. Giant tortoise colony. Fishing. Bird watching!
Susan & Peter Sullivan3
The experience is second to none, but the accommodation is looking tired and could do with an update, especially the mosquito netting around the beds which was not really sufficient as the mosquitos seemed to creep in through the gaps! All the staff were very polite and helpful and we had some great chats and laughs with them. The food was good and they even made sure I had…Read full trip review
Robert and Estelle Mayhew5
6/5! This was absolutely wonderful, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The animals were fantastic--the birds were wonderful, and a group of four tortoises spent most of their time around our cabins--the snorkeling was terrific, the beaches were beautiful and almost always empty. The food was excellence. (12 hours of darkness, with very little light and no screens on the windows, was a bit of a challenge.)Read full trip review
Three Island Boutique Seychelles Holiday - Cerf, Bird & Praslin islands
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