A visit to Ile Aux Aigrettes

Monday 12th March being a public holiday, our colleagues and myself decided to plan a trip to the islands during the weekend. So, we have been planning this trip to the islands for the past 3 weeks. Here’s “le journal de bord” of the team.

On reaching Blue Bay at around 9am, we boarded a glass-bottom boat which headed towards the Ile Aux Aigrettes, situated not too far from Pointe d’Esny. As usual, my entrance on the boat was a bit exceptional xD

While the boat approached the island slowly, our eyes were on the glass-bottomed sections, observing the marine life. No need to say, since no one took the car on that day, we were already enjoying our beers!

Once on the island’s débarcadère, we put on our shoes and we met our guide who was already awaiting us. The first inhabitant of the island also welcomed us on the débarcadère itself.

Important points :

  • No smoking beyond the débarcadère.
  • It is preferable not to go onto the island with sandals
  • Because the island is made up of corals (no soil), the temperature on the small island is much higher than that on the mainland, Mauritius. +5degrees as per our guide and I can say that it was really hot!
  • Rs200 entrance fee for Mauritians (I think it includes the boat travel from Pointe d’Esny)

The first thing I did there, was to rush to the toilets. I was so glad when I saw the indications at the entrance itself. And relieved too. :-)

The water used on the island is mainly pumped from the mainland through a pipe which travels under the sea. A few meters from the toilet, the solar panels which power the island.

Once I emptied my bladder, I joined the group under the wooden hut, “Le nid des Aigrettes”, where the guides were providing a detailed history of the island, its purpose and about the little inhabitants.

During this explanatory session, we had the visit of some sort of lizard (forgive me, I do not remember any names lol), which was not at all afraid of the homo sapiens.

We then started the visit onto the island by following the indications :

Now, since this post is taking too long to write, I will just upload the pictures (and add some text where needed). lol.

My big… hmm, cannon :-)

The first viewpoint :

The Batman in its cage :

Markings on trees so that biologists can observe and do a follow up on the trees :

Explanations by our guide :

Another wonderful viewpoint where you can see the old port and the large lagoon :

The nursery on the island :

The second lizard which we came across :

We were also lucky to come across a Pink Pigeon, which apparently was not afraid of us.

A few meters away, we came across the heaviest animal on the island, a tortoise called Big Daddy and weighting over 300kgs! Big Daddy was nearly aggressive and according to our guide, it is attracted by lively colors. So be careful!

We stayed by its side for some 10minutes for the photo session and “Feed the tortoise” session. Back on our journey through the island, we came across a fort, caves and different species of trees, some of which are endemic to the island. The walk was quite lengthy and tiring. Don’t forget to bring some bottles of water!

Nearly at the end of the visit, we landed quite in a fix. An enormous lezard (or whatever it is called)!

Adventurous as I am, I took my courage in both hands and I approached it… for a photo xD

Quite frightening experience…

Coming back to reality, it was just a bronze statue. Got pwned?

And it seems that I missed the Owl one at the beginning of the trail.

We ended the trip on Ile Aux Aigrettes by visiting the museum and the shop in which we purchased a few souvenirs.

That’s how yashvinblogs.com landed into the guest book of the island.

Next destination : Ile Phare and Ile de la Passe. If you want to read about the adventure there, keep tuned!

For now, bon weekend!

 

 

  • http://themediaguru.blogspot.com carrotmadman6

    The lizard is actually a skink. The Round Island skink.

    http://www.yashvinblogs.com was here! Epic! :P

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    Thanks for the name of the “lizard”.

    Epic? :P

  • http://tinyurl.com/2f7olfl Mike

    Nice report, love the photos. Any story attached to the huge cannon? Historical I mean?

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    Thanks.
    lol. it was used to protect the old port in the ancient times.

  • http://profiles.google.com/akashsky Akash Gura Goredo

     Yeah, Epic.
    But I think you’ll prefer this one, fits carrotmadman6′s context. :-)

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    @google-364ece096841439f595e156d955a01e4:disqus : Epic! :P

  • guibs

    hi …have also been there in 2009 ! The small lizard is the local ‘gecko’ I think . We were also told that the shell of the tortoise is the most sensible part of a tortoise. So, we were advised not to scratch its back. Just before the nursery there were some endemic birds ‘cardinal/fody’ which are very ‘territorial’. They made lots of noise when we approached. There are also loads of ebony trees.

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    You still remember quite few things. Nice!
    That’s true. The guide showed us by making a circular motion on the tortoise shell and which made the tortoise literally run.

  • http://ashfaqblog.blogspot.com Ashfaq

    Indeed a really great place for a great weekend. I been there in January 2008 with the Univ guys .. We paid rs100 i think and even got refreshments and a bryani poulet take away ! lolz.. :) Also one of my first posts ! Very far from the ones which came later ! lolz.. 

    http://ashfaqblog.blogspot.com/2008/01/blog-post_9645.html 

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  • TL

    Nice and colourful. BUT (there’s always a but) i am a bit confused. just below the picture with the guide, as per your description – “Another wonderful viewpoint where you can see the old port and the large lagoon”, the next 2 pictures would be of an old port and the large lagoon.so the second picture is the lagoon you mentioned…oh my..

    confused TL

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    If you have not really understood the sentence, replace “where” by “from where”.
    Finally, going back into history, Grand Port was the port used at those times and by ‘old port’, I meant the old Grand Port.

    TL, arrete faire mechant la! :P

  • Yasser

    ah ok, u took the boat from Blue bay to go there.. mo pou dire toi frank frank, mo habite Blue Bay et mo pas ti koner ki ena bateau go to that island from here.  mo ti croire zot embarquer point desny,