Cousine Island Seychelles

Cousine Island Holidays Fund Conservation Efforts

Prior to 1992, Cousine Island was used for intensive farming of coconut palm trees, which meant that the local vegetation was stripped back in favour of clearing space for plantations. This caused the local wildlife to abandon Cousine in search of habitat and forage.

In 1992, Cousine Island Seychelles was purchased by an individual who wanted to restore Cousine Island to a natural state, and the results thus far are no less than amazing. Coconut plantations were removed, non-native plant species identified and eradicated, and native plants added.

Today, the island is a haven for rare Hawksbill Turtles and the critically endangered Seychelles Magpie Robin. Seychelles warblers populate the trees, and magnificent giant Aldabra tortoises roam the island.

The conservation work continues to this day, as many of the indigenous Seychellois species are still very much endangered. The transformation of introducing native plants continues, with an eye toward complete changeover. Resident ecologists keep watch on the islands' seafaring Hawksbill turtle nesting sites, which recorded a record 113 nests just this past season.

Let Cousine Island become your haven, too. With just four sumptious luxury villas and a maximum guest limit of 10 at any one time, you will revel in the splendid combination of luxury and tranquillity. The villas are all built in harmony with the island and feature excellent environmental planning. Delicious meals are sustainably sourced from the islands' own organic gardens and neighbouring Seychelles islands. Opportunites abound to learn more about the flora and fauna of the island - or to just chill on one of your two patios or your private garden. You'll feel great knowing that your holiday is helping to fund a return to native paradise for this beautiful island.

If you're considering planning a trip to coincide with key species sightings, some of the best times to consider are:

• Oct thru March - Hawksbill and Green Turtles emerge and nest
• Jan thru April - Turtle emergencies and hatchlings
• May thru Oct - Lesser Noddy and Brown Noddy breeding pairs
• Year-round - Blue Pigeon, Sunbird, Fody, Warbler and Magpie Robins
• Plus, the 19 Aldabra Giant Tortoises roaming free on the island all year round

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