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Cousin Island Seychelles
Written by Priyanka Sharma on May 28, 2020 Share on

Visit the Cousin Island in Seychelles – Bird watcher Paradise

Cousin Island is a tiny granitic island of Seychelles which is about 2km west of Praslin. It is considered as the paradise for Birdwatchers. This island is close to 50km away from the Mahe city. The whole island is protected as a Special Reserve under Seychelles Law since 1975.
Cousin Island in Seychelles is viewed by Nature Seychelles, as a nonprofitable organization operating with BirdLife International.

About Cousin Island

The Cousin Island was initially a coconut plantation in the early 1900s and today it has become a diverse ecosystem sheltering endemic species of birds. The island is mostly covered with wood surrounded by a white sandy beach and the southern coast is filled with rocks. There is also a major chunk of the island covered with mangrove forests and freshwater swamps.
Its woodland is controlled by Morinda citrifolia, Pisonia grandis, and Ochrosia oppositifolia trees.

Birds flocking
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Activities On Cousin Island

Cousin Island has numerous varieties of activities. Tourists usually prefer to relax on the white sandy beaches, snorkel or even swim in the green-blue waters. This whole experience of swimming in the Cousin island Seychelles surrounded by water on all sides is breathtaking. However, it’s always advisable to wear aqua shoes or diving boots while swimming to avoid sharp coral, stonefish, urchins, scorpionfish and rocks. I personally would recommend you visit the island either early morning or in the evening to view the perfect sunset.

  • Visiting time: Monday – Friday
  • No entry fee for Cousin Island
  • Weekends is an off

The Tour of Cousin Island

There are day trips from Mahe Island to Cousin Island which are run by the local operators. Did you also know that five of the 11 endemic bird species are found on the Cousin Island of Seychelles? This island is also like the Bird Island home to 300,000 nesting seabirds. Seychelles has few islands that are considered as the Bird sanctuaries but this is the only island which is considered as home to the Seychelles fody, the Seychelles warbler, and Seychelles magpie-robin.

Phaethon lepturus
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Best Time To Visit

The trip to Cousin Island is a year-round vacation spot with pleasant weather throughout. During May- September the Pairs of brown noddies make their visit and you can get a fine view of these birds. White and bridled terns, white-tailed tropicbirds, and Audubon’s headwaters are species that breed throughout the year which is again one of the major attractions for the tourists.

Cousin Island’s Conservation

There are an enormous variety of animals and plant species which need protection at the Cousin Island Seychelles. There are numerous projects being run to protect the natural habitat of the sea turtles resting here along with few reptiles and lizards as well. The coral reeds around the 400 km island are also a vital part which needs protection and works for hand in hand with the ecosystem.

So grab your bags and get ready to go on this adventurous trip to Seychelles. You can also check out exciting vacation Seychelles packages at Pickyourtrail.com where our travel consultant will help you plan your trip as per your convenience.

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