Bird Island is the most northerly of the Seychelles archipelago and a thirty minute flight from Mahé. The privately owned coral island is best known for the one and a half million sooty terns which nest here annually from May to October. Although a paradise for ornithologists, the island, which was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1986, is completely surrounded by pristine white beach and would suit most travellers.
Accommodation & Facilities
Bird Island Lodge has twenty four simple yet comfortable wood and thatch bungalows, each with an en-suite bathroom, lounge area and its own verandah overlooking the gardens and the ocean beyond. The lodge has an informal atmosphere and is a blend of relaxation and simplicity in a very natural environment.
Wildlife & Activities
Apart from the sooty terns, Bird Island also has populations of fairy and noddy terns, cardinals, ground doves, mynahs, crested terns and plovers. The coral reefs that fringe the island are easily accessible and excellent for shallow shored based snorkelling. Deep sea fishing, and dolphin and whale watching trips can also be arranged and paid for locally. Paths traverse the island and visitors can wander at their leisure along the pristine beaches or view the lodge’s small farm. Another of Bird’s attractions is Esmeralda, reputed to be the oldest and heaviest living tortoise in the world.
If you’re interested in staying at Bird Island as part of a holiday in the Seychelles, give our African experts a call. We regularly visit the lodges and camps we recommend and are ready to offer great advice on constructing your perfect holiday.