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- rust en natuur
Insiders tipEr is een dagelijkse vlucht tussen Mahé en Bird Island waarop u maximaal 15 kilogram bagage kunt meenemen.
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Uw verblijf op Bird Island is een bijzondere ervaring, met als hoogtepunt de schildpadden! De kans op een ontmoeting is het grootst in de maanden oktober tot en met januari.
Plafondventilator, WiFi, kluisje, zithoek, badkamer met douche (verwarmd door zonne-energie), föhn (op verzoek) en veranda.
Gelegen aan het strand op Bird Island, het meest noordelijke eiland van de Seychellen, op 30 minuten vliegen van Mahé.
- Walvis spotten
De 115 eilanden van de Seychellen verschillen enorm in grootte, sommigen slechts een stipje in de oceaan. Behalve de hoofdeilanden zijn er veel resorts die het 'one island, one resort' concept hanteren. Ze variëren van eersteklasse natuurresorts tot exclusieve 'escapes' waar alles draait om decadent genieten. Dit alles wordt omlijst door een unieke (onderwater) natuur.
Donâ€™t go to Bird if you are expecting the â€œwow factorâ€ in accommodation as it is very basic. The lodges are looking tired and in need of a refurb but if you want to have the wonderful experience of the birds, large tortoises, crabs, walking on deserted beaches and snorkelling, you just have to go. You may even get to meet Esmeralda the 200 year old tortoise who was so friendly. The food was good, plenty for all and served at regular times. They were also very accommodating in that they did a gluten free portion for me. Special thanks to Jesse, Sebastian and all the lovely staff and some nice people we met along the way who made our stay perfect.
"Great birds but....."
The rooms were ok and the food was fine but repetitive. There was no price list for the drinks. We were they disappointed there were no guided walks which were promoted on the internet as the guide has left apparently not to be replaced. On asking about the appearance of some cormorants which were on no bird list I was told that the person Had no interest in birds !!! We saw no evidence of the managers referred to in earlier reports in our 4 day stay. It seems there is a change of direction at this place.
"Decline and Fall"
Very sad to watch the Decline and imminent Fall of this beautiful island. I stayed here in May for 3rd time (the previous two visits being so wonderful) and was disappointed to say the least. The cottages were in a poor state of repair and in need of deep clean. The staff were unhappy and some on the verge of leaving. Robbie Bresson, an outstanding conservationist of Bird Island has already left. So the wild life on the island as well as the guests are neglected - the tortoises are thirsty as their pools have been drained, the tropic bird chicks die of overheating in their nests facing the sun. Instead of local lush fruit which is plentiful on other Seychelles islands the guests are given industrial style apples and oranges flown in cheaply from other parts of the world. Apparently the new owners/managers have their own agenda and it does now include the care for the wildlife or the guests...
A special place - go for the right reasons and you should love it. It is beautiful, wildlife - especially birds but also tortoises, crabs and fish - that is abundant and not hard to find. Amazing walks, beautiful sunsets and sunrises and a real opportunity to get away from modern life - no TV, no radio, no mobile phone. I stayed for 7 nights and loved it. I snorkelled every day - some days saw plenty, other days very little but always enjoyed it. The birds are not really afraid - no natural predators / not hunted. The rooms coudl do with some attention but the rest more than makes up for this. I am missing the island. A lovely place - thank you to the owners for looking after the island and keeping it open to visitors.
I didnâ€™t know places like this still existed ! Thereâ€™s something of the primeval about this Island, giant tortoises roaming around at will, the skies full of weird birds, if the sea had been coloured pink it wouldnâ€™t have surprised me, in fact at sunset ðŸŒ… it usually was. More than a passing similarity to being on the set of the next Indiana Jones movie, the joint managers/ owners Alex and Nick taking turns to do a passable stand in for Harrison Ford. 5 star it isnâ€™t, but doesnâ€™t pretend to be, itâ€™s basic and functional, the grub is fine, and bears more than a passing resemblance to good school dinners , seconds available, and the whole place has a wonderful no shoes, no news air to it. Only one substantive criticism, thereâ€™s all this wonderful wildlife, but no one to talk you through it or show you round. It would be so much better if there was someone to tell you what youâ€™re looking at.
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