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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.
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.
"A Beautiful island - a disappointing experience"
Bird Island is surrounded by unspoilt empty beaches, the lodge is surrounded by well kept grounds - home to many birds and to giant land tortoises. We did our research, we werenâ€™t expecting luxury. On the contrary, we went expecting simple accommodation at an establishment which supported wildlife and embraced a conservation ethos. We were disappointed. The beaches are undeniably stunning - as with many small islands around the world. The birds are many and a highlight of any visit. The staff are mainly pleasant - Thank you to Jessie who was always helpful and made a real effort to enhance our experience. The rest leaves much to be desired. The rooms are spacious and were, at one time, well appointed. They are now shabby with broken fittings, poorly maintained and in need of deep cleaning. Our bed was unpleasant, with dirt and dead insects behind the mattress, the cupboards contained similar debris. Our towels (one each) were changed twice in two weeks. The food was poor, with frozen veg and canned fruit. Despite the claim to cater for vegetarians, we rarely had anything other than the accompaniments to meals. Towards the end of our two week stay a vegetarian gratin was added to the buffet - very nice and enjoyed by everyone it seemed. So they can do it but generally just canâ€™t be bothered. The management have sheltered from previous poor reviews under the â€˜ecoâ€™ umbrella.This is really no defence. There is a distinct feeling of â€˜take it or leave itâ€™ complacency. The most disheartening element of our visit was the total absence of the turtle conservation program - for us, the main reason for selecting Bird Island for our stay. We booked a few months in advance, having done the best research we could including checking with the island management the best time for experiencing both laying turtles and hatchlings. When we arrived we went on a nature tour with Robbie, an experienced, knowledgeable and delightful man. Robbie was due to leave Bird Island permanently and, as such, turtle eggs had not been protected and there were no hatchlings. We were fortunate enough to witness a hawksbill turtle nest and lay her eggs which was a huge privilege - but that was the extent of our turtle experience. Without Robbie, this critically endangered species is receiving no assistance and we understand there is no plan to address this. Perhaps the management/owners are more farmers (Sooty Tern Eggs harvested for food) than conservationists? To summarise, we enjoyed our desert island holiday, but with hindsight, it would have been elsewhere.
Weâ€™ve been here lots of times previously. Itâ€™s always been basic but weâ€™ve enjoyed the island, itâ€™s wildlife and the local, fresh food. This time the owners werenâ€™t interested, the food was awful and the island was understaffed. We wonâ€™t be returning!
"A magical place"
Visited with 3 friends. What a magical place - peace, calm and your very own island. Itâ€™s not about luxury so donâ€™t expect 5 star facilities but itâ€™s so much more. The food is homely and plentiful but make sure you are on time. Everyone has their own chalet which is open to the odd bird visiting as the roof isnâ€™t sealed. You can walk all the way round the island easily and you may be lucky enough to see turtles. The kayaks are great to explore round the island and to view sea life. If you get the chance go itâ€™s wonderful.
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