Thursday, 21 February 2013

Cousine Island... Privacy personified

Cousine is situated approximately 6km off the west coast of Praslin and offers an exclusive island experience with complete privacy found in very few other places on earth. The island is 25 hectares (62 acres) in size; approximately 1.4km in length, 800m in width and is 100% dedicated to the preservation of the Seychelles environment.

Cousine is a private nature reserve, home to five of the Seychelles endemic birds such as the Seychelles magpie robin and Seychelles brush warbler, as well as a variety of endemic fauna and spectacular marine life. There are some large specimens of the giant land tortoise wandering the island, which is also a nesting site for the hawksbill turtle.

The vegetation consists of 95% endemic plants and is home to more than 7 land birds (Seychelles Magpie Robin, Seychelles White-eye, Seychelles Brush Warbler, Seychelles Fody/Tok Tok, Madagascan Fody, Seychelles Turtle Dove and the Seychelles Blue Pigeon) and 9 breeding seabirds (Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Audobon Shearwater, Brown Noddy, Lessor Noddy, Sooty Tern, Fairy Tern, Bridal Tern, White-tailed Tropic Bird, Red-tailed tropic bird) as well as a variety of migratory birds – the remaining 5% of vegetation is made up of indigenous fruit trees and vegetable plants which is used as a food source for the staff and guests. Fruit bats feed on the Ficus trees and the island's undergrowth is home to a variety of insects, lizards and gecko's.

Migratory birds consider Cousine home during 6 months of the year. Hawksbill Turtles come ashore to nest and Green Turtles, rare to the Seychelles, nest occasionally throughout the year. Cousine Island is one of the few islands in the Seychelles to be completely free of alien mammals.

It is now home to a superb resort that offers an exceptional experience within a private nature reserve.

With four individual Old French Colonial style villas, exclusivity is the order of the day as a maximum of only ten guests are accommodated at any one time. In fact, this is one of the few islands that can be rented in it's entirety, you don't get more private than that!

Photos from Cousine...



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