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Reserve Naturelle des Sept Iles
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Reviewed 4 May 2014 via mobile

This is something you must do. We did it with one 5-year-old boy and one 2-year-old and they loved it. With seen a fou-de-bassan seabirds colony (7 in the world), a porpoise, a seal and we got a sunny weather with calm sea. The guides were really educational and entertaining. Awesome !

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Reviewed 20 August 2012

If you own a boat and if you are planning to go on a holiday to Brittany, consider visiting the Perros Guirec, Ploumanach, Trégastel area on the Northern Brittany coast.
You will be delighted by the beautifull and rough coast lines.
One of the attractions to navigate to are the Sept Iles, some miles out of the coast of Ploumanach. I would recommend you to have a good look at the weather before going out there, certainly with a small boat. We did the trip with a vessel of about six metres without any problem. But bear in mind that the sea can get very rough in no time. We encountered unpredictable currents near Ile aux Moines and rocks peeking out of the water everywhere!
On the islands you can see several colonies of breeding seabirds (seagulls, puffins, cormorants, ...).
If you don't have a suitable boat, or if you do not trust your navitation skills, you can also take a ferry to visit the islands.You can even go there with a Thonnier, an old thunafish boat.
I have no info on how to get tickets for the trip, but I am sure you will get this info easily in a tourist office.
This trip is certainly a recommendation for bird lovers: try to do it in June (till 14 of July the puffins stay on the islands) but also the stunning scenery is a reason to go out there!

5  Thank Roger V
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

The Sept Iles is well worth the boat trip. There is a huge variety of seabirds to see in their home environment as well as seals. The boat service now offers a couple of trips that include landing on one of the islands where there is an observation point. Be sure to use sunblock and take a hat.

3  Thank solotravellerBedford
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Reviewed 13 August 2012

I never really understood my French friends excitement about gannets, as we see them pretty often around the coast where I live. But I'd never seen a breeding colony till I visited the Sept Isles. It really does take your breath away.
The cruise also gives you a chance to see Puffins and many other (perhaps less exotic) birds, as well as Grey Seals, but check the dates that they are present - for Puffins May and June is best (maybe till Bastille Day - 14th July), for Gannets July is still good.
The cruise departs Perros Gueric at different times depending on the tides - they are huge in this part of Brittany (11metres). For the birds, the morning may be best, if it's not late morning.
There are also two options including one where you can disembark on one of the islands and see the ruins of a monastery, a fort and a lighthouse - nice if you like to take in the atmosphere of the isles at a slower pace.
By the way, there are 5 islands but many reefs. Sept (7) Isles apparently comes from a mis-translation of the Breton name for the Islands.

4  Thank Wanderlings2
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