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“DELIGHTFUL GIANT TORTOISES”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Curieuse Island

Curieuse Island
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Owner description: This island is strictly protected to allow Giant tortoises to prosper.
Johannesburg, South Africa
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“DELIGHTFUL GIANT TORTOISES”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

Stopped off during a full day catamaran trip visiting various islands. How wonderful to see these giant land tortoises roaming on the beach and around the island. Also walked through mangrove swamp forest area to Anse Josee. Great island!

Visited November 2013
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Cegled, Hungary
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“"turtle island"”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

There are several paths that can be explored, you can see a mangrove swamp with animals. And the beach are awesome. The turtles are fun.

Visited October 2013
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Kuala Belait, Brunei Darussalam
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“Amazing”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

It was amazing! Big 100 years old turtles ate bananas from my hands! And the view in the lagoon is same as in Animals Planet or Discovery, or Blue Lagoon movie, so fantastic... Must see!!!

Visited December 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Who stole the baby?”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

This is a most interesting island. Tortoises imported from Aldabra have a metal tag pinned to the rear of their shell. It was great walking with the herd (Don't know the collective noun for tortoises). At the kiosk there is a small cage within which is one baby tortoise. The other is missing. I don't think it escaped but may have been purloined. Ages range from a few months to 140 years. I remember the elder being born. It is a fantastic resource for children of all ages. (includes me in my 2nd childhood). Make sure your camera is working with plenty of 'film'. The walk to the other beach is also quite interesting passing through the mangrove trees. Swimming and snorkeling is very good.

Visited October 2013
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Giant tortoises and plenty of crabs”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Curieuse is a good half-day trip excursion, usually combined with great snorkeling around the islet of St. Pierre, only 15 minutes away from Praslin (from the beach Cote d'Or) with a small motor boat.

Usually the boats arrive at the bay where most tortoises are as well as the ranger base and some baby tortoises. From there, there are two routes: most people follow (or have to follow in order to meet their group for the barbecue) an 1-hour walk towards the house of the lepers' doctor.

I found this walk very scenic. It could take less time if you walk fast but if you take it easy, you will start noticing many kinds of different crabs, sea shells and tropical vegetation. There are some informative signs along the path which are a bit difficult to read as they have faded out by the sunlight, but it's better than nothing. This path is well maintained and very easy to cross. At the end you reach the beach (St. Jose is the name, if I remember well) where the house of the lepers' doctor is located. The house is also worth visiting as there is an exhibition with information about leprosy. As for the beach in this bay, it is sandy but nothing great for snorkeling. For the latter, though, St. Pierre is exceptional...

We didn't try the second path at the other side of the island as it is not very well preserved and seemed difficult to cross.

Whether you decide to take a taxi-boat or a combo-trip to Curieuse and St. Pierre, do some research as you will see that there is a lot of variation in the prices!

Visited August 2013
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