Weather :

Timings : Monday - Friday (excluding public holidays): 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
The island is closed to visitors in the afternoon

Entry Fees : Non-residents (including children): SCR 600
Residents: SCR 300

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Cousin Island, Seychelles Overview

Cousin Island is a protected nature reserve conserving sea birds and endemic land birds. It is also an important breeding site for hawksbill turtle. A granitic island located 2km from Praslin, Cousin Island is one of the most popular places to visit in Seychelles. The island can only be visited through local tour operators.

Entry to the island is done on a warden boat (changeable 200m before reaching the island) to prevent pest infestation. The 75-minute guided tour is conducted by the reserve's warden who explains the biodiversity and highlights of the island. The tours are available in English and French. There are no accommodation, stores, amenities or barbecue facilities on the island.

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Wildlife of Cousin Island

  • Endemic Seychelles Birds
Cousin Island Seychelles
Cousin Island is known for Endemic Seychelles Birds. Before the conversation program took place, the endemic Seychelles warblers were reduced to only 26. This place is a natural habitat to 5 Seychelles Endemic bird species including Acrocephalus sechellensis (Seychelles warbler), Copsychus seychellarum (Seychelles magpie robin), Alectroenas pulcherrima (Seychelles blue pigeon), Foudia seychellarum (Seychelles fody), Nectarinia dussumieri (Seychelles sunbird).
  • Reptiles
Cousin Island Seychelles
Visitors to Cousin Island are welcomed by the giant Aldabra tortoise which can be seen lounging on the beach, resting and enjoying some good moments of their life. These are also ancient reptiles here on the island. The hawksbill turtles can also be spotted along the beach.
  • Seabirds
Cousin Island Seychelles
While tailed, white terns, tropical birds and tropical shearwaters dwell here round the year. Noddies can be found here breeding during the season of South-East monsoon. Also, the North-West monsoon is the time for Wedge-tailed shearwaters.
  • Mammals
This island has bats as endemic land mammals. Commonly, the fruit bats can be encountered.

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