Today we descended early from the Mango Lodge in order to reach the boat for our booked whole-day-trip. At 9 we departed from our local beach with around 20 others to the island Cousin. Cousin is a small island near Praslin which hosts a lot of endemic birds . On our trip we had nice views to some of the hidden beaches around Praslin. After having arrived at the island we were split into groups according to languages. There are different guides that do tours around the island and explain the work they do to maintain the island as it is. And we were lucky as an Austrian girl was doing a semester abroad and explained everything.
So on the tour we saw lots of different birds that already adapted to humans. Therefore we could have close looks at them and we took some impressive photos with our tele. But apart from birds there were some turtles and the world’s biggest centipede.
After that we continued to the Curieuse island. Curieuse was a former leper colony. There we started with a barbecue at the beach before visiting the doctor’s house. From our starting point we hiked to the other side of the island. On our way we saw some colourful crabs and walked on nice board walks in-between mangroves. On the other side of the island we walked straight into the turtle’s sanctuary. There lives a huge amount of giant turtles.
We continued then from the beach where the turtles live to our last stop of the trip. At St. Pierre we were able to jump into the warm water and watch some colourful fish during snorkelling around. After one hour – we were the last to come out of the water, which might have annoyed the others – we went back to our starting point from where we went to our “home beach” for some more sun.
In the evening we ate some ore of our things before we packed everything for the departure.