M13988 in the Seychelles is a haven for nature and man. This remote, privately owned nature reserve is home to rare birds and breeding turtles, offering an exclusive tropical island experience combined with complete privacy. Guests take time to marvel at the simple things in life; the shape of a cloud, the sound of palm trees swaying in the warm breeze, the pleasure of leaving the only set of footprints along the dazzling sugar white beach.
M13988 has always been a uniquely valuable haven to the flora and fauna of the Seychelles. The island has escaped the introduction of alien mammals - a curse, which has befallen so many of its neighbors over the last centuries - and as a result, the delicate web of endemic bird life and supporting flora and fauna has remained intact. With an area of only 25 hectares, M13988 is one of the smaller of the granitic islands, and is situated approximately 6km off the west coast of Praslin.
The island has been privately owned for 13 years and has been transformed into a private nature reserve through a systematic rehabilitation program; replanting of endemic trees and plants and the establishment of colonies of Seychelles endemic birds. M13988 still has the enviable status of being the only island in the Seychelles archipelago totally free of alien mammals. Hawksbill and Green turtles nest on M13988’s shores, with approx. 14,000 Hawksbill Turtle hatchlings being released per breeding season (Nov-Mar).
M13988 opened its doors to guests in 2000, offering an exclusive island experience with complete privacy and escape found in very few places on earth. The guests on the island are far from intrusive; in fact a symbiotic relationship has been developed whereby the very presence of people on the island is of key importance to its life balance, by staying on M13988 the guests contribute to the funding needed to secure its future. In the guests’ information pack, it is stated that “tourism development is the only revenue generating activity purely to ensure the long-term sustainability of conservation.”
This unique integration of nature and man is highly innovative and has been made possible by the passion and generosity of the owner of M13988 who wishes to share this eco haven with visitors and preserve it for many generations to come.
In order to protect the delicate ecosystem, M13988 prefers guests to arrive by helicopter thus ensuring against the introduction of any alien species. A maximum of 8 guests are accommodated at any one time to guarantee the luxury of privacy and total exclusivity. The guests share the island with its natural inhabitants, offering some of the closest encounters with nature in the Seychelles, possibly the world. As the Island’s creatures have no alien predators, they have no fear of humans and often one has the feeling of not knowing quite who is watching who!
On M13988, it is possible to live for a time in another sort of world: the sort of world Seychelles was before the arrival of man, yet with every comfort modern man enjoys. M13988 – a conservation success story offering a unique opportunity for escapism of the highest order with a degree of privacy almost impossible to find in the 21st Century. M13988 offers Single Villa Rentals or Exclusive Island Rentals, Honeymoon and Wedding Packages are available and all rates are on FB.
Four beachside villas each with an area of 1884 sq. feet, exclusive interiors, sun terraces, sea and island views. 24-hour room service: culinary freedom around the clock in the villa, on the terrace, on the beach and in the "Pavillion". Like the suites of furniture in the adjoining lounge, the tables stand beneath a roof. Albeit, the walls open out on to the large swimming pool, the sea, and the surrounding scenery. The talented chef serves up fine island cuisine made from local ingredients of the Seychelles. He also uses a lot of fresh fish and local ingredients from Cousine Island - salads, vegetables, herbs and fruit. One can taste the French influence in his cooking but also Creole imagination is evident.
Nearby attractions and activities:
Wedding and Honeymoon specials are available on request. Excursions to neighbouring islands as well as diving, fishing and snorkeling available. Guided nature walks with the island's conservation officer are offered on a daily basis.
- Minimum stay of 3 nights year round. General Sales Tax of 7% excluded.
- Between Dec 15, 2005 and Jan 10, 2006 minimum of 8 nights applies.
- No single rates are available.
- Each villa has direct dial international telephones and internet facilities, all calls are charged accordingly.
There are two different seasons on Cousine Island:
November – March is the turtle breeding season, during these months Hawksbill turtles come on the island to lay their eggs. It is also possible to see hatchlings. These months also fall in our rainy season when the North West monsoon winds blow.
April – October it is the bird breeding season, when about 60,000 pairs of Lessor Noddy Birds breed on the island. They mainly breed in the forest areas on the hill. These months are drier and the South East trade winds blow then.
The helicopters do not fly prior to 06:30 and after 18:00. Clients arriving off an international flight prior to 06:30 will be met by the representative on Mahe and looked after until their transfers are ready for departure. Clients arriving off an international flight in the late afternoon may have to stay over on Mahe or Praslin. Please confirm with Cousine Island if there is a later international arrival, they will advise if transfer is possible or if clients will need to stay over.
Transfers to and from Cousine Island:
Transfers to and from Cousine Island are by helicopter or charter boat - subject to weather conditions (boat charter not recommended during the months of May to October). Transfer modes are restricted due to a delicate eco system and for nature conservation purposes.
A maximum of 10 (Ten) guests will be accommodated by Cousine Island at any time to ensure complete privacy of guests.
Children are accepted at management’s discretion. Please enquire with Cousine Island before confirming a booking with children.
The Euro will be used as the currency to determine the rates for Cousine Island.
All major foreign currencies will be accepted for payment, which will be converted to the Euro on presentation for payment and exchanged at an accepted international exchange rate determined by major financial institutions.
Payment for expenses that occur on Cousine Island can be settled as below:
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, Cash or Traveller’s Cheques in any major foreign currency.
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M13988 in the Seychelles is a haven for nature and man. This remote, privately owned nature reserve is home to rare birds and breeding turtles, offering an exclusive tropical island experience combined with complete privacy. Guests take time to marvel at the simple things in life; the shape of a cloud, the sound of...
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