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Bird Island Lodge

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Key Information:
Specialty Category: Eco lodges
Location: Seychelles
Region: Africa
Min Price: 205 Euro (EUR) per day
Max Price: 240 Euro (EUR) per day

A 30 minute flight from Mahé by light aircraft gives the first stunning impressions of this 170 acre coral cay. The east and south sides are surrounded by a protective barrier reef which is home to many varieties of colourful tropical fish and the rest is an open beach which offers superb safe swimming. Bird Island Lodge offers a unique blend of hospitality, relaxation and simplicity in a natural environment. A family owned and run hotel, we have 24 simple but very comfortable individual chalets nestling amongst what remains of the island's old coconut plantation. Each has a king-sized bed, large shower room and separate toilet, lounge corner and spacious patio overlooking the gardens to the sea beyond. Each chalet will accommodate a third adult and child or two extra children. The main lodge houses a lounge, reception, a small boutique, a bar and an informal, open air restaurant where we serve a mixture of local cuisine and international dishes in a buffet style using fresh produce including fresh fish and vegetables from the island.

We have a very simple formula which clients love and come back for year after year. We have no televisions in the rooms: as we feel that this would detract from the natural sounds and sights around you. We have no air-conditioning: as the excellent natural ventilation and ceiling fans ensure the rooms are always kept cool. We have no telephones in the rooms or mobile phone reception: but there are telephone, fax and E-mail facilities available at the office. We have no swimming pool: as the beach offers excellent and safe swimming at all times. The island really is a true retreat from today’s busy world.

From May to October, the northern part of the island is home to over a million nesting sooty terns and with a year-round population of at least 20 other bird species it is an ornithologist’s heaven. Bird Island is also an important nesting site for sea turtles which can be seen, during daylight, coming up to lay their eggs between October and March. The turtle hatchlings can be observed emerging from their nests and racing to the sea from December through until April, a truly magical sight to witness. We also offer a safe haven for giant land tortoises and have over 25 of them free roaming around the island, including Esmeralda who is in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest land tortoise. Located on the edge of the Seychelles Bank, Bird Island is perfectly situated for nature boat excursions to look for dolphins, whales, manta rays and turtles. We also offer clients the chance to experience traditional hand line and big-game fishing with our fisherman of over 30 years, Clive.

Bird Island has, for many years, been involved in various conservation projects and has won many awards for its efforts. It is hailed as a true ‘ecotourism’ destination where the balance between nature and tourism has been successfully upheld for over 35 years. Clients who first visited the island back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s still return year after year to experience the island and all that it offers and we are proud of having been able to maintain and conserve this little corner of the planet for the next generation to experience in the years to come. There is nowhere else quite like it.

Property amenities:
- Room Safe
- Room Fan
- Private Veranda
- King Sized Bed.

Hotel Facilities:
- Baby sitting
- Reception Safe
- Laundry Facilities
- Internet Access in office
- Kayaking
- Boutique
- Boat Excursions
- Ironing facilities
- Library
- Resident Conservation Officer.

Nearby attractions and activities:
Located on the edge of the Seychelles Bank, Bird Island is perfectly situated for nature boat excursions to look for dolphins, whales, manta rays and turtles. We also offer clients the chance to experience traditional hand line and big-game fishing with our fisherman of over 30 years, Clive. Bird Island is surrounded on one side by a protective barrier reef and so the snorkeling opportunities are wonderful and directly off the beach. Between May and October the northern end of the island becomes home for a breeding colony of over a million Sooty Terns. A 15 minute walk from the lodge to the viewing platform allows clients to experience an amazing spectacle and the largest accessible colony of Sooty Terns in the world.

Location:
98km North of the main island of Mahe. Bird Island is reached by a 30 minute flight by light aircraft from Mahe Domestic Airport. It is the most northerly island of the Seychelles Archipelago.

Policy:
Flights to and from Bird Island: Bird Island operates a daily charter service to the island using Air Seychelles aircraft, departing from the Seychelles Domestic Terminal at the International Airport.

When a reservation is made for the Lodge, the return flight is automatically booked by Bird Island. Pick-up or drop-off on other islands with an airstrip can be arranged and a supplement is charged. Helicopter flights can also be arranged on request.

Luggage Allowance: Due to aircraft size, please note that guests are allowed only 10KG per person maximum. Excess baggage may be accepted on the same flight depending on space availability or forwarded on the next available flight. There are secure left luggage facilities at the International Airport for locked luggage.

Check in at the Lodge is 15:00 and check out is 12:00. We will always endeavor to offer a late check out where possible.

Children of all ages are welcome and we are happy to provide early dinners in the restaurant as requested. Babysitting can also be arranged on request at reception. A fee applies.

Cancellation Charges:
- 21 to 7 days before arrival 40% total cost
- 6 to 4 days before arrival 60% total cost
- 3 to 1 day before arrival 75% total cost
- No Show 100%.

Terms of Payment: 30 days prior to arrival on the island. Payment can be made directly into our bank account or by Credit Card - Number/expiry date to be given as guarantee upon confirmation of booking. The card will be debited 30 day before arrival on the island.

We cannot be held responsible for guests who miss our charter flights due to late arrival of international flights. Full cancellation will apply. Also in addition to this, the cost of the seat on the next available flight may be charged.

Important: Gentlemen are requested to wear long trousers in the bar and restaurant after 7 pm.

Member discount:
10% discount for InfoHub customer.  Request a free gift certificate.

Notes:
Prices are per person per night in a double chalet on full board basis commencing with Dinner on the day of your arrival and ending with Lunch on the day of your departure. Return airfares from Mahe are charged separately at Euro 278 per person. Children under 2 years stay for free at the lodge and do not pay for a seat on the aircraft.

Supplier Information
Location: Seychelles
Joined InfoHub: May 2010
Client Request Served: 1

Bird Island, perched on the edge of the Seychelles continental shelf is the most northerly island of the Seychelles Archipelago and is situated 60 miles from the main island of Mahé. The sight for the first time visitor is never to be forgotten and the return visitor eagerly awaits that memory. The east and south...

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