Cousin Island is a positioned around 2 km from the Praslin Island. This granitic island is spread over 27 hectares.This granitic island is a conservationists’ project that succeeded in reclaiming the landscape from intensive farming into a setting of endemic trees, shrubs and flowers. Cousine Island is now home to increasing numbers of native Seychellois birds, tortoises and turtles, with some species now recovering from the brink of extinction.
During early 1900’s this beautiful was settles for first time. In order to plant the profitable coconut, its original vegetation was removed. This beautiful Island is successfully conserved with its original vegetation. Moreover, the stunning Cousin Island is a habitat of various endemic species of land birds, as well as breeding sites of the seabirds
Birding on Cousin Island
In the year 1968, this beautiful island was bought by the International Council for the Protection of Birds (ICBP). Interestingly, this is first international owned reserve in the world. ICBP is now known as the Birdlife International. Their main aim is to protect the rest of the population of living beings in Seychelles.
In the year 1974, it was also honored as a Special Reserve. This nature reserve is meant for seabirds and endemic land birds.
Hotels and Accommodation
Cousine has four elegant and spacious villas, all built in the French Colonial style. Each villa has two patios, a lush private garden and stunning white sand beach and ocean views.
A visit to Cousine Island Seychelles Resort feels – and is – exclusive, with a maximum guest occupancy of 10 people. The main Pavilion building is the centre for dining, and the unique open plan kitchen ensourages interaction between diners and the chef
The Beach House Wellness Retreat has a beautiful spa with indoor and outdoor treatment areas and uses exclusive Ligne St Barth spa products. There is also a well-equipped multi-gym in case your time on the beach
Conservation and Tourism
Nature Seychelles is effectively managing the beautiful Cousin Island. It also take care of various conservation activities, which include survey of the biodiversity.
Local staff is effectively taking care and managing this beautiful destination. With eco-tourism, it is also proving quite beneficial to the local communities on the Praslin Island.
You would be glad to know that various endangered species are re-introduced. For instance, you can again see the magic of Seychelles Magpie Robin. It also arranges for eco-tourism and education.