The island is located just a 30-minute flight from Mahé and a light aircraft brings guests to this wildlife haven. The main facilities include the buffet-style restaurant and relaxing bar lounge, housed in the main lodge building with its superb views of West Beach. The boutique stocks some essential items and a collection of hand-printed beachwear.
All 24 bungalows are spacious and comfortable, situated among tall palms along the island’s south coast. Each features a four-poster king-size bed, seating area, and en-suite facilities comprising sizeable shower room and separate WC. Interiors are simple and pleasingly homely, with warm wood furnishings and cheerful check fabrics. There is no air conditioning, but an overhead fan is enough to keep guests cool. Outside, the veranda is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the view.
At Bird Island, the bird watching is excellent, of course! Conservation Officer Robbie leads nature walks. Bird Island is host to more species than any other island in the Seychelles and guests may spot sooty terns, tropicbirds, bar-tailed godwits, to name but a few. But there are many other activities available here – snorkelling, kayaking, whale watching, big-game fishing and fly fishing too. And the island is home also to hundreds of Hawksbill and Green turtles – guests at Bird Island from mid-October to mid-January are treated to the sight of turtles laying their eggs, while from mid-December to mid-March the little hatchlings emerge and race down the beach into the clear sea.
Service at Bird Island Lodge is very friendly. There may not be a programme of children’s activities, but children are more than welcome here. Food is simple fresh fare – fish caught in the surrounding seas and pork raised on the island’s own farm, together with organic fruits and vegetables. And guests are cordially invited to assist Robbie with his conservation work, including his part in the Seychelles turtle-monitoring project.
Take a trip to Bird Island if you love birds and favour the serenity of a modest beach lodge to the hustle-and-bustle of large resorts. It is also a dream destination for keen wildlife photographers!