Start the day with a drive to the South of Mauritius, a part of the island that has kept a feeling of “old Mauritius.” The first stop is at Pointe Jerome, where participants will discover a unique islet called Ile aux Aigrettes, a nature conservation site run by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. The island shelters the last remnants of the coastal forest. A guided tour will show off the hard work involved in returning this islet to its natural state and in the conservation of all the endangered species and plants. Visit the indigenous plants nursery, and try to spot the giant tortoise, rare Pink Pigeon, the Mauritius Kestrel, and the endangered skinks.
After lunch, we will continue with further activities on Ile aux Aigrettes before heading to Blue Bay Marine Park for a swim in the ocean before returning to the ship.
- Describe the coastal forest and ecosystem
- Deliberate why the original environment was altered
- Discern traits of indigenous plants and animals
- Evaluate the damage of invasive species on the island flora and fauna
- Discuss the advantages and limits of conservation efforts
- Debate the consequences of farming Nile crocodiles on Mauritius
- Synthesize the status quo of the health of the ecosystems you visited today
- The tour involves approximately 2 hours walking on rough/uneven surfaces
- Minimum age is 4 years old
- Participants should wear lightweight clothing, comfortable closed-toed shoes; bring along sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, mosquito repellent, and a waterproof camera if desired.