Where is Cousine Island located?
The Island is approximately 5 minutes from Praslin and 20 minutes from Mahé by helicopter. If you choose a more leisurely approach, it is a lovely catamaran or yacht journey taking around 20 minutes from Praslin or one and a half hours from Mahé. If the weather is less predictable, then helicopter transfers are to be recommended.
Transfers to and from other inner islands are also available and the travel times will vary.
What sort of accommodation is available at Cousine Island?
There are four one bed luxury guest villas:
With fantastic views over the sea, and the islands of Praslin and Aride in the background, each villa is situated to make sure guests have utmost privacy.
All four villas offer the highest degree of comfort with spacious bedroom, separate sitting room, large bathroom with jacuzzi and shower (inside and outside), as well as front and rear patios. Each villa is fully air-conditioned to ensure comfort even in the hottest months.
The Presidential Villa:
With your very own Butler and Chef, the Presidential Villa is a dream – with two enormous bedrooms and en suite bathrooms, it can be used for two couples or a family of six. Lavishly furnished and completely private, it has a private outside bar area, private gym, spa, study area as well as accommodation for nanny or au pair.
What activities are available at Cousine Island?
If you can manage to get enough energy to rise from your relaxing day bed or sunbed by the pool, you can just about make it to the Spa, or for those with more energy, use the fabulous gym. Your whims and fancies can be arranged by the wonderful team – who will make it happen, and these expertly curated moments with no detail spared, makes this the place to be.
The many activities include fishing and diving, a rustic spa, fitness centre, snorkelling, and guided walks by the conservation officer.
These are included in your stay:
- Guided nature walks
- Creole cooking classes
- Unique dining experiences
- Paddle boarding
- Coral reef exploration
- Tree planting of indigenous trees from the nursery
- Turtle tracking, emergence & hatchling release experience
- Shore fishing
- Snorkelling around Cousine Island
- Table tennis
- Board games & puzzles
- Yoga deck
- Activity Centre
Paid extra activities include:
- Treatments and products from the spoiling Ligne St Barth Spa
- Scuba diving, scuba diving certifications & excursions from the Dive Centre
- Catamaran day excursions to surrounding inner islands
- Guided snorkelling & kayaking excursions
- Game & deep-sea fishing excursions
Does Cousine Island cater for families with young children?
Families are warmly welcomed and from every age. Each day is choreographed to suit everyone, and activities are planned accordingly. The solar catamaran is wonderful, and some families like to go cruising almost every day exploring the surrounding islands, scuba diving and snorkelling – and the children can even catch their lunch, which the chef will prepare for them on their return which they adore.
When is the best time to visit Cousine Island?
There are always different considerations as to when is the best time to visit Cousine Island. Seychelles is a year-round destination but generally it can be divided by rainfall and monsoon winds which give the varied conditions here.
There are two different seasons on Cousine Island:
North West monsoon winds bring more rain and November to March is the turtle breeding season. During these months Hawksbill turtles come on the island to lay their eggs and it is also possible to see hatchlings scurry down to the water. March and April are the hottest months, but temperatures never normally go above 31 degrees.
The South East trade winds bring the drier months of April to October – and this is bird breeding season - when about 60,000 pairs of Lesser Noddy Birds breed on the island. They mainly breed in the forest areas on the hill. This is a very pleasant time of the year and during the coolest months, July and August, the average low is around 24 degrees.
There is a weather and activity eco-calendar guide you can click on to show what it is like each month of the year. This does not guarantee any of the weather or breeding conditions, as these can vary according with the ever-changing climate conditions.
How does Cousine Island protect and nurture the local environment?
Ever since the present owners became custodians of Cousine in 1992, the island has slowly been coaxed back to life by the many researchers and conservationists, from the exploited habitat it was. Predator species have been removed, as well as foreign flora and fauna - and the delicate ecosystem has been restored. Cousine Island is now a private conservation sanctuary with its own indigenous tree nursery preserving many species that are critically endangered due to habitat loss, exploitation and climate change and guests are invited to get involved and love to take part in tree planting.
This private nature reserve is home to five endemic land birds of Seychelles namely the Seychelles Magpie Robin (Copsychus sechellarum), the Seychelles Fody (Foudia sechellarum), the Seychelles Warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis), the Seychelles Blue Pigeon (Alectoenas pulcherrima) and the Seychelles Sunbird (Nectarinia dussumeiri). Cousine is one of the only four islands in the world with populations of Seychelles Magpie Robin (around 50 birds are now thriving on Cousine).
Also, from May to September, there are more than 100 000 seabirds present on Cousine Island, an awesome sight, including white-tailed tropicbirds, fairy terns, sooty terns, bridled terns, wedge-tailed shearwaters, tropical shearwaters, lesser noddys (50 000-55 000 pairs), brown noddys, and the greater frigate bird.
In the ocean around the island, you can spot some of the 880 species of fish to be found, and three of these unique to the Seychelles (Seychelles anemonefish, Seychelles squirrelfish and Seychelles soldierfish). Sharks and stingrays also lurk around Cousine reefs, including whale sharks, white-tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, manta rays and round ribbon tail rays.
The island is also utilizing all possible ways to conserve and preserve, and not a drop of water is wasted – with rainwater filtered and used for showering and irrigation, and they even have a desalination unit as backup. A new solar power plant has been constructed to ensure that their high sustainability goals are reached. All biodegradable waste is composted and of much of the remainder is sent for recycling on Mahé Island.