Bird Island Lodge
Bird Island features an Eco-lodge of 24 simple but comfortable individual chalets, nestled among the remaining coconut palms of the island’s old plantation.
Bird Island Lodge is your gateway to the most unique private nature reserve and bird sanctuary in the Seychelles. Bird Island Lodge offers a unique blend of hospitality, relaxation and simplicity in a natural environment.
Bird Island, Seychelles features an Eco-lodge of 24 simple but comfortable individual chalets, nestled among the remaining coconut palms of the island’s old plantation. The chalets are dotted along the western coast of the island, overlooking the natural parkland and on, to the turquoise clear waters.
Simplicity is the keyword at Bird Island Lodge, far removed from your standard over-priced and over-pampered luxury hotel. Here, we offer unpretentious comfort – No TV, no phones, just plenty of birds, turtles and palpitatingly beautiful beaches.
- Spacious veranda.
- King sized bed with mosquito netting.
- Room fan.
- Room safe.
- Corner lounge.
- 2 sofas which double as 2 single beds.
- Large shower (solar heated).
- Hairdryer (available from reception).
- Complimentary WIFI.
At Bird Island Lodge, there is no air conditioning, no fridges, telephones and televisions in the rooms so that power usage per chalet may be kept to a minimum.
Bird Island offers a variety of activities to guests – Educating its visitors about their natural surrounds, encounters with 100 year old tortoises, turtles, dolphins and other amazing marine life; paddling across the island’s shores and taking in the mesmerising scenery, or the choice of just unwinding on the powder soft beaches. The island is yours to enjoy.
Dolphin & Whale Watching
During the calmer months of October to November, whales migrate past Bird Island and during this time the lucky few may be privileged enough to see Southern Right whales, Humpbacks and Short-finned Pilot whales.
On occasion and with a bit of luck, guests can also observe the pods of dolphins that swim in our waters. Seeing these amazing sea mammals is a once in a lifetime experience, and gives you an understanding of just how remote you are in this massive ocean!
Guided Nature Tours
Share Robbie’s enthusiasm for his beautiful Island home on one of his guided nature tours.
Starting just after breakfast, you can learn all about the flora and fauna, the nesting and courting habits of the birds, the Hawksbill turtles that visit between October and February and the thousands of hatchlings that race for the sea from December to May. Robby never falls short of interesting stories to tell, about the birds, turtles and tortoises. After so many years’ experience on the island, he has much to share.
Tortoise and Turtle Spotting
With around 20 free roaming tortoises on the island you will never run short of these placid friendly creatures to observe. The tortoises found on the island are mainly Giant Aldabra Tortoises, with Esmeralda being the oldest and heaviest of the bunch.
These ancient reptiles are mostly herbivores, feeding on grass, leaves, and various plants. They tend to eat in the mornings and evenings when it is cooler and to rest in shaded areas during the warmer periods of the day. If you are fonder of their cousins, the turtles, then you should look seaward and try out a bit of turtle spotting at Passe Coco. Here, you will often find juvenile green turtles feeding on the thalassia sea beds. If you’re lucky you may even get to swim with a few.
You can borrow all the gear you need, walk a few yards from the shore and begin your underwater exploration.
Straight off Hirondelle Beach, a 30 metres gentle swim and you will marvel at the brightly coloured coral heads and the many reef fish. It’s impossible to keep count of the number of interesting and unusual fish you will find. This underwater activity makes for a great experience at Bird Island; protected by the reef, snorkeling is easy and safe.
The best time for snorkeling is between October and April, when the sea is calm and clear. During the South East winds the sea is not usually suitable for snorkeling as the snorkeling spots are exposed to the wind making the sea choppier and visibility poor. Fortunately, swimming on the west coast in front of Bird Island Lodge is unaffected, as this part of the island is sheltered from the South Easterly winds during this time of year and the sea is usually fairly calm.
Snorkeling gear at Bird Island Lodge is complimentary. Just ask at reception.
For a little fun or some light exercise, we offer our two-person kayak. Perfect for a slow paddle across the bay or a determined circum-navigation.
Kayaking is a fantastic way of getting close to the marine life in our surrounding waters, and also allows you to enjoy Bird Island’s beautiful coastline. Looking down into the clear blue shallows, you can follow the occasional turtle, octopus, stingray or watch the many colourful fish as they swim about the reef. Kayaking can be enjoyed by everyone but before heading out, it is essential to have basic paddling skills for a safe, fun and injury free experience.
Bird Island has excellent shore fishing for fly fisherman and for shore casting. Try fishing from the beach and from our reef flats, where it is possible to catch Bonefish and Trevally!
Fly-fishing is allowed free of charge. Clients must provide their own equipment.
If you would like to taste your catch, the kitchen is happy to prepare your prize for lunch or dinner.
Cuisine & Dining
At the centre of Bird Island Lodge is a restaurant, bar and lounge offering a pleasant and cool daytime retreat. All meals are served in the open-sided restaurant, overlooking the lawn towards the sea.
In keeping with the island’s approach to offering an authentic island experience, the cuisine is fresh and wholesome and is served by the lodge’s 100% Seychellois team. Fish caught from our surrounding waters and organic home grown fruits and vegetables supplement the restaurant’s tasty meals.
- The restaurant is buffet style and serving mainly authentic local cuisine.
- Dress Code – Smart casual.
- We cater for vegetarians. The lodge must be advised of any requirements during the reservation stage of your booking.
The Bar & Lounge
A mere stone’s throw from West Beach, our relaxed bar and lounge is the obvious place to enjoy an afternoon tea or a pre-dinner cocktail, within earshot of the waves lapping the shore.
Let our barman whip you up an enticing cocktail, or why not experience one of our local brews. Let any tensions dissolve here, as you catch up with friends made on the island. For keen pool players or those who just want a bit of fun, a pool table can be found in lounge.
Feel a thousand miles from anywhere as you walk along or relax on our powder soft, pure white beaches.
With over 5 kilometres of heavenly beaches, Bird Island proves to be an ideal getaway. You will find some of the best beaches here, not only for their soft white sands stretching out to beautiful turquoise waters but also for the serenity that they offer. You will never find a crowded beach on Bird Island; always leaving you the opportunity to experience one all to yourself.
Whether you love beachcombing, sunbathing, snorkeling or just enjoying the view, there is always a beach on Bird Island to satisfy your desires; from Sooty Tern Point and Hirondelle Beach, to Passe Coco Beach and many more.
- Sooty Tern Point (North Point Beach).
- Hirondelle Beach.
- Marie France’s Beach.
- Passe Coco Beach.
- Crested Tern Beach.
- West Beach.
- Hawksbill Beach.
“Beautiful small island with hotel, delicious food. The biggest attraction of the island ( for children and adults) are turtles and birds of course. Go at evening to the seaside and watch crabs. We have been there by yacht.” –Juliia S
“Stunning unspoilt beaches and turquoise warm waters makes this a beautiful place for a relaxing holiday. Nothing to do except swim, snorkel & enjoy the wildlife. Accommodation takes the form of simple basic beach ‘huts’ (no TV or air con) but they are a good size & clean. Food is freshly cooked comprising mainly fish & chicken. Staff are friendly & helpful.
This is not a luxury island so would not suit everyone, but if you are looking for a Robinson Crusoe experience, this is probably for you!” –I0it2DrBob
“Visited with 3 friends. What a magical place – peace, calm and your very own island. It’s not about luxury so don’t expect 5 star facilities but it’s so much more. The food is homely and plentiful but make sure you are on time. Everyone has their own chalet which is open to the odd bird visiting as the roof isn’t sealed. You can walk all the way round the island easily and you may be lucky enough to see turtles. The kayaks are great to explore round the island and to view sea life. If you get the chance go it’s wonderful.” –Highkit