This is a major tourist attraction for day trips. It is also called the Red Island owing to the red coloured soil on this island. Curieuse is the second place on Earth after Vallee de Mai where the Coco-de-Mer palm trees grow naturally. Curieuse is the breeding ground of giant Aldabra tortoises. A walk through the dense mangrove forests is one of the most enchanting sights past the giant granite cliffs. The Doctor’s house is a large restored colonial villa which doubles as the museum on ecology and history of Curieuse Island and can be an added attraction site. The green and hawksbill turtles nest in the beach in front of the Doctor’s house.
Location: Northwest of Praslin Island
Known for: Marine reserve, mangrove forest, Aldabra Tortoise.
Type: Marine National Park