A five-minute boat ride from Mahébourg leads to tiny, coral Île aux Aigrettes (Egret Island), where the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation have attempted to re-create Mauritius as it was four hundred years ago by removing invasive plants and reintroducing endangered native flora and fauna. A visit lasts around two hours, and includes a walk with an informative ranger and a drink at a wooden café-shop hidden in the forest. Giant Aldabra tortoises can be seen lumbering under the canopy, and it’s the best place to see pink pigeons living in the semi-wild. You may also spot Telfair’s skink and the Mauritian fody. The entrance fee goes into conservation.