A Natural Haven Waiting for You
The essence of North Island is the sustainable, ecologically sensitive utilisation of a precious natural treasure. After being abandoned in the 1970s following the collapse of the coconut industry and filled with intrusive species such as cows and rats, North Island undertook the ambitious challenge to restore the island to its former glory: our "Noah's Ark" programme was born.
Historically, the Great Indian Hornbill was a common sight in Seychelles, but by the mid-1960s, it had almost vanished due to hunting and habitat loss.
The Northern Seychelles Bird Club began working on a plan for its conservation around 2000.
North Island is a critically important nesting site for two sea turtle species, the Hawksbill and Green Turtle.
Monitoring and recording sea turtle nesting activity has been in place since 1998 as North Island has the highest density of nesting Green Turtle on the inner island of Seychelles.
North Island's vision is a declared Ecological Marine Reserve, further protecting the area from fishing and potentially harmful marine activities.
Since 2011, the Island's proposal for a marine reserve is supported by data collection by trained marine biologists. This quantifies the diversity and abundance of reef fish, hard and soft corals, aquatic invertebrates, and predatory species.
The monitoring is supported on a daily basis by our resident Environmentalists as well as by the Dive Centre. Guests are welcome to contribute as well.