Cousine Island


A private paradise

Cousine is a small private island surrounded by idyllic Indian Ocean waters a short distance from Praslin. Half skirted by a sugar-white sandy beach and blanketed in lush vegetation, it sits pristine after decades of restoration and hosts an elegant exclusive-use resort alongside native wildlife.

There are five French colonial-style villas, four with one bedroom opening out to ocean views and each with hand-crafted Italian furniture, infinity pools and plenty of living space. The expansive two-bedroom Presidential Villa also features a gym and outdoor bar. The whole island can accommodate up to 12 adults and six children

The Pavilion is the social hub of the island with a restaurant, freshwater swimming pool, and open-air dining and lounge areas where a culinary team and expert chef are on hand between adventure on land and sea.


At a glance

  • Four one-bedroom and one two-bedroom villas

  • Pavilion with dining area, bar and swimming pool

  • Spa, activity centre and yoga deck

  • Completely private

Cousine Island Seychelles 10



    Kayaking and paddleboarding

    Explore the tropical waters around the island and kayak or SUP as you paddle through crystal waters in search of marine life.

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    Diving and snorkelling

    Experience the Seychelles’ mesmerizing underwater biodiversity snorkelling on Cousine’s vibrant reefs. Diving can also be arranged for certified divers.

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    Hands-on conservation

    Guests are encouraged to participate in the conservation work on the island, from planting indigenous trees from our nursery, to assisting island ecologists monitor critically endangered marine turtles and birds.


Since being purchased in 1992, scores of researchers and conservationists funded by the resort have worked to bring the island back to life after decades of overexploitation. It is one of the few islands completely free of introduced mammalian predator species and other foreign flora and fauna that once threatened its delicate ecosystem.

On land, Cousine has undergone an extensive vegetation rehabilitation program, hosts a population of Aldabra giant tortoises and has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area because it supports populations of the endangered Seychelles warbler, magpie-robin and fody among others.

The waters around the island are subject to regular surveys to keep track of reef health and resilience. Hawksbill and green turtles both nest on the nest. Coral planting designed specifically to promote coral growth and provide habitat for reef and marine life is planned.


Cousine is an environmentally conscious, off-grid private island where sustainability and conservation have always been at the core of its philosophy. Supporting the restoration of the island’s ecosystem, the resort runs on a newly constructed solar power farm. Rainwater is filtered and used for showering, irrigation, and other non-potable uses while desalinating ocean water is a reliable backup system.

All biodegradable waste is composted on the possible and non-biodegradable is separated into the various recycling categories transported by boat for disposal at recycling stations on Mahé Island.

All ingredients used are sourced locally or from Cousine Island's garden supply of fruit trees, herbs and vegetables. Fresh fish is caught locally and sustainably by fisherman on Praslin and Mahé Island.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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