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Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

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Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
+248 4 236 220
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USD 357.37*
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Full-Day Praslin and La Digue by Boat and Bus from Mahe
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One of Seychelles' two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this ancient forest is home to the wondrous Coco de Mer palm, which has the largest seed in the world, and many other birds, plants and reptiles, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Visiting the Vallee de Mai is a step back in time and a unique experience.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“black parrot” (77 reviews)
“coco de mer” (174 reviews)
“entrance fee” (33 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
+248 4 236 220
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a world heritage site where you need to pay to take a tour of the place. It's better to take a guided tour as the guide explains you about the forest, trees and animals which is pretty interesting. There is a small souvenir...More

Thank Basant K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a taxi from the ferry terminal, it was 200 Rupees and asked the driver to pick us back after 1 hour and 20 mins. the timing was more than enough we did the 2nd largest walk and had time to walk around the souvenir...More

Thank Miss_Gonzalez_S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very nice park with a high density of Coco de Mere palms but also a lot of other plants and trees. Easy 1-2 km walk

Thank Stellan D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the guided tour. If you want a lot of details about things, this tour gives them. If you're more like I am, and just want to see things and get an overview, I'd walk alone without the tour.

Thank Doug B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately we go a French guide, so we had to listen very carefully to understand, what she was saying. However, she spoke slowly and pronounced well. After the short tour with her, we walked most of the pathes. It was a great experience to watch...More

Thank boxfish70
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's very interessing and beautifull but it's necessary to take an expert guide to visit and understand the biological life of "the Coco de Mer" (the well known Mickael .... for example !). Without explanation (or expert knowledge on the subject) it is useless and...More

1  Thank Clisson Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Vallee de Mai, was the first place we visited in Praslin. We paid SRP 350 at the entrance of the park (ticket is valid until 5:30 pm), where we joined a walk tour which lasted for an approximately 45 min. The guide was articulate and...More

1  Thank Vanessa B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely trees and animals,the free guide (Brina) was also very funny and entertaining,I would recommend this marvelous place to visit !

Thank catrinelpopa11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This outing was a unique event in the Seychelles. Likely the only UNESCO world heritage site in the Seychelles, it was satisfying to visit. The guide was a little difficult to understand but the signage near the stops was quite informative. Obviously, the buttocks shape...More

Thank NKyAdventurer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very hot place to visit. Plenty of coco de mer and black parrots and other things of interest. Not as good as the botanical gardens on Mahe. Look for the waterfall which is a hidden gem.

Thank Alan F
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14 March 2017|
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Response from holidaylover55 | Reviewed this property |
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13 March 2017|
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Response from SIF M | Property representative |
The entrance fee is SCR 350 per person, which includes access to the Vallée de Mai for the full day as well as the chance to go on a free guided tour at 9am or 2pm. Enjoy your visit!