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Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with a guide (something we usually don't do) because of the botanical treasures in this amazing park. At the time, my walking ability was not great, but I was still able to walk the trails, even where there is an incline. Walk quietly,...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Taking a car we made our own way round the carefully prepared walkways with something for everyone. The coco de mer trees were awesome as was rage forest itself with birds in the back ground. A must do, highly recommended

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Chris A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful palm trees and world famous coco de mer. Well marked trails and easy to visit with or without guide service. Its very refreshing to visit this place on a sunny day. The entry fee is expensive. The roads near to Valle de mai are...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank preetibalarai
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent most of a day here, between rainstorms. The.park features a number of easy trails, some with a few steeper sections. All doable in flipflops, if you wanted to. It is however not a good park for strollers or wheelchairs, except for a central...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank JelleGF
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came here on a day trip the Hugh trees of the cocoa de mare are so Hugh & the size of the nuts are enormous.if it landed on your head could kill you.they look just like a naked woman from behind quite expensive to buy.was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mcguiness61
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

National park was so wonderful. Dense forest with high palms, giant coconuts calling Coco de mail, which growing a lot of years, exotic birds and we had luck, because we saw black parrot just one living in the park coco de mai, reportedly. You can...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank maniliza
Reviewed 15 February 2019

The Nature Reserve offers an opportunity to walk through the forest of Palms, especially the Coco De Mer, which is abundant here. It is a good idea to take a guide as they can help you identify interesting features of the Reserve. This is also...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank YajnaseniR
Reviewed 12 February 2019 via mobile

It's slightly expensive, but it's a good outing. The coco de mer is indeed an exotic nut, the trees aren't exactly pleasing to the eye but in general it's a nice couple of hours spent. We think we spotted the black parrot or maybe not,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Madhurafrompune
Reviewed 11 February 2019

This is of course a must visit place not just to see the famous Coco de'mer but also to learn about its history and complete lifecycle... A big thanks to our tour guide "Misa" she was amazing ; kept the entire group engaged , very...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank P_Anki1010
Reviewed 4 February 2019 via mobile

We went there yesterday with 4 friends and my husband decided to take a guide. We have enjoyed every minute of our 2 hour visit with our guide Juliette. She had made it memorable. We have learned a lot about coco de mer, vanilla, the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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shirley t
9 August 2018|
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Response from goron59 | Reviewed this property |
I think there are generally 2 free tours a day. Early morning and afternoon. The tour bit is just 40 mins or so but you can stay out in the park for longer and the ticket lasts all day.
28 March 2018|
Response from JudithBerger | Reviewed this property |
You can go by bus, its easy
28 March 2018|
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Response from J358JYsarah | Reviewed this property |
Hi, there is no time for a guided tour, there are lots of guides so you won’t have to wait long for one. Transport (bus) are excellent on the island irrelevant of where you are staying, there is plenty of bus stops and the... More