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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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Well worth a visit.

Spent a few hours here today. Very interesting but I advise you do the guided tour as you would... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Janet M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Nice free tour.

Enterance costs 350rp and includes a partial guided tour, about one hour in the start of the trail... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Patrik P
via mobile
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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” (72 reviews)
“coco de mer” (159 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
+248 4 236 220
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Spent a few hours here today. Very interesting but I advise you do the guided tour as you would miss so much valuable information if going alone. We didn't see the black parrot but many wild life species were pointed out to us. 50 €...More

Thank Janet M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enterance costs 350rp and includes a partial guided tour, about one hour in the start of the trail. Worth joining it and you get good info. From there you can continue by youself one of three routes. Or them all, which takes around 4hours Terrain...More

Thank Patrik P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Frankly I think this place is overrated. It's probably popular for the fact that there is nothing to do in Praslin. The walk was very short and you will be done is less than 2 hours. The variety of flora n fauna isn't as impressive...More

Thank Edmund W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

....you are looking for something to do instead of batheing. Guides are quite good (separate payement). I don't know if I'd suggest such a visit.

Thank Thunderboccia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You need around 1-2 hours here maximum. Walking is easy and there is lot's to see. Guides are available at the entrance for a really sensible price and I would strongly recommend taking one as you will miss so much without. Our guide was pointing...More

Thank Iain C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's great to see something so diverse and unique - the huge palm trees, the coco de mer and other different plants you will never see anywhere else in the world. We saw the Seychelles Bulbul, but could not spot the Black Parrot (It is...More

Thank teenakuriakose
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the walk with our guide. She gave a lot of very interesting and informative facts and stories. She really had a good knowledge of the Vallee. The walk was easy even if it was terribly hot.

Thank Diane_Guevremont
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice natural park in the heart of praslin where you can admire lots of coco de mer! If you are Italian ask for Vincenzo! Perfect guide!

Thank Gianluca M
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We went there during a tour on last 29 of July. This is one of the 2 world heritage places in Seychelles and it is definitely worth a visit. The forest is very beautiful and we can see and get information about the famous and...More

Thank lucasousa
Reviewed 17 August 2017

A must see for all visitors to the Seychelles. Very interesting tour provided by Patricia of Masons Travel and we got to see not one, not two but three Black Parrots in flight and we are told that to see one is quite rare... never...More

Thank kirkc999
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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!