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Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

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Address: Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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One of Seychelles' two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this ancient forest is...

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.

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Coco de mer heaven

Full walk takes about one hour with a guide to explain the trees and critters. Incredibly hot and humid in May although the trees did prevent us from being soaked by one of their... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Greeklover20
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North Linconshire
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is really something you need to see when you are on Praslin. The size of the plants is incredible! Feels a bit like you were scaled down to Smurf-Size :) It´s also good to go there with young children because you have a lot of shade and it´s really exciting for them as well.

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Timisoara, Romania
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a must see if you are on Praslin Island. If you go you should defenetly get a guided tour, they can show you lots of interesting stuff, otherwise you`re just walking in a forest. We had Dora as our guide and we were impressed. It was a very nice experience and we learned a lot.

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North Linconshire
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Full walk takes about one hour with a guide to explain the trees and critters. Incredibly hot and humid in May although the trees did prevent us from being soaked by one of their pre monsoon downpours. Really interesting.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Expensive entry fee but still worth going. This tropical forest is really different from others we had been to and it was pretty amazing to walk through it in the shade and also at some point underneath the tropical rain though the amazing huge leaves of the high trees kept us protected and dry. We went by bus which was... More 

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Navi Mumbai, India
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was nice experience visiting this natural reserve. Seen rare coco de mer. Book a guide he will charge 1000 SCR for private and 200 SCR per person if in a group. If you have not booked a guide no issues everything inside the reserve is explained and the route is also clearly mentioned. If you want to explore yourself... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just amazing Please take a guide, they can tell you so many interesting facts you would otherwise miss Beautiful park A truly must see place If you are there - just go

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the entry is expensive it is well worth going to visit the Vallee de Mai. The Coco de Mer palms are wonderful to see but just walking through the rain forest is an amazing experience.

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Skukuza, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Vallee de Mai for a few hours one morning just as they opened, we wanted to be early to try and beat the crowds, it was after 8-30 am when then advertise they open and I went to get tickets, the lady in the office was quite rude and told me she would call when they are ready... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

our guide maria was very friendly and very informative! the 45 minutes went by far too fast!!! my family and i could have listened to her for hours!!!

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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely interesting! We had a privately guided tour. Lasted about an hour. Our guide was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Get to see various size palms , male and female , with the coco de mer . Get to hold for pictures, all stages of the coco de mer. Various birds and lizards discussed. Very nice paced relaxing, shaded walk. Food,... More 

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