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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 357.73*
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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” (76 reviews)
“coco de mer” (171 reviews)
“entrance fee” (35 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
+248 4 236 220
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Hi, Visited this place in Nov. 2017 and it was nice to se the Coco de Mai palm trees in the natural enviroment. We had a good tour guide and leared alot. Have a nice vacation.

Thank DK_Viking
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great to visit and see this site where the coco de mere can never be seen anywhere in the world. Lovely walk and to see such huge palms and the black parrot that also can never be viewed anywhere else in the world. A must...More

Thank Liesel R
Reviewed 1 week ago

To be honest, you could find plenty of places like this on the Praslin Island where you don't need to pay 23 EURO in order just to see some palms. For example you can follow one of the trails to the Lazio or Georgette beach...More

1  Thank Sergiy K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent about 1.5 hours on our walk and we were able to see most everything. The giant palms were beautiful and provided a lot of shade on the walk. The coco de mer are huge nuts the grow on the trees and interesting to...More

Thank Travelfunwhynotu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A place to walk in the palm tree forest, where the rain or the sun don’t reach you. Easy paths of different lenghts are well marked, and you get a good map at the entrance. It is mostly palms though, and some birds, and not...More

Thank Tore S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With boat transfer from La Digue. You can pay the transfer on the spot at the harbor with 20 Euro’s pp. (bring exact change). The entrance for the park is 700 SCR + fee for the guide (an extra 150 SCR pp). So it is...More

Thank Pbarrez
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found this quite expensive. Much of the park looked the same. It was nice walking around in the shade out of the sun though. I would advise getting a guide. We didn’t but wish we had, as we feel we may have missed things....More

Thank Matt S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We made a day trip to Praslin from Mahe, and we totally could have skipped this place. There's hardly anything to this place (unless you are very passionate about Coco de mer and how it grows) and many folks that we met inside also vehemently...More

Thank Prashant B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don’t worry if you go there on a very hot day, because you’ll see almost no sun in there. Wear proper shoes, not flip flops. We picked the longest trail (it said 3 hours), but we were finished in 40 minutes. We felt like being...More

Thank vesna s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Coco de Mer trees grow the largest nut in the Plant Kingdom. The fronds of the juvenile palm are also impressive - up to 9’x15’. Give about 1.5 to 2 hours for leisurely hiking and enjoying this tropical forest. Lunch at the associated cafe was...More

Thank thesmoths
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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!