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Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

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Address: Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
Phone Number: +248 4 236 220
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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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Nature in all its glory

A UNESCO world heritage site it comprises about 20% of the island. A 45 minute walk exposes one to all of the local flora and fauna including the double coconuts prevalent around... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A UNESCO world heritage site it comprises about 20% of the island. A 45 minute walk exposes one to all of the local flora and fauna including the double coconuts prevalent around the island. Home to the black parrot and other unique bird life it is for nature and non-nature lovers alike.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is good to visit this park and see all the palms and other plants face to face. Nearly all the time you are hidden from the sun. The track was pleasant and not difficult. The entrance fee for 1 adult is 350 SCR.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited April 2016. My husband and I were staying in Mahe and planned a day trip to La Digue and Praslin. Yes, we crammed a lot into one day for sure. Biked around La Digue and visited two beaches followed by lunch. Then took the ferry to Praslin. Took a cab from the port to the nature reserve. Got there... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park shouldn't be missed, if you admire the natural heritage of the Seychelles. Actually classified as an UNESCO World Heritage site, it features (palm)trees and plantlife found nowhere else. The palm trees are huge, leaves as big as a man. You can also find many iconical 'Coco de Mer' trees there. It has several lengthy trails, well kept although... More 

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SIF M, Public Relations Manager at Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and we are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Vallée de Mai. The paid guides found at the entrance to the park are actually private guides, but SIF does offer free guided tours at 9am and 2pm daily. These can be invaluable in learning more about the forest and of course spotting the wildlife.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic feeling to walk in a forest of all palm trees. To get to see the huge coco del mer was of course stunning.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a quick visit to this green paradise while we where on a trip of this island, so the cost of the ticket for the entrance was include. I recommend to visit it so you can see the symbol of this island: the coco de mer. I also suggest to don't go alone because it will seems boring, much... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The 2 hours of visit for the biggest loop were nice and quiet during lunch time protected from the sun by the amount of trees and large leaves. The price is too high, don't make it a tourist trap.

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SIF M, Public Relations Manager at Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Vallée de Mai. We are sorry that you felt the entrance fee was too high. These financial contributions are extremely important to SIF and go towards the management and protection of both UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Seychelles, the Vallée de Mai and Aldabra Atoll. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The park is impressive and astonishing. We liked it a lot to go through it but were also happy that we took part in a tour that a woman offered in front of the park. Since the employees of the park knew her, we trusted her and booked a tour with her as well. But first of all we had... More 

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SIF M, Public Relations Manager at Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Vallée de Mai and had a good experience with the guide you hired. The paid guides are private tour guides, but there are also two free tours provided daily by SIF, at 9 am and 2 pm. We are sorry that you were not aware of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent some two hours at the Vallee de Mai, taking the longest trail that is projected with 3 hours walking time. We did not really rush but did not took too much time as well. Reason is that all you can see is palm trees. Small, medium, big and very big... The trail was fairly easy to walk and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We planned our visit to the Seychelles to coincide with the Creole festival but e feared that Praslin may not have planned to celebrate that event. The vallee de mai did not disappoint as everyday in the last week of October 2016 it put on various events as part of the Creole Festival. We were made really welcome and we... More 

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