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Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

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“black parrot”(91 reviews)
“coco de mer”(206 reviews)
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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
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
+248 4 236 220
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 21 January 2006

My wife and I visited here a couple of years ago, we were staying on Mahe which is about one hour by cat coco catermaran from Mahe.One must allow a good half day to do the "walk,s through the Vallee de Mai",we were lucky enough...More

9  Thank georgert
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 14 July 2008

There is a 15 EUR per adult fee to enter the park. You will be given an information pamphlet which contains the trail map. Guided tours leave on demand and cost 10 EUR. The information pamphlet, along with information boards around the park give similar...More

6  Thank OzzieBen
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Really enjoyed our trip to Seychelles, we have been to the reserve and it was wow, so natural, so fresh and so good to remember,..

1  Thank irisdxb
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The two highlights of Vallee de Mai are the high concentration of Coco de Met native only to Praslin and Curiouse islands and the elusive and rare black parrot, the national bird of the Seychelles. Several kilometres of well marked paths and trails make this...More

Thank rickyspa1
Reviewed 6 days ago

Seychelles is a pretty expensive destination, and this is the place where you can save some money by skipping it. The tour consists of hiking the jungle and seeing the Coco de Mer. Both of them you can do it double cheaper, even for free....More

Thank B1714D
Reviewed 1 week ago

350 Seychellois rupee is too much for just walking two hours in a rain forests and seeing some coco de mer.

Thank Erton
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The pure nature was a gift for the senses. The visit in this Nature Reserve was relaxing and the diversity of unique palmes is a must see on Praslin. You can see the famous female and male Coco de Mer.

Thank GiovannaOlivia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Basically is just walk in the forest(just few seed at the beginning to show).....the entrace is about 22 euros and definitely does not worth it. If you want to see the coco de mer tree you can see it from the street and if you...More

Thank Manuel C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an absolute must see! Amazing forest of huge palm trees. There are some info panel through out the forest but I strongly raccomend a guide that you can book at the entrance. Easy walk.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting forest , however after initially seeing a couple of coco de mer trees we realised this place was literally just a walk through a forest . I became bored after 10 minutes . There’s a huge fuss and lots of excitement before entering but...More

Thank dchole
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are 2 reasons I’m not giving the Vallee de Mai 5 stars: firstly I think the entrance of Rs350 pp is a bit expensive. Secondly, we were advised to take water on the trail, but the cafe was sold out and the staff at...More

Thank 311carinas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spend a fantastic morning here.. walked the black circle.. It was raining most of the time while walking which was an ekstra dimension for the visit.. only a few drops came through but the sound of the rain was enchanting.. Our youngest (2.5 years)...More

Thank carolinew34
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shirley t
9 August 2018|
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Response from Judith-Berger | Reviewed this property |
Dear Shirley, there are no free tours Neighter in Valle de Mai nor in Fond Ferdinad
Sveccha K
28 March 2018|
Response from Judith-Berger | Reviewed this property |
You can go by bus, its easy
Sveccha K
28 March 2018|
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Response from Sarah G | 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