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Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

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“black parrot”(91 reviews)
“coco de mer”(204 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
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Nice place to visit especially coming from countries with different vegetation. We visited in a rainy day and maybe because of this we have not seen a lot of animals, only some birds. The reason I give 3 stars is that it is quite expensive...More

Thank Crina T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very unique place, definitely worth visiting. Our guide Myrah made it a highly entertaining experience. She was very knowledgable and gave detailed and fun explanations about biology and history of the Coco de Mer and other species on the island.

Thank Leonie P
Reviewed 1 week ago

A chance to have good access to a palm forest and a chance to see the illusive black parrot. A number of different walking routes to suit your ability. A nice cafe when you finish. Good access by bus.

Thank Tafftraveller
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Vallee de Mai in Praslin Island, Seychelles, is a unique nature reserve in the world. It is the only place where you will find the amazing "coco de mer", a freak of nature coconut which reproduces via male and female "organs". It is also...More

Thank AlainL2071
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this was a nice walk in this preserved forest. More than just to see the coco fesse, you can enjoy a walk among large trees and thick vegetation. I wish there could be more and longer trails.

Thank laurent f
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Book a guided tour - it is more than worth it to hear about this last remaining piece of primeval forest in Mahe which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our friendly and expert guide pointed out rare black parrots, and told us the incredible...More

Thank pippa106
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This forest is stunningly beautiful. It is nearly impossible to capture its essence in either words or with a simple photograph - you simply have to see it. It is green beyond green - and then there is the way it dapples the light, plays...More

Thank KiwiTravellerinUAE
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

A must visit for sure. We arrived early and did the 9h free guide that was really good and informative (don’t go alone without one otherwise you miss much of the detail). The walk is easy even for the little ones and there are several...More

Thank Jorge F
Reviewed 17 August 2018

A beautiful rainforest with plenty of exotic birds such as the black parrot. A nice long walk through the forests is very relaxing

Thank VJ_London2World
Reviewed 15 August 2018

Ignore the reviews saying you don't need a guide and there isn't much to see! We took a guide - Juliette - and she was brilliant. Yes, the UNESCO World Heritage site is essentially a forest of huge palm trees but the history, the endemic...More

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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 divawidfevah | Reviewed this property |
The time was around 10:00 AM. I think there is another at 11:00. I would check their website, as it should be listed. I took a taxi there from the ferry. I actually hired the driver for the full day, as he drove me... More