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Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

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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 yesterday

The reserve gives an opportunity for a number of walks of different length. We only went on the shortest one, but still saw some interesting plants and animals.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank uxj
Reviewed 3 days ago

A lovely 2 hour visit in this UNESCO heritage nature reserve. We took a private guide which, added to the steep entrance fee, made it an expensive, but worthwhile outing. With proper preparation one could skip the guide and still understand what one sees. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank HarryR140
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You definitely need a guide to explore valle de mai else it will be a boring trip. Also it is very expensive and not worth the visit. Nothing special in valle de mai.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 963akashb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So glad we weren't swayed by reviews saying the admission and tour guides were expensive. This was well worth the trip. It is a unique one of a kind place made even better with a guide. We used Albert and he was just terrific. You'll...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank 471Lisa_R
Reviewed 4 weeks 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,..

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rickyspa1
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank B1714D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Erton
Reviewed 4 November 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GiovannaOlivia
Reviewed 3 November 2018 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

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
28 March 2018|
Response from Judith-Berger | Reviewed this property |
You can go by bus, its easy
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