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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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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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good32%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“black parrot” (88 reviews)
“coco de mer” (199 reviews)
“entrance fee” (36 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
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+248 4 236 220
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"black parrot"
in 88 reviews
"coco de mer"
in 199 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 36 reviews
"unesco site"
in 13 reviews
"palm trees"
in 43 reviews
"guided tour"
in 34 reviews
"unique place"
in 8 reviews
"free tour"
in 11 reviews
"garden of eden"
in 18 reviews
"rainy day"
in 8 reviews
"local guide"
in 9 reviews
"jurassic park"
in 9 reviews
"flora and fauna"
in 11 reviews
"snails"
in 11 reviews
"fruit"
in 24 reviews
"natural park"
in 8 reviews
"interesting facts"
in 7 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Haze101
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The nature park is a nice attraction. It took us 40 minutes to finish the path. We took some good pics. You can choose to have a guide if you want. Worth a visit if you like birds and some different attractions.

Thank BraemarTj
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice little park and apparently one of the smallest world heritage sites in the world. At the entrance freelance guides will try to sell you a guided walking tour for 10 Euro per person. They try to sell it you in a...More

Thank Daniel G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is beautiful - a great walk through the forest and they have a beautiful viewpoint. You get to see the giant nuts - it's 350 Scr per person for entry

Thank Anahita A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Apparently this huge coco de mer only exists on two island of the Seychelles and nowhere else in the world. The reserve is a nice 1,5 hour visit so perfect if you are on the island and want to do something different besides being on...More

Thank gtschulting
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Kids and friend doesn’t want a guide. So I bought two Nice books in the little shop. Perfect alternative. You need to start your tour with a nice cup of espresso in the café and end with a delicious chilled vanilla ice or banana ice...More

Thank LBood
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Make sure that you have sturdy hiking boots on and take some water with you...not recommended for anyone with mobility troubles!

Thank Kevin F
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think this is the one and only place in Seychelles to see Coco de Mer aka Giant Coconut. Local guide price is about 200SCR (upon to number of your group my group is 8 people) and she gave many useful information with fluent english...More

1  Thank Thanitps
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Vallée de Mai is a natural park in Praslin Island, a good example of equatorial forests, where remnants of the Seychelles Islands original palm trees are located. There is in that park a lot of the legendary Coco de Mer trees under the protection of...More

1  Thank periandro
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shirley t
9 August 2018|
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Response from Uli S | Reviewed this property |
Sorry cannot andere this question. There have been different Tour Guides depending on the languages
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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
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