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Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

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Address: Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
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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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Entrance is a bit steep but a nice experience

So the only reason i haven't rated this 5 is that the entrance fee is too steep , unfortunately didn't spot the black parrot :) . It s good reserve , the highlight being the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Milwaukee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a wonderful place! Going back on time in a wonderful forest! I recommend to take a local guide, if not you will loose a lot of what means this ecosystem. It's expensive fee, but you also support conservation at Aldabra, and come on, is for Conservation!

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So the only reason i haven't rated this 5 is that the entrance fee is too steep , unfortunately didn't spot the black parrot :) . It s good reserve , the highlight being the biggest nut in the world - coco de mer . we took the shortest trail since we had an infant with us. The staff is... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It was just like travelling back in time to the jurassic world. Trees, plants, animals, everything look so exotic and unique. "Coco de mer"'re all over the place and they're so huge! Nice ambience. Try to spend a day so that you cover the whole Reserve and relax. So green and fresh.

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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A beautiful palm forest. A nice walk to see coco de mer male and female plants. There are also some animals and if you are lucky you will see the black parrot too.

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Getting to the nature Park is very easy with the local bus. Once there, one must pay entry fee to get inside -350 SCR. One can see the rich vegetation that the island has to offer. Home to the Coco de mer which grows only at two places in the world! One can enjoy the shade from the hot sun... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw one black parrot and 500 trees that look exactly the same. Complete tourist trap and just way too expensive at 350 SCR. Waste of time and money. They have little to no information throughout the trail so unless you hire a guide (which I didn't cause this was expensive enough) its basically just a random pleasant walk, which is... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback on your visit to the Vallée de Mai and we are sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit and felt the entrance fee was too high. Some of the wildlife can be hard to spot in the dense forest and you need an expert eye to see it. There are actually two free guided tours... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, the entrance is expensive (350 r) and yes it is just a forest (or jungle?), but it is really beautiful and well organized and maintained. Just get there at 9am or 2pm so you can get the free tour. The paths are well maintained and marked. There are a few viewpoints. We went for the 2pm tour and it... More 

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Mahe Island, Seychelles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A really worthwhile trip. We had such a good time and the kids loved looking for all the little creatures.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have time you have to visit Valle de Mai. Although the coco de mai and the black parrot are the highlights ,but its not only that. Just walking in the place will take you back on time, seeing the giant trees and the differnt creatures (birds, insects and reptiles) is something you can't explain. There are 3 diffrent... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Nature Reserve had provided a lot of palm species for observe. "Coco de Mer" was one of the star in this Nature Reserve. This place is a great place for strolling around by the trails after you had finished with beach things.

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