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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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USD 371.06*
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Full-Day Praslin and La Digue by Boat and Bus from Mahe
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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.
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  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“black parrot” (79 reviews)
“coco de mer” (179 reviews)
“entrance fee” (33 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
+248 4 236 220
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Reviewed yesterday

A visit to this Unesco World Heritage site is a must. Your tourist dollars support conservation, research and education. The forest is incredibly lush and if you are fortunate you will spot one of less than 1000 Black Parrots found no where else in the...More

Thank 22Sam59
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a very informational and interesting facility. You can see birds and learn the history of the Coco d' Mer, the national fruit of the Seychelles. This place is very huge and believed to be the original Garden of Eden. I was a little...More

Thank divawidfevah
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place, great visit, great staff and really unique and breath taking. Like a scene out of Jurassic Park.

Thank terrymlon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place is interesting if you like to see birds and coco du mer. The forest is nice and you can, more than sure, see the black parrot an some other birds. The place is a little bit expensive for what you see. At 9:00...More

Thank Daniel-Nanboe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The forest is a lovely walk through nature. Nice descriptions throughout to help you understand what you are looking at. Definitely a worthwhile stop and visit to better know the island.

1  Thank Mary B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here as a group with a guide. Fortunately most of our party were interested in wildlife and nature so were quiet enough for us to spot several interesting species which our guide pointed out such as the Bronze Eyed Gecko, the Green Day...More

Thank Deryn H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing Coco de Mer palms and huge 16 ft tree fronds make you believe that the Vallee de Mai could have been Eden. The huge rounded granite boulders interspersed among the tropical trees are amazing. Be sure to take the path to the little hut...More

Thank librarygirrrl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed my day at Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. The trees and plants are amazing. Felt like I was in the “Land of the Giants”. I did not do the full tour, just the Paths North and Central. Bring bug spray, water and a...More

Thank Turner S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I know that this is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE site but , once again disappointed by my tour there They kept going on about the coco de mer the worlds largest nut How it is only found there and a protected species but that was...More

Thank themanthemyth1688
Reviewed 13 December 2017

The hike was fun and fast...the maps we received from the counter were easy to follow and we took the medium difficulty path. The view point was lovely. GO early in the morning to spot the Black Parrots because we couldnt in the evening and...More

Thank Sumaiya A
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14 March 2017|
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Response from holidaylover55 | Reviewed this property |
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13 March 2017|
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Response from SIF M | Property representative |
The entrance fee is SCR 350 per person, which includes access to the Vallée de Mai for the full day as well as the chance to go on a free guided tour at 9am or 2pm. Enjoy your visit!