Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

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Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve
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Nature & Wildlife Areas • Forests • Valleys
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Roi Eshel
Bat Yam, Israel997 contributions
Like entering the movie set of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"
Jul 2021
I grew up on the classic film "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids". I envied the kids that could experience their garden as a wild forest. Given that I am 6.2 ft it is a feeling that was very foreign to me. I finally got my wish when I entered the realm of Vallee de Mai.
You walk on paths under gigantic trees that make you feel tiny. The atmosphere is calm and amazing. You can take either a tour guide or walk the paths on your own.
We walked without a guide and simply enjoyed the quite and awe of nature.

Two FYIs:
* The paths contain stairs so all you people with bad knees be aware.
* It is advisable to bring your mosquito repellent to avoid any mosquito bites
Written 17 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

igw21
Doha, Qatar30 contributions
Great family experience, a guide is recommended
May 2021
We visited Vallee de Mai during May 2021. For my wife and me it was the third time to visit, but for our 4-year old daughter it was the first time. We "did our homework" before coming and had arranged a personal guide, Josepha, to show us around.
I would highly recommend visiting with a guide in general, and with Josepha in particular. Without a guide there's so much to miss, both in terms of what to look out for, but also in terms of understanding this unique eco system.
Written 19 June 2021
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Great experience! Guide highly recommended
May 2021
Vallee de Mai is a must if you travel to Seychelles. Private tour is highly recommended. We had Josepha as our guide. She was very knowledgable and we would have missed much without her. We learned so much for the nature of Vallee de Mai but also about the history of Seychelles.

An amazing experience with an amazing guide!
Written 18 June 2021
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EBKATL
Atlanta, GA2 contributions
Request Jesse for a tour!
Jun 2021
The wonderful Ms. Jesse gave us a tour at Valee de Mai and it was incredible. She was informative, friendly, funny, and fun (she got a kick out of us too). We highly recommend that you request her should you have the opportunity to visit this beautiful preserve.

Pryor and Jared
Written 18 June 2021
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katha91_01
San Francisco, CA51 contributions
Beautiful, but overpriced
Jun 2021
Beautiful park with great nature. Paths are well taken care of. Quite overpriced though (compared to other comparable sites on the island like Fond Ferdinand for example).

What really bothered us, however, is that guides - despite spending time with many groups every day - are not required to wear masks or keep distance. So it didn't feel safe to take a guide for us.
Written 14 June 2021
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Dalia R
Munich, Germany10 contributions
great place
May 2021
It's a very nice place to visit while on Praslin. Even if you can see Coco de mer palm trees all over the island, it is the only place where you could see the black parrot and the bronze gecko. We took a guide who explained us a little bit about the palm trees around and it was totally worth it. 1000 rupees seemed a bit much at the beginning but you get a lot of information which I think it's a shame to loose.
Written 5 June 2021
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Svitlanka Sergiichuk
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine265 contributions
Time machine takes you to Jurassic park
May 2021 • Couples
This park is definitely a must visit on Praslin. The forest used to be there 80 mln years ago when Seychelles have been a part of a larger continent. The continent is no longer there for millions of years, but the forest is! The plants are still giants, huge 5 meter long palm leaves and iconic Coco de Mer coconuts... loved it!

By the way, there are lots of tables with information around the forest trails. So I think having a guide is not a must. You can disregard the guides trying to chase you at the entrance :)
Written 22 May 2021
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Jan V
Sofia, Bulgaria6,236 contributions
Unique tree within poorly organized site
May 2021 • Friends
Though the natural reserve is a must see, I could say it was a boring, overpriced tropical forest with basic infrastructure. For $22 entry I expected more in terms of organization, approachability and storytelling. Coco de mer is unique, but the place not.
Written 16 May 2021
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Maurizio3030
Cairo, Egypt1,516 contributions
Beautiful jungle to walk through
May 2021 • Couples
A cool spot to visit. Easy to get to as it is is in the middle of Praslin. The road is tight but you can not miss it. They have 3 trails to take. We took the short 1 saw lots of plants and heard birds saw a few. All in all it was nice to get some shade on a hot day. Lots of guides available but at a cost and not really necessary. It is a little pricey but it goes to the restoration of the park and corral reeds so worth it. Sadly my pics are on my wife's phone
Written 11 May 2021
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Tanya G
Dubai, United Arab Emirates27 contributions
Giant Jungle with a great guide!
Apr 2021
A great national park with some of the tallest palms I've ever seen, you feel so tiny walking through this jungle, marveling at the giant leaves high up above.

We paid approx. 350 scr for our entry ticket (20 euro), this goes towards the upkeep of the national park, conservation efforts, etc. There are reviews that this is too dear, but it is similar to what you pay at any national park in the US so I found it reasonable.

We also paid separately for a guided tour, hiring Francis for 1000 scr (60 euro) with the cost split between our group of 3. The tour lasted around 1 hour, he talked to us about the part, conservation & history, the animals inside the jungle, and most importantly the coco de mer! Fun and detailed we could stop for a few photos and chat easily!

After the tour you are left in the part to further explore the trails or take photographs.
Without a guide you are simply walking through the jungle, beautiful with without information.

A very interesting and shaded activity, away from the beach and up in the hills for once! Easy level well marked trail, minimal stairs and incline, all levels accessible.
Written 25 April 2021
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