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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 6 days ago

The Vallee de Mai is a gem and must visit in Praslin. Entry fees are €35 per person, so it is advised to make the most of the visit and if physically capable, choose the 2-3 hour trail. The path itself is not difficult, but...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The only place in the world where the unique "Coco de Mere" grows naturally and there are plenty of them. Choice of short or long walks all well signposted. You can wander on your own or hire a guide. The unique black parrot is also...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PhilipT1439
Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW, simply amazing, this area is a must see. We walked in the park in 3 hours and have only 8000 steps and 27 stock levels, it’s up and down all the time. The fauna is amazing, so many different plants and things to se....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week 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 1 week 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 4 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
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Reviewed 11 November 2018

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 11 November 2018 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 9 November 2018

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
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shirley t
8 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 J358JYsarah | 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