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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.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good32%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“black parrot” (86 reviews)
“coco de mer” (188 reviews)
“entrance fee” (35 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"
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"coco de mer"
in 188 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 35 reviews
"world heritage site"
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"palm trees"
in 41 reviews
"guided tour"
in 32 reviews
"unique place"
in 8 reviews
"garden of eden"
in 18 reviews
"free tour"
in 10 reviews
"rainy day"
in 8 reviews
"flora and fauna"
in 12 reviews
"jurassic park"
in 8 reviews
"snails"
in 10 reviews
"local guide"
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"fruit"
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"natural park"
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"two hours"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Quite expensive for what it is. Mainly palms and sadly we didn’t see any black parrots. Definitely get a guide, it drags on a bit but you would miss a lot doing it yourself. We did the long walk and wasn’t too strenuous but suitable...More

Thank Eady89
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

entry fee 350 rupees is quite high to see a bunch of palms and large coconuts. basically that’s all you can see there. and some birds. which is nice but the price is too high for the value the longest route takes like 1h maybe...More

Thank Martin B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just absolutely WOW! You HAVE to get one of the guides! Stick around to gather more people to split the costs of the guide. But without them you will miss 95% of what the whole Vallee de Mai is actually about. Our guide was super...More

Thank LadyDtravel
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nature Reserve is one of my favorite places in Praslin, an excellent place to know Coco de Mer, the sexiest coco in the world! :) Don't miss it.

Thank Ceci D
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Vallee De Mai is a natural reserve listed in Unesco World Heritage Site.The forest is the shelter for the famous Coco De Mer-the largest nut. In addition to this, one can view the rare big palm trees. Beside this, we were fortunate to see the...More

Thank praloysengupta
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A forest in a "paradise" place must have something special no !? It's the case... This exceptional forest would be a rest of Gondwana supercontinent. So maybe the oldest one ! They suppose that, at the moment the continents have been separated, Seychelles stayed in...More

Thank Gil40100
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took the local bus from our hotel to visit the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. Good value excursion (25 euros each) to this rainforest site with Coco de Mer palms. We used the services of a guide (10 euros each) who took us round and...More

Thank Reads23
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is really a must visit...the guide is such a sweetheart n she knows what she is talking about...we reached here in the afternoon and the guided tour had already begun but luckily we met them n the tour was really fruitful...we were able...More

Thank Shipra P
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

We were deciding whether to go to Fond Ferdinand or Vallee de Mai. They both sounded good but our driver explained the difference. Fond Ferdinand is cheaper but it's further to get there, trails are more difficult, you have a higher climb and also he...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Well worth a vist but you should be prepared for rough climb and try to get to the top. If you are not in a rush you will catch sight of all the unique flora and fauna. Try to avoid the extortionate taxi fares by...More

Thank Sam S
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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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