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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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US$372.65*
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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.
  • 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
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Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
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+248 4 236 220
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"black parrot"
in 86 reviews
"coco de mer"
in 188 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 35 reviews
"world heritage site"
in 17 reviews
"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"
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"flora and fauna"
in 12 reviews
"jurassic park"
in 8 reviews
"snails"
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"local guide"
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"fruit"
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"natural park"
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Reviewed today 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 1 week ago

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

1  Thank yazmin182
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy access via the excellent local bus service . Accept the offer of a guide ,the official ones are fixed price and really know their stuff . On your own you would simply miss a lot of the unique and intersting info . We really...More

Thank JJCONearDerby
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's not a long tour but feels like in a real jungle with all that tropical trees, plants and animals...and coco de mer, symbol of Seychelles comes from there!

Thank Paula C
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Nice park for a walk, break from beach. 25€ entrance, chose the long trail that took 2-3 hrs round. No guide so we saw plenty more that a noisy group will. Take your camera, not just the phone... saw what we came for...

Thank Helsingborgaren
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

This very unique palm forest is actually a real '' jungle'' !! The Valleé de Mai is located at the heart of Praslin island, the pearl of this ancient forest of course is absolutely unique coco in the world - Coco de Mer. You should...More

Thank Eve_tips
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

Well worth the trip and the tour Lots of information on the tour and points out all the different types of palm as well as some wildlife (most of which you can hear but not see!!) ...and there's also the unmissable Coco de Mer photo...More

Thank Jon W
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We took the 9am free guided tour which was well worth the entrance fee (which is 100% dedicated a to conservation both here and on the atoll) to really learn about the area and the different Palms and coco de mer. The tour takes an...More

2  Thank HalKen
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Visited in Dec 2017. This place is so well kept, exceptionally clean. We hired a car for the day and drove ourselves there. There is a car park opposite with plenty of parking. The entrance has a lovely restaurant or you can buy drinks etc...More

1  Thank Sarah G
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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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