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Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

#4 of 32 things to do in Praslin Island Features Animals
Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
+248 4 236 220
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Dense palm forest

Beautiful palm forest, having a huge population of Coco de Mer palms along with black parrots and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ahmedabad, India
Forest walk

Visited the nature reserve as part of a tour group. We had a knowledgable and interesting guide who... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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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 good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“coco de mer” (149 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
+248 4 236 220
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful palm forest, having a huge population of Coco de Mer palms along with black parrots and various geckos . Our group was lucky enough to sight several black parrots. There are covered hiking trails throughout the national park, and in the monsoons, you might...More

Thank Shivnamaj
Reviewed 6 days ago

Visited the nature reserve as part of a tour group. We had a knowledgable and interesting guide who provided us with a lot of information. The walk through the reserve was very interesting - plenty of endemic plants to see. We were lucky enough to...More

Thank ZinamonKveen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First of all: the Park is beautiful and worth the visit. Second: as the trails are short and the price doesn't include a guide, US$ 10,00 would be a fair price, not almost US$ 30,00 each person. Third: there was no printed material in spanish...More

Thank FlaOka
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good to visit with tour guide. Very interesting information about endemic plants and animals. ..........................::.:::::

Thank Helmut K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Staff recommended a guided tour but we decided to walk the routes at our own pace. The guides we heard along our walk surprised us with fluency in german; french and english were expected. The paths are well put together, but walking them all in...More

1  Thank Antti_karpaasi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great park for few hours. Easy trekking. Incredible palm trees and other plants. Well maintained pathways. Expensive entrance fees

Reviewed 24 May 2017

This is really something you need to see when you are on Praslin. The size of the plants is incredible! Feels a bit like you were scaled down to Smurf-Size :) It´s also good to go there with young children because you have a lot...More

Thank originalemanuel
Reviewed 20 May 2017

This is a must see if you are on Praslin Island. If you go you should defenetly get a guided tour, they can show you lots of interesting stuff, otherwise you`re just walking in a forest. We had Dora as our guide and we were...More

1  Thank Oana T
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Full walk takes about one hour with a guide to explain the trees and critters. Incredibly hot and humid in May although the trees did prevent us from being soaked by one of their pre monsoon downpours. Really interesting.

Thank Greeklover20
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Expensive entry fee but still worth going. This tropical forest is really different from others we had been to and it was pretty amazing to walk through it in the shade and also at some point underneath the tropical rain though the amazing huge leaves...More

Thank Chris77CH
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Hi guys, is difficult hiking to the top,where is nice view?
14 March 2017|
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Response from holidaylover55 | Reviewed this property |
Not at all.
Question? I can't find how much the entrance fees are anywhere? Do you remember how much it is to get into the park? Per person...
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!