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Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

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Address: Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
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One of Seychelles' two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this ancient forest is...

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 organised and nice path through many trees and nature. Do not expect to find too many birds unless you are alone and vet quiet. Coconuts and other local endemic plants are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Batya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very organised and nice path through many trees and nature. Do not expect to find too many birds unless you are alone and vet quiet. Coconuts and other local endemic plants are fascinating.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I think visiting Vallee de Mai nature reserve is definately worth the money even though some may think of it pricey. With the price they help to preserve this reserve as well as another UNESCO heritage site Aldabra atoll which does not bring any income the foundation that protects both these wonderful nature areas. At the time of my visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go early & stay as long as you can. This UNESCO Heritage Site is truly amazing. The brochure says "millions of years of isolation have enabled many unique species to develop in this forest" and it feels like you are walking back in time. The size of the trees and leaves will shock you, and they make the forest quite... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go early during the week there are two guided tours, one at 9am and the other at 2pm, free! If you miss this, take a guide with you, it is worth it. He/She will explain what you see, otherwise everything look the same to you!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really a special place. My advise is to get their early in the morning it opens at 09:00. Then you can experience the true beauty and the sounds. It is my second time I have visited. The oversized palms are truly magnificent , plus the earthy smells. You need about 2 hours to see the place . Watch out for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved walking through here on our honeymoon and would definitely recommend getting a guide at the entrance. Our guide added so much and was incredibly knowledgeable. You only need trainers, not walking boots as the paths are very well maintained and looked after. After the guided tour we went off exploring by ourselves for some time and climbed up... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would say pass, unless you are a total nature lover. There lots of bugs especially during rainy season and you will get devoured by mosquitoes. Its nice to see the Coco de mer palm trees and walk as if you are in the rain forest but that is about it. If you have time to waist, if not spend... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a wonderful place! Going back on time in a wonderful forest! I recommend to take a local guide, if not you will loose a lot of what means this ecosystem. It's expensive fee, but you also support conservation at Aldabra, and come on, is for Conservation!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

So the only reason i haven't rated this 5 is that the entrance fee is too steep , unfortunately didn't spot the black parrot :) . It s good reserve , the highlight being the biggest nut in the world - coco de mer . we took the shortest trail since we had an infant with us. The staff is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

It was just like travelling back in time to the jurassic world. Trees, plants, animals, everything look so exotic and unique. "Coco de mer"'re all over the place and they're so huge! Nice ambience. Try to spend a day so that you cover the whole Reserve and relax. So green and fresh.

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