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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
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Grande Anse, Praslin Island, Seychelles
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Nature Reserve offers an opportunity to walk through the forest of Palms, especially the Coco De Mer, which is abundant here. It is a good idea to take a guide as they can help you identify interesting features of the Reserve. This is also...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank YajnaseniR
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's slightly expensive, but it's a good outing. The coco de mer is indeed an exotic nut, the trees aren't exactly pleasing to the eye but in general it's a nice couple of hours spent. We think we spotted the black parrot or maybe not,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Madhurafrompune
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is of course a must visit place not just to see the famous Coco de'mer but also to learn about its history and complete lifecycle... A big thanks to our tour guide "Misa" she was amazing ; kept the entire group engaged , very...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank P_Anki1010
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went there yesterday with 4 friends and my husband decided to take a guide. We have enjoyed every minute of our 2 hour visit with our guide Juliette. She had made it memorable. We have learned a lot about coco de mer, vanilla, the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank Ligna
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful nature and amazing learning possibilities. Small museum; well taken care of paths and areas; a must to see while on Praslin!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 631susanneb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you wish to get a look into how the jungle looked when the dinosaurs ruled the planet, this is wort the visit. The dense forest with its enormous palm leaves and double coco nut (Coco De Mer) is impressive, but do not expect to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Niklas L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The walks that are available are truly spectacular. The bird life is a bit difficult to see but with patience you will be greatly rewarded

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tourafrisouth
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We spent an hour walking thru this very lush and serene park. We chose not to hire a guide but wish that we had. The path is easy to follow and there is a nice amount of educational information. We found ourselves asking a lot...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KurtisDeneen
Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

Such interesting things to see and learn. Would highly recommend the guided tour. So much history and learning that you won’t get from walking through the reserve without a guide. Saw quite a few Black Parrots.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank misswie
Reviewed January 14, 2019 via mobile

It was a geat experience. You can choose 3 different hikes. The north , middle or the south hike. The south is the longest, about 3 km. And the north is with the viewpoint. But it is easy to do the south when it is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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shirley t
August 8, 2018|
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Response from goron59 | Reviewed this property |
I think there are generally 2 free tours a day. Early morning and afternoon. The tour bit is just 40 mins or so but you can stay out in the park for longer and the ticket lasts all day.
March 27, 2018|
Response from JudithBerger | Reviewed this property |
You can go by bus, its easy
March 27, 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