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Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve
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$354.30*
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Full-Day Praslin and La Digue by Boat and Bus...
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 7, 2014

....not a big thrilling adventure either. We were quiet excited to come and see the jungle but besides a lot of palm trees and fallen off leafes, a few spiders and maybe 3-5 birds and some little tiny water rivers going through the woods, that was about it. We were glad that we went and it was interesting, but also the description of the three trails by the assistants in the beginning were not as challenging as the guide mentioned. We took the longest route which was supposed to take 3 hours, but in the end of the day we made it within 1 hour and we were not really walking that fast....you have to pay 20 Euros each for entering the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve which is ok to keep the place alive, but maybe we were expecting to see more different things i guess than the few different plants explained....

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SIF M, Public Relations Manager at Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2014

Dear Energyseeker,

Thank you for your review of the Vallée de Mai and we are glad that you enjoyed your visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The entrance fees that you paid are crucial to the protection and management of not only this site but also the remote Aldabra Atoll, the Seychelles’ other UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both of these sites are places of exceptional beauty with many endemic plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. The entrance fees you pay go towards supporting these two sites and we thank you for that. We are sorry that you did not feel that you saw many things on your visit. It is a shame that you were not able to take advantage of our free guided tours with SIF staff members as I am sure you would have been able to see many more of the natural life that the Vallée de Mai hosts and make some exciting discoveries. In such a dense environment it can be difficult to see some of the wildlife if your eyes are not trained but if you take the trails slowly and stop often the wildlife will often come to you! Thank you again for your visit and we hope to welcome you back in the future.

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Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

It is an UNESCO heritage site . The natural environment is very well preserved. You get to see lot of coco de mer coconut trees. Its the speciality of this park. There are other rare species of Flora and fauna here. Its a good hike which makes you appreciate how mesmerizing natural beauty is. Its a must visit when in Praslin.

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Reviewed February 21, 2014

Ask for Shawn as your guide and allow yourself 2+ hours to explore this wonderful nature reserve. We absolutely loved our visit and having a great guide was the difference between seeing a well protected reserve and stepping back in time to when the earth was young.

Yes the Coco de Mare is impressive (or very impressive) but honestly seeing it in it's natural habitat and understanding the ecology and the evolution put it into perspective and allowed us to enjoy what we saw even more.

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Reviewed February 20, 2014

Very good exercise for the entire family. The tour must be taken with an expert or tour guide in order to experience the forest. The forest is home of the most exquisite forestry bird and plant life.

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Reviewed February 19, 2014

Vallee de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre in the heart of Praslin National Park, is located in the middle of Praslin island and makes for a great trip when you need half a day away from the beach. Home of the Seychelles' famous Coco de Mer (a species of rare palm tree which is endemic only to the Seychelles and is the bearer of the largest nut in the world), Vallee de Mai is a must visit if you are lucky enough to find yourself on Praslin. The walk, which takes about an hour if you are inquisitive, takes you through a canopy of palm trees unlike any place I've ever experienced.

Vallee de Mai is well worth the pricey admissions fee, and you can catch the public bus (which costs about 50 cents per person) right to the entrance. There are lockers for visitors to leave their belongings in, as well as a cafe and gift shop. There are also coco de mer nuts on display, which you can hold for the obligatory photo-ops.

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