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Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve
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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 December 8, 2014

Vallee de Mai VIdeo

This is the place to visit giant Plants. Everything is giant.

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Reviewed December 8, 2014

Wonderderful place and so many different green colours of trees, palms. not to forget the very exotic coco de mer, which only grows on the Seychelles. Definitely a must. We had a guide from Creole agency explaining the differences of anything you happen to see. We chose the shorter route as we carried on to La Digue later on. If you happen to go on your own, you can hire a guide at the park, but take your time. Very positive are the cabinets at the park entrance that you can get for any bag, that you do not want to take with you on the walk.

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Reviewed December 4, 2014

Felt like I was in Jurassic Park. The foliage was quite impressive. And to see the male and female anatomies of the coco palms were amazing.

1  Thank Dennis R
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Reviewed December 1, 2014

If you really like hikes, do not go there.

It is like botanical garden, but almost only for Coco de Mer. It is very expensive for one hour trip (and do not convince me about the second UNESCO site - atol)... They havent many explanations and marking. Shame.

Two recommendations: buy Coco de Mer (the cheapest should cost 2500 SCR, we saw only for 5000 SCR). It is more worthy... And if you are on budget, go along the road, you will see many male and female palms. It is 30 minutes to Grand Anse, you will see waterfall and small river which local company use for water.

1  Thank MarthyJ
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SIF M, Public Relations Manager at Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2014

We are sorry that you did not seem to enjoy your visit to the Vallée de Mai. There are six endemic palm trees to be seen in the Vallée de Mai, including the Coco de Mer, along with many endemic birds, geckos, insects and other interesting wildlife. If you take a free guided tour with one of the SIF guides you will learn much more about the forest and the wildlife found there. You should have also received a leaflet when you entered the forest that has more information included. In addition to this there are information panels throughout the forest that give interesting facts and information about the unique species that live there. The sales from the entrance tickets, souvenir shop and café all goes towards protecting both of Seychelles’ UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Vallée de Mai and the remote Aldabra Atoll. The Seychelles Islands Foundation is responsible for the management and protection of both of these sites, which have international value and significance. The price Coco de Mer does vary throughout Seychelles but can be higher at times due to the high demand and low availability of the nut. Our objective is to ensure the continuing regeneration of the forest by having a balance between replenishing the forest and selling the nuts as a souvenir. Many thanks for your feedback.

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Reviewed December 1, 2014

Very interesting, well laid-out. Excellent, free guided tour for 45 mins, then leaving you to explore at leisure. Well worth a visit. We took the service bus from Grand Anse, 5 rupees each, much cheaper than an organised trip and very easy.

1  Thank Diana G
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