Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, Praslin Island

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Must see · World heritage site · Forest · Valley
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A World Heritage Site and island nature park, Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve offers a set a pleasant hikes through its virgin forest. Thickly blanketed with protected palm forests, the valley is one of only two locations in the world where the double nut coco de mer grows in the wild. Take your pick from three hiking trails, treading pristine paths surrounded by untouched forest--a rare example of such undisturbed nature and a prime spot for bird-watching. Hikes vary between 1 and 2 km (0.6 and 1.2 mi), with guided tours available throughout the morning. Keep your eye out for the endangered black parrot that calls the lush green canopies home. Add Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve to your Praslin Island travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Praslin Island tour itinerary planner.
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  • Very interesting and amazing place to learn a lot about the Seychelles flora and forna and of course the incredible Coco dr Mare 
    Very interesting and amazing place to learn a lot about the Seychelles flora and forna and of course the incredible Coco dr Mare  more »
  • This natural reserve is worth a visit, home of the world famous Coco de Mer and black parrot which are unique to the Seychelles. Great walk in the forest surrounded by green wonders. 
    This natural reserve is worth a visit, home of the world famous Coco de Mer and black parrot which are unique to the Seychelles. Great walk in the forest surrounded by green wonders.  more »
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  • First of all: it’s beautiful! But here some useful information. After checking our temperature you will be asked to walk wit a guide for 150-200 rupee in English of French. After declining that she told us we don’t see the black parrot if we don’t be guided: newsflash! We’ve seen a lot of them! Just listening for the call and falling berries and you will see the parrot. It’s is really easy to walk the long (2KM) route. We did it with stopping and making photos in 1 hour. It’s a clean and paved park for a nice morning walk!
  • My friend fell on her knee, we asked for help few times to apply the bandage but nothing was provided and we were forgotten. Assume no first aid existing here. Forest same as everywhere no black parrots in visible zone. Anyway, nice pictures can be taken.

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