Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, photo by Wikimedia Commons
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve (photo by Wikimedia Commons)
 

Vallee de Mai is a national park, located on the small island of Praslin in northeastern Seychelles.

 

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known especially for its intact primeval palm forests.  One of them, the coco de mer, produces the largest seed in the plant kingdom.

 

The palm forests are home to an a diverse range of endemic species, including the black parrot, restricted to Praslin Island and dependent on the Vallée de Mai and surrounding palm forest.

 

Other unique bird species can be found, as well as reptiles, amphibians, and several freshwater fishes.

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Roche Kerlan Apartments

Offering a barbecue and terrace, Roche Kerlan Apartments is situated in Praslin in the Praslin Region, 7 km from Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. Free private parking is available on site and unlimited WiFi is available at a daily surcharge. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$112

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Butterfly Villas

Situated just a 2-minute walk from Anse Kerlan Beach, Butterfly Villas offers self-catering apartments with a shared garden and private terraces with outdoor seating. They also come with air conditioning. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$75

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La Petite Maison

Featuring a garden with a barbecue, La Petite Maison is a chalet situated in Praslin, 3.8 km from Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. It provides free private parking. There is a dining area and a kitchen as well as a private bathroom. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$75

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Chateau Sans Souci

Situated just 200 metres from the white sand Anse Kerlan Beach, Chateau Sans Souci features an outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers. There is also a restaurant and bar on site. The air-conditioned rooms come with a patio and tropical décor. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$142

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Tourterelle Holiday Home

Featuring air conditioning, Tourterelle Holiday Home is set in Grand Anse on Praslin Island, within 150 metres of the beach and 9 km from Baie Sainte Anne Jetty. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$59

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See all hotels in Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve.
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Omusee Self Catering

Omusee Self Catering

Omusee Self Catering is located in Baie Sainte Anne, 200 metres from Praslin Museum. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Every room comes with a private bathroom. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$104

$104-
Casadani Luxury Apartment

Casadani Luxury Apartment

Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Casadani Luxury Apartment is set in Grand Anse, 47 km from Mahe. La Digue is 15 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site. All units include a TV. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$107

$107-
Chez Lester

Chez Lester

Chez Lester is located on Cote D'or on Praslin Island. It features a garden and free parking. It is within walking distance to restaurants, shops and a diving centre. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$107

$107-
Villa Kass

Villa Kass

Located at Anse Possession and 2 km away from Anse Volbert Village, Villa Kass offers self-catering apartments with air conditioning and free WiFi. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$107

$107-
Lone Self-Catering Apartment

Lone Self-Catering Apartment

Set in Baie Sainte Anne, Lone Self-Catering Apartment is 1.7 km from Praslin Museum. Free private parking is available on site. There is a seating and/or dining area in some units. Some units also have a kitchenette, equipped with a microwave. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$107

$107-
Mango Lodge

Mango Lodge

Set on a hill, overlooking Cote D'or Beach and the Indian Ocean, Mango Lodge in Anse Volbert Village features a restaurant and a garden. Praslin Airport is 16 km away. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$107

$107-
Le Relax St. Joseph Guest House

Le Relax St. Joseph Guest House

Le Relax St. Joseph Guest House is set in the Grand Anse Beach district in Grand'Anse Praslin, 47 km from Mahe. Free private parking is available on site. Each room at this guest house is air conditioned and comes with a TV with cable channels. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$107

$107-
Yasad Residence

Yasad Residence

Offering a barbecue and views of the sea, Yasad Residence is located in Praslin in the Praslin Region, 2.4 km from Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$110

$110-
Roche Kerlan Apartments

Roche Kerlan Apartments

Offering a barbecue and terrace, Roche Kerlan Apartments is situated in Praslin in the Praslin Region, 7 km from Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. Free private parking is available on site and unlimited WiFi is available at a daily surcharge. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$112

$112-
Casa Verde

Casa Verde

Casa Verde is within a 5-minute drive from the Praslin Island Airport. This private holiday home offers self-catering accommodation and free private parking on site. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$112

$112-
Le Tropique Villa

Le Tropique Villa

Located in Praslin, directly on sandy Grand Anse Beach, Le Tropique Villa features self-catering accommodations with free private parking. Praslin Airport is a 12-minute walk away. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$117

$117-
Le Relax Beach Resort

Le Relax Beach Resort

Situated along Grand Anse Beach, Le Relax Beach Resort features a swimming pool, restaurant and bar. There is also a snack-bar and a boutique offering local craft work, jewelry and postcards. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$117

$117-
Exotic Guest House

Exotic Guest House

Featuring air conditioning, Exotic Guest House offers pet-friendly accommodation in Praslin. Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve is 1.5 km away. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. All units include a seating area. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$117

$117-
La Modestie Guest House

La Modestie Guest House

Surrounded by a lush garden, La Modestie Guest House is just a 5-minute walk from Grand Anse Beach. It offers rooms and self catering apartments. All rooms are air-conditioned and the apartments have a kitchenette and include a sofa and TV. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$117

$117-
Sunset Cove Villa

Sunset Cove Villa

Located on the northwest coast of Praslin Island, Sunset Cove Villa is situated on the beachfront and offers a lush garden and BBQ facilities. The Praslin Island Airport is 3 km away and nearby activities include hiking and golf. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$120

$120-
Mountain Lodge

Mountain Lodge

Located in Praslin, Mountain Lodge offers accommodation within 700 metres of Cote D'or beach. This holiday home is 7 km from Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. This 2-bedroom holiday home has air conditioning and cable TV. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$127

$127-
Bonnen Kare

Bonnen Kare

Located on the southern tip of Praslin Island, Bonnen Kare offers self-catering accommodation and is 3 km from Baie Ste Anne. The villa features a seating and dining area, kitchen and a patio with views of the Indian Ocean. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$128

$128-

Highlights:

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Natural
Snorkeling
Snorkling and diving are extremely popular and can be done almost anywhere in Seychelles. There are many great spots: off some of the small beaches at Glacis, past Mouse Island at Anse Royale, along the reef at Port Launay (near Ephelia Resort). Often spotted are a wide array of tropical fish, sea turtles, eagle rays and more.

Bringing your own gear is safest, but some hotels lend masks, snorkels and fins to guests.
Tropical Forests

Primeval Palm Forests

In the heart of the small island of Praslin, the reserve has the vestiges of a natural palm forest preserved in almost its original state. The famous coco de mer , from a palm-tree once believed to grow in the depths of the sea, is the largest seed in the plant kingdom. In addition, the other five species of endemic palm are also found in the Vallée de Mai, the only place in the Seychelles where they are all found together.
Wildlife and Plants
As a granitic island, the Seychelles is a 'microcontinent' that has had quite a different history from the other volcanic or coralline islands in the Indian Ocean. As a result, it has a large number of endemic species.

The most significant fauna is the endemic black parrot, which is totally dependent on the existence of the Vallée de Mai and the surrounding palm forest. Other birds include Seychelles kestril, the bulbul, blue pigeon, sunbird and cave-nesting swiftlet.

Reptiles include the endemic chameleon, Seychelles house snake, green and bronze geckos, skinks, Seychelles wolf snake and blind snake.

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