Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve

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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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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
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Natural Interests tend to be:
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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 8 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$59

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See all hotels in Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve.
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Palm Beach Hotel

Palm Beach Hotel

Situated along Grand Anse Beach, Palm Beach Hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers, a restaurant, and a bar. The hotel is set in a colonial-style building overlooking the Indian Ocean. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$156

$156-
L'Hirondelle Self Catering Guest House

L'Hirondelle Self Catering Guest House

L'Hirondelle Self Catering Guest House is located in Baie Sainte Anne. WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a seating area. There is a full a kitchenette with a microwave and a refrigerator. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$158

$158-
Anse Kerlan Beach Chalet

Anse Kerlan Beach Chalet

Anse Kerlan Beach Chalet is located in Praslin. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all areas. Featuring a sea view or a garden view, each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a terrace. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$160

$160-
Colibri Hotel

Colibri Hotel

Surrounded by tropical gardens, Colibri offers spacious chalets with a balcony or terrace with views of Baie Ste Anne. It features a seafront restaurant and an outdoor pool. Colibri Hotel’s chalets are made out of wood and stone. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$160 - $166

$160-
Chalets Cote Mer

Chalets Cote Mer

With an outdoor pool and sun terrace overlooking Baie Sainte Anne, Cote Mer offers direct access to the ocean for snorkelling. The spacious accommodation is set within tropical gardens and includes a balcony. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$170 - $188

$170-
Le Chevalier Bay Guesthouse

Le Chevalier Bay Guesthouse

Surrounded by garden and lake, Le Chevalier Bay Guesthouse offers accommodation in Praslin. The guesthouse is situated along Anse lazio Beach, where guests can enjoy leisurely strolls. The property has a bar and a restaurant. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$171

$171-
Castello Beach Hotel

Castello Beach Hotel

Situated along the Anse Kerlan beach, Castello Beach Hotel features a swimming pool and spa & wellness centre. The hotel also has a restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$175

$175-
Cap Jean Marie Beach Villas

Cap Jean Marie Beach Villas

Located in Anse Kerlan in the Praslin Region, 48 km from Mahe, Cap Jean Marie Beach Villas boasts a sun terrace and views of the sea. La Digue is 17 km away. Free WiFi is offered . All units have a satellite flat-screen TV. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$181

$181-
Pirogue Lodge

Pirogue Lodge

Pirogue Lodge is located next to Cote D’Or Beach. It offers sea view rooms with free private parking. The property features car rental and shuttle services. The property is a 15-minute drive to Baie Ste Anne Jetty. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$202

$202-
Cote d'or Apartment

Cote d'or Apartment

Less than 5 minutes’ walk from Cote d’Or Beach in Praslin, Cote d'or Apartment offers self-catering accommodation with mountain and garden views. Free private parking is available. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$206

$206-
Village du Pecheur

Village du Pecheur

Pecheur is located directly on Cote D’or Beach on Praslin Island. This boutique hotel offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms with a balcony or patio overlooking the Indian Ocean. It features a Creole and international cuisine restaurant on the beach. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$212 - $410

$212-
Casa Tara Villas

Casa Tara Villas

Located in Praslin, a 5-minute walk from Anse Kerlan Beach and a 10-minute walk from Lemuria Golf Course, Casa Tara Villas feature self-catering accommodations with free private parking. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$213

$213-
Skyblue Guesthouse - Self Catering

Skyblue Guesthouse - Self Catering

Skyblue Guesthouse - Self Catering is located in Baie Sainte Anne. Free WiFi access is available in this holiday home. The accommodation will provide you with air conditioning and a terrace. There is a full kitchen with an oven and a refrigerator. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$213

$213-
Villas de Mer

Villas de Mer

Situated along the sandy Grand Anse Beach in Anse Volbert Village, Villas de Mer offers a swimming pool and a restaurant. The main building features traditional plantation-style architecture. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$221

$221-
Les Villas D'or

Les Villas D'or

Situated along Cote D'Or Beach, Les Villas D’or features an outdoor swimming pool and self-catering villas with Indian Ocean views. Each villa also has a terrace with BBQ facilities. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$226

$226-
Villa Sofia

Villa Sofia

Villa Sofia is a detached villa with a barbecue, situated in Praslin. The air-conditioned unit is 6 km from Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. Free private parking is available on site. The kitchen has an oven and a fridge. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$234

$234-
Cote d'Or Footprints

Cote d'Or Footprints

Located along the white sand Cote D'Or Beach, Cote d'Or Footprints is nestled on the north east coast of Praslin Island. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, lush garden which leads onto the beach. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$250

$250-

Highlighted Interests:

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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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