In this week’s blog our travel expert shares her thoughts on the Seychelles Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve
One of the most romantic destinations in the world, the Seychelles continues to attract honeymooners and holidaymakers year after year. The turquoise waters and crystal like sands are a major draw for sun worshippers. But don’t worry, it’s not all lazy beach days in the Seychelles. If you like a bit of culture in your holiday then the Seychelles Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be right up your street. Here our travel expert Sarah lists some top tips to help you ahead of your visit …
- To reach the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve you will need to take a flight from Mahé (where the international airport is located) to Praslin. The flight will take about 15 minutes. Alternatively you can take a boat transfer which takes 45 minutes.
- You will need to pay an entrance fee into the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. This costs about €21 per person.
- The park is most famous for the Coco de Mer (or double coconut) which is grown there. This is the national fruit and symbol of the Seychelles and something which you should definitely try while you are in this part of the world. However, don’t start trying to poach them from the trees as this can incur a prison sentence.
- Vallee de Mai is believed by some to be the original site of the Garden of Eden.
- This World Heritage Site is home to a host of wildlife, including the black parrot, which is restricted to Praslin. Bird fans will be suitably impressed upon catching a glimpse of one of these. Many different types of Gecko’s also inhabit the area.
- There are some steps in the nature reserve so make sure you wear some comfortable walking shoes.
- The Seychelles Vallee de Mai is sometimes referred to as a ‘living museum’. This is because it supports a community of plants that existed long before the birth and evolution of more advanced plant families.
- The Seychelles tree frog is another unique creature that calls the nature reserve its home. They’re easier to spot than you think!
- Although well shaded, the forest is very humid so having a decent water supply with you is advised.
- If you do plan on visiting the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve then make sure you download this handy app which contains lots of useful information to help you before and during your visit.
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