VALLEE DE MAI

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" It's a single tree. This is the prince of palm trees. I believe that this is the tree of the science of Good and Evil, "said the British General Charles Gordon in 1881, who will have a tragic end in Khartoum. Christian ardent, half-poet and half-philosopher, the one we also called Gordon Pasha was so captivated by the Valley of May that he thought he had located the mythical garden of Eden, the original paradise. In a test he devoted to him, he specified that sea coconut was the tree of Knowledge and artocarpe (bread tree), the tree of life. Original paradise? At least tropical paradise… In any case, this famous cocofesse is one of the most astonishing curiosities of the plant world. He has even aroused many covetous and legends. What would become of this Valley of May without this bilobed nuts of global reputation? In any case, since 1983, the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites has been classified as a consecration for this green cathedral, which until 1930 had had the rare privilege of being unaffected by man. His new owner then decided to transform this almost primitive forest into botanical gardens, introducing ornamental trees and imported plants.

Fortunately, twenty years later, the precious valley would again change its hand, with the state being appropriate as part of the island's main water catchment basin. As a Natural Reserve in 1966, it became a priority. To restore its original appearance, it was necessary to eradicate the exotic plants, already invasive, revégétaliser the peaks of the summits victims of the fire (the Pope's chalices rows, low-fuel wood, used as a firewall) and maintain the sea cocos forest. It was a long-term goal, all the more justified since a fire in 1990 destroyed 40 hectares of the palm grove of the Ferdinand Fond, at the southern tip of the island, thereby destroying the last relic forest of Praslin.

Three decades were not enough for the Valley of May to regain its pre-virginity before 1930, but the recovery is well on track, especially since the Seychelles Islands Foundation, established in 1979 to manage and protect the Faune fauna and flora (other World Heritage site), has ensured careful management of this preserved valley, nevertheless threatened by l 1989. Philodendron'appetite, this parasitic virilio plant (which sucks the sap's sap), resisted attempts at eradication. Some fifty thousand tourists each year enjoy this canopy of foliage and this tangle of roots, procedurally, mosses, dead leaves and rocks. We hear only the whisper of the streams (the seven-source valley) and the whistles of black parrots, returning to nest there after several lieues at the round. Above all, we must not miss the circular trail ravine, which includes five of the six endemic palm trees in Seychelles and three of the four species of vacoas peculiar to the granitic islands. We can imagine how the tropical world was to be the tropical world, millions of years ago, when palm trees predominated and that trees, birds and mammals did not exist. We are here in a forest of ferns and oranges at the Jurassic Park. Some seven thousand coconut trees (56% of them males) were recorded in this valley, 80% being still too young to produce, the trunk appearing only in their fifteenth year. Becoming adults at age, the tree can live more than four hundred years; the oldest, about meters is currently about three hundred years old. This Casanova of the Valley of May is still valiant to judge by its phallic appendage. How many mer has he been the father? From the fertilization of the female tree to the fall of the large bilobed nut (from 14 kg to 23 kg when it is full), in any case, it takes seven years, whereas a normal coconut falls to six months. It is estimated that three thousand of these extraordinary nuts annually picked (only the most callipyges), both in the valley and in Ferdinand's Fond, some owners also produce with their private coconut trees. Which happy producers are forced to transfer their cocos to the Ministry of the Environment, who buy them at low prices and sell them more expensive, the producer can only recover only half of their production. Prior to their sale, the precious nuts will of course have been emptied of their flesh before being glued and possibly polite. The two hemispheres of this sacred coco will then take place on the shelves of the souvenir shops, empowered to market only two of these nationalized wonders, duly numbered, their price varying according to their perfection. While palm trees reign in this exceptional sylve (this sanctuary of eight species - of which six endemic - representing the largest concentration in the world of diverse palms in a pristine medium), other trees also thrive in a virtually mystical atmosphere.

Lovers of botany will be happy. They can observe the mango, the jacquier, the Capuchin, the Pope's calyx, the traveller's tree, the bread tree, albizzia, filao, hard wood, red wood and cocoa. But the main thing is not to see, smell, listen and let yourself be wrapped up by the protective vegetation of this fascinating ex-island of Palmes. There is a bit of traffic from these trails that it is better to discover early in the morning, before the groups of hikers disturb serenity and some honeymoon couples affix their names on the tree trunk, these graffiti by weakening some. A coffee snack and a shop are located in the chalet where tickets are issued, but there are no mosquito cream. However, we need it. Hell is never far from heaven…

Circuits. Three arrow circuits cross the remarkably well maintained trails of this forest so perfect that it is thought to be reconstituted for a new Indiana Jones, whose classified part covers 19,5 ha. From the shortest (about 1 km) to the longest (about 2 km), each of these routes is found to be enchanting anyway. At the entrance you will be advised that the itineraries are 1 hour, 1 hour and 2 hour, respectively. In fact, these hikes are taking place much faster and have no major difficulties.

Guides. At the entrance to the May Valley, you will be offered the services of a guide. Is it a good idea to offer its services?

Yes, if you are solo. This will allow you to enjoy the tranquillity of the place while having all the information about this little piece of earthly paradise.

No, if this means you will find yourself with a group of 15 to 20 people (which is often the case). You will certainly have information, but on the one hand, it is not certain that you hear everything, since you will not be alone and, above all, you will not enjoy the main charm of the place, namely its calm and wild character.

A good part of the pleasure in the Valley of May lies in the fact that they are alone in the middle of nature, with the only noise of the leaves bruissant by the wind. Walking with a group literally ruins the experience. So if you don't have the means to offer a guide for yourself and your spouse, visit the park yourself. There are many explanatory signs, you will not be lost!

Average price of a guide: from 100 to 120 SR per person (to be negotiated for visits to 2 or 3 people).

Since 2016, two free tours are available every day (departure at 9 am and 14 pm).

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Opening time and information on VALLEE DE MAI

Open every day from 8.30am to 5pm (last entrance at 4.30pm). About 350 SR the entrance. Free for under 12-year-olds (justifying asked). Possibility of calling on a private guide for the rest of the day.

Message from the owner of VALLEE DE MAI

The Vallée de Mai was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.


This one is a must if you're going to the Seychelles.


Often described as the Garden of Eden for its secluded location and somewhat mystical atmosphere, this one, located in the heart of the Praslin, is home to the famous Sea Coconut and the Black Parrot.


The current trend in tourism policy in Seychelles is towards ecotourism, which requires well-preserved and well-maintained landscapes and sites.


It is important to know that 40% of the tourists who visit the country every year go to this magnificent natural place

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Rates and opening hours


The site is open to visitors from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day of the week.


Visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of 20 €.


Each visitor receives a free leaflet that provides all the necessary information about the site.


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Members' reviews on VALLEE DE MAI

General note: 4.5/5
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26 reviews of Internet users
4/5
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Visited in march 2019
Enrichissant
Belle ballade dans une ambiance tropicale, des plantes incroyables et le fameux coco fesse
Notice filed on 02/10/2020 
4/5
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Visited in august 2019
Des escaliers et beaucoup de touristes...nous aurions aimé que notre escapade soit davantage sauvage. La Vallée de Mai reste néanmoins un site magnifique à visiter. Petite boutique et café pour se poser.N'hésitez pas à prendre le bus pour y aller: les horaires sont respectés, le prix dérisoire alors que conduire à gauche sur l'île escarpée demande de la dextérité!
Notice filed on 11/04/2019 
5/5
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Visited in september 2019
Inoubliable expérience
Magnifique promenade dans la vallée de mai où on peut voir les coco de mer.
Notice filed on 11/01/2019 
4/5
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Visited in october 2018
Sympa mais repetitif
Le lieu est super jolie mais identique partout, l'oiseau noir de l'ile est apparemment très peu visible et rare. Nous n'avions pas cette chance mais il est visible uniquement sur cette ile car c'est une espèce endémique
Notice filed on 07/05/2019 
5/5
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Visited in january 2019
la visite obligatoire
le site est très bien entretenue, les guides très aimables, comme tous les seychellois bien entendu. On ne peut pas visiter les Seychelles sans cette visite. Les coco-fesses ont fière allure
Notice filed on 05/31/2019 
4/5
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Visited in may 2018
Endroit unique, très vert et très agréable, dépaysement total. A faire absolument.
Notice filed on 10/05/2018 
5/5
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Visited in september 2018
Visite incontournable de Praslin ! Le parc qui est classé par l'Unesco permet de découvrir les célèbres Coco de Mer.
Ballade sans difficultés majeures.
Privilégiez de faire la visite avec un guide car cela permet d'apprendre de nombreuses choses sur la faune et la flore
Parking en face pour stationner facilement
Notice filed on 10/04/2018 
3/5
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Visited in april 2017
Un incontournable sur Praslin, la balade (pas de grosse difficulté) sous les palmiers est agréable. Le seul reproche qu'on pourrait faire au site c'est qu'il manque de point de vue sur la superbe côte (il n'y en a qu'un seul).
Notice filed on 03/12/2018 
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Visited in june 2017
Super balade où la nature est préservée. La visite guidée est enrichissante, on y apprend beaucoup de choses. Lieu idéal pour voir les fameux cocos fesses.
Notice filed on 02/06/2018 
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Visited in october 2017
Vallée de Mai a faire absolument si vous allez sur Praslin. Durée quelques heures pour le parcours le plus grand. Des guides en français sont disponible pour 10€ par personnes à l'entrée.
Notice filed on 11/29/2017 
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Visited in october 2017
Superbe lieu préservé.
Nous avons eu une bonne guide qui malgré la forte pluie ne s'est pas démontée.
La visite est très intéressante.
Notice filed on 11/07/2017 
4/5
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Visited in august 2017
La vallée de Mai est un endroit unique sur Praslin. Le parc est facilement accessible et dés qu'on y pénètre on arrive dans un autre monde. La végétation y est très dense et variée, et vous pourrez observer de très prêt les fameux palmiers à l'origine des coco fesses. Nous avons fait la visite en 2H (le grand tour qui ne représente pas de difficultés majeures) sans guide et nous avons néanmoins pu observer la majorité des spécificités du parc notamment les perroquets noirs. L'endroit est très paisible
Le prix du parc reste cher selon moi (350 Roupies)
Notice filed on 09/07/2017 
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Visited in july 2017
L'entrée est un peu chère mais si on est à Praslin il faut y faire un tour. On se sent seul au monde dans cette énorme forêt de palmiers. On y voit par contre peu d'animaux.
Notice filed on 07/28/2017 
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Visited in january 2017
Un endroit unique aux Seychelles, vierge! Une visite très ludique, très intéressante, où on en ressort enrichit! Par contre, pensez à l'anti-moustique!!!
Notice filed on 06/23/2017 
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Visited in april 2017
Bien aménagé mais un peu cher, dommage que l'on ait du mal à trouver des coco fesses dans la nature. En fait la foret est par endroit abimée mais cela reste cependant une agréable balade à faire à Praslin.
Notice filed on 05/01/2017 

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