Vallee De Mai, Praslin, Seychelles

Attraction

Explore Seychelles' Nature

Abundant jungles and colourful coral reefs aplenty

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As well as being home to some of the world's best beaches, the Seychelles is also famed for its wonderful wildlife and beautiful nature that's waiting to be explored. With abundant jungles and colourful coral reefs aplenty, the Seychelles is a nature lovers playground.

Situated on the granitic island of Praslin, the Vallée de Mai is home to the preserved palm forest made up of the endemic coco de mer. This unique seed weighs up to 30 kilos and is the largest seed of any plant in the world. The reserve is also home to the rare Seychelles black parrot, mammals, reptiles and crustaceans. Legend has it that the island of Praslin was the original Garden of Eden and the coco de mer was the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.

Meanwhile, Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden can be found on the island of Mahe, designed in the original French tradition of the 18th century. The garden sprawls across hills and through valleys and boasts rows of vanilla vines, citronelle, nutmeg and cinnamon, as well as plants used medicinally. A small museum exhibits artefacts and information about agricultural history and a spice shop sells handmade candles, medicinal plants and spices.

Under the sea, there lies a wonderful world of fish, turtles, rays and more, making it the perfect spot for beginner or novice snorkellers and divers alike.