Vallée de Mai
Located in the heart of Praslin, this UNESCO World Heritage Site* is a natural palm forest preserved in its original state, and bears the largest and heaviest nut in the world – Coco de Mer - weighing up to 30kg and living close to 400 years. Amongst the rare and indigenous species in the Vallée de Mai are also five other species of palm trees and the black parrot, the world’s rarest bird, only to be found in the Seychelles.
A must-see for every traveller, and just a 25 minute drive from Raffles Seychelles, discover virgin and untamed nature in a setting which was once described as the mythological ‘Garden of Eden’.
*A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as of special cultural or physical significance.
Vallée de Mai was designated a World Heritage Site in 1983, and is one of two sites recognized by UNESCO in the Indian Ocean, the other being the Aldabra coral atoll.
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