Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, Praslin Island

3.7
A World Heritage Site and island nature park, Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve offers a set a pleasant hikes through its virgin forest. Thickly blanketed with protected palm forests, the valley is one of only two locations in the world where the double nut coco de mer grows in the wild. Take your pick from three hiking trails, treading pristine paths surrounded by untouched forest--a rare example of such undisturbed nature and a prime spot for bird-watching. Hikes vary between 1 and 2 km (0.6 and 1.2 mi), with guided tours available throughout the morning. Keep your eye out for the endangered black parrot that calls the lush green canopies home. Add Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve to your Praslin Island travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Praslin Island tour itinerary planner .
Create an itinerary including Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
2,639 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We were lucky enough to have Juliette as a guide when visiting Vallee de Mai. She is by far the best tour guide I ever had the pleasure to meet. We were also lucky that we could see and hear 2 black p...  more »
  • Beautiful forest visit during a morning. We made it without a guide. There is a short path (loop)-about 1 km, one of medium length (loop of 1.5 km) with plant stairs and the large Tower of nearly 3km. You have to take your time and your rhythm, because it can be stressful. Have seen coconut-buttocks on the height of palms and beautiful spiders. Otherwise full of endemic palms. To discover, really!
    View original
  • Build a plan

    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it

    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package

    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!

    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance

Popular things to do in Praslin Island

View all >
4.6
Duration: 6​h
4.7
Duration: 3​h
4.7
Duration: 3​h
4.0
Duration: 3​h

Hidden gems in Praslin Island

4.3
Duration: 3​h 30​min
4.6
Duration: 3​h 30​min
4.1
Duration: 3​h
4.7
Duration: 3​h

Kid-friendly things to do in Praslin Island

4.6
Duration: 3​h
4.0
Duration: 2​h 30​min
3.1
Duration: 3​h
3.9
Duration: 3​h

Beaches in Praslin Island

3.9
Duration: 30​min
3.6
Duration: 30​min
3.4
Duration: 1​h 30​min
3.2
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Praslin Island

5.0
Duration: 4​h
4.9
Duration: 3​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 4​h
4.7
Duration: 3​h 30​min

Outdoors in Praslin Island

4.5
Duration: 3​h 30​min
3.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.0
Duration: 3​h 30​min