Vallée de Mai, Praslin
The so-called heart of Praslin is home to numerous palm trees, and is often seen as a real 'Garden of Eden' by those who discover its beauty. In 1966, the park was first designated a nature reserve thanks to its unique nature, with over 1,400 Coco de Mer palm trees. This plant produces the largest seed in the world, and it is for this reason that the park was later incorporated into the UNESCO World Heritage. (You can find an iOs app for the Vallée de Mai here: https://itunes.apple.com/sc/app/vallee-de-mai/id826373015?mt=8). Attention: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from now on you must book your visit to the Vallée de Mai in advance. To do so, please send an e-mail or WhatsApp at least one day before your planned visit to firstname.lastname@example.org / +248 2595400 with your full name, telephone number(s), number of people, preferred day and time. The visit is limited to a maximum of one hour.
Fond Ferdinand, Praslin
Even though the Vallée de Mai is undoubtedly the main attraction of Praslin, the alternative Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve is also well-worth a visit. Opened in 2013, this 122-hectare park is six times larger than the Vallée de Mai, and has even more endemic plant species and animals to discover, including a similar number of Coco de Mer palm trees. From the elevated lookout point, guests can enjoy a wonderful view of the rest of Praslin, as well as several other Inner Seychelles Islands, including Curieuse, Grande and Petite Soeur, La Digue, Coco Island, and many more. A guide is also included in your entrance fee, making a visit even more worthwhile.
Location: Anse Marie Lousie, Praslin (-4.354071, 55.758286)