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Vallée de Mai

Vallée de Mai: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Mahe: Praslin and La Digue Tour with Transfer and Lunch

1. From Mahe: Praslin and La Digue Tour with Transfer and Lunch

Depart Mahe Island, destination Praslin Island. Visit the Vallee De Mai, the heart of Praslin, home to the Coco De Mer Palm and the Black Parrot, also described as the Garden of Eden due to its mystical nature. You will be given a brief explanation of its history and have the chance to take a few souvenir photos before heading out to Anse Lazio. The most famous beach on Praslin and one of the “best in the archipelago” with its fine white sands and gorgeous turquoise water that is so clear you can watch the fish swim around you. Next, We Head To La Digue Island. Experience the laid-back atmosphere of island living. Travelling by bicycle or oxcart is the way to go, but if you prefer to walk, it is a good opportunity to truly get the most out of your visit. First, stop to enjoy a delicious lunch at one of our local restaurants, and after you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore the Island.

From Mahé: Praslin & La Digue Island-Hopping Tour with Lunch

2. From Mahé: Praslin & La Digue Island-Hopping Tour with Lunch

Discover two of the Seychelles' most breathtaking islands on this island-hopping catamaran cruise from Mahé. Visit Vallée de Mai on Praslin and L'Union Estate on La Digue with tickets and guided tours included. Enjoy a Creole lunch onboard and stroll along some of the Seychelles' most picturesque beaches. After getting picked up from your hotel anywhere on Mahé, hop on the catamaran that will take you to Praslin, the Seychelles' second-largest island. Your first stop is Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only place in the world where the sea coconut grows naturally. Enjoy a walk along the paths of this primeval forest, listening to the rare black parrot. See for yourself why the forest is said to be the original Garden of Eden. Pay a visit to the famous Anse Lazio Beach and enjoy a stroll through its postcard-perfect sands before the crossing to La Digue. Spot dolphins and other native sea life along the way. Tuck into a delicious Creole barbeque lunch served onboard. Upon landing on La Digue, hop in a traditional ox-cart for a transfer to L'Union Estate. Enjoy a guided tour of the estate with tickets included and spot giant tortoises as well as the refurbished colonial plantation house, the filming location of "Goodby Emmanuelle." Continue your tour of La Digue in an open-sided truck, stopping at Anse Source d'Argent Beach to see for yourself why this is one of the most photographed beaches on the planet. At the end of the day, hop back on board the catamaran and get transferred back to you hotel in Mahé.

Praslin: Vallée de Mai and Anse Lazio Beach Full-day Tour

3. Praslin: Vallée de Mai and Anse Lazio Beach Full-day Tour

After pickup from your hotel, head to the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. This extraordinary ancient forest commonly known as the "Garden of Eden", is a unique habitat where the coco de mer palm grows in its natural state. The reserve is also home to one of the world’s rarest birds, the Black Parrot. In the afternoon, explore Anse Lazio, considered one of the top 10 beaches in the world. There are a few restaurants at Anse Lazio where you can buy lunch. You will be dropped back to your hotel at 4:00 PM.

Praslin: Vallee de Mai Guided Hike with Transfer

4. Praslin: Vallee de Mai Guided Hike with Transfer

Leave the world behind and join us in exploring the mysterious realm of Vallée de Mai, the legendary valley where General Gordon of Khartoum became convinced was the original site of the biblical Garden of Eden. Stroll along the winding footpaths of a place so special it has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site, beneath the shade of an-cient, towering palms bearing the most extraordinary fruit of all: the famous Coco de Mer. A double lobed coconut, it holds the record as the world’s heaviest seed, mystifyingly designed by Mother Nature to perfectly imitate the sensual shape of a woman’s pelvis, adding to its Eden lore. Listen for the call of one of the world’s rarest birds, the Seychelles Black Parrot, as you wander further into the valley. Your guide will introduce you to its spectacular treasures, which includes one of the planet’s tiniest frogs, stick insects, chameleons and six species of endemic palms.

Seychelles: Mahé and Praslin Islands Private Full-Day Tour

5. Seychelles: Mahé and Praslin Islands Private Full-Day Tour

Customize your private Seychelles day tour by adding any of your favorite attractions on Mahé or Praslin. Explore both islands in the company of your personal driver and travel through meandering tree-lined roads. Trek along lush trails and discover charming streets. If you are staying on Mahe island, get picked up from your accommodation and head out on a fun cultural journey. Dive into the beautiful Cap Lazare Nature Reserve, known for its remote beaches and incredible viewpoints. If you are staying on Praslin island, stroll through the lush Vallee de Mai, where the legendary Coco de Mer grows. Stop to enjoy lunch at your own expense whenever you feel like it. Choose from the wide variety of traditional Creole restaurants that are seen all over both islands.

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What people are saying about Vallée de Mai

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 79 reviews

great itinerary especially if good weather the beach on Praslin was amazing for pics the buffet lunch was good and all the staff was great now my issue was car used for pick up and return had issues so we had to stop for it to cool down , boat used had to be kinked 5x lol but we arrived safely at all stops

It was an intense day to discover nature and paradisiacal beaches, it is really worth doing it !!!! Super friendly and prepared team, the guide post also spoke Italian! Pleasant lunch on board! The only small flaw is little time on the beach, only an hour there and an hour on Praslin! For the rest Top!

Such a fun day filled with activities! Boat ride is bumpy but out of their control! They spoke in English and French & Omg the lunch was so good!

Me and my partner loved the tour and meeting other people. We didn’t want to leave la digue!

Great experience, Clifford was such a ball of positive energy, and the scenary was magical