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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.

Shared Praslin & La Digue Trip

4. Shared Praslin & La Digue Trip

Our chauffeur will pick up from your accommodation on Mahe at around 0600am – 0630am depending on your location. Please be advised our free shuttle operates only in the North West of Mahe Island. This includes: Belombre, Beau Vallon, Glacis areas. Hotels on Eden Island and L'Escale Resort only. If you are located in other areas you will be required to pay an additional private two way transportation fee. Depart the marine charter in Victoria and sail to Praslin at 0730am. Arrive at the Praslin Jetty at 0845am. A shared shuttle bus will welcome everyone and transfer you to the Valle de Mai. Have a short outside visit of the Vallee De Mai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its museum. The Valee de Mai is home to the endemic Coco De Mer. A private guide will give a brief description of the nature park outside the property. Drive towards Anse Lazio Beach, known for its soft white sand and crystal-clear water. Spend a little time at leisure and enjoy the beauty! Drive back to Praslin jetty. Catch your same boat at 12.15pm and sail to La Digue. At 12.30pm disembark at La Passe La Digue where you will be offered 2 choices of getting around. A bicycle or pick up truck with rear seats. On La Digue you will enjoy our local creole cuisine (at Chez Marston) comprising of fresh grilled fish, salads, small BBQ and much more. Your time will be at leisure on one of the most beautiful beaches (Anse Source D’Argent – L’Union Estate) in the world or take a tour around La Digue. At 1600pm set off back to Mahe where you will be met by your chauffeur to transfer you back to your accommodation.

Tour Guide Praslin Valle De Mai, Museum & Anse Lazio Trip

5. Tour Guide Praslin Valle De Mai, Museum & Anse Lazio Trip

Begin your tour at 10 am and finish at 4 pm. The tour will start at Valle De Mai from Valle de Maie to Cote D'or Musee de Praslin and finish at Anse Lazio Beach. The tour capacity is up to 8 pax. The tour guide will pick up the guest from their hotel at 10:00 am and head out to the "garden of Eden" which is the Valle de Mai. Valle de Mai is well known for its natural reserve, from there the guest will have the chance to see the world's rarest bird, the Black Parrot. Valle de Mai is a Unesco World Heritage site, this nature reserve is a unique habitat where the guest will see the largest nuts in the world that is the Coco De Mer palm. The guest will enjoy and explore the nature reserve for 2 hours and 30 minutes at 12:30 pm the guest will head out to Anse Lazio beach. On the way to Anse Lazio beach, the tour guide will stop by Côté D'or beach one of the famous areas for visitors and from there the guest can have the chance to visit the one and only Museum on Praslin Island known as Musee De Praslin. From the Museum the tour guide will bring the guest to Anse Lazio which is one of the top 10 beaches well known in the world. At Anse Lazio, there are 2 restaurants where guests can buy lunch. Guests can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and the white beach with clear water for a period of 4 hours and drop back to the hotel at 4 pm.

Seychelles: Praslin Island and La Digue Island Day Tour

6. Seychelles: Praslin Island and La Digue Island Day Tour

Experience 2 of the most beautiful islands of Seychelles in one day! First to conquer is the island of Praslin, where upon arrival, you will be transported to the enigmatic Vallée de Mai. This prehistoric forest is home to the extraordinary Coco de Mer, the double lobed coconut, with a rather mysterious shape. Vallée de Mai has once been declared the site of the biblical Garden of Eden where the Coco de Mer was said to be the forbidden fruit. Our tour guide will lead you to discover this magical island of rare, endemic flora and fauna. After Vallée de Mai, we head to Cote D’or Beach where you will have access to souvenir shops, followed by relaxation on the beach, swimming and sun bathing. Leaving Cote D’or Beach, embark on a scenic drive towards Praslin Jetty for boarding of the boat to La Digue. With its small number of inhabitants, La Digue remains the most untouched amongst the three frequently visited islands. Upon arri-val on La Digue, you will receive a Camionette transfer to a restaurant for lunch. After lunch, your visit of L’Union Estate starts, slowly unveiling the surprises of deep-rooted farm life by the discoveries of the copra mill, the giant tortoises’ pen and the time-honoured, plantation house. As you go further, you will be welcomed by giant boulders of granite nestled on the pristine and world famous beach of Anse Source D’ Argent which is said to be the most photographed beach. Opportunity awaits for a revitalizing dip in its rippling azure waters.

Vallee De Mai & Anse Lazio Beach Guided Bus Tour

7. Vallee De Mai & Anse Lazio Beach Guided Bus Tour

Enjoy the very best of both worlds: those of the ocean and one of Seychelles’ UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the myste-rious, primeval valley known as Vallée de Mai. We will introduce you to the experience of a lifetime on a guided tour of this world famous site where the legendary Coco de Mer, a double‐lobed coconut in the form of a woman’s pelvis, grows in twilight beneath a towering canopy of palms. Fantastic legends and tales about this extraordinary site as our guide will explain how it is believed to be the original biblical Garden of Eden. Next on the itinerary is to experience a tasty Creole lunch served at local restaurant, followed by a relaxing, scenic coastal drive to Anse Lazio, reputedly the world’s most beautiful beach. Swimming and snorkelling in the crystal waters, relaxing on this divine beach is a once in a lifetime experience. We will provide you with ample time to engrave it in your memory before we take you home at day’s end.

Praslin: Vallee de Mai Guided Hike with Transfer

8. 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.

Tour of Cousin, Curieuse and St Pierre island on Catamaran

9. Tour of Cousin, Curieuse and St Pierre island on Catamaran

Experience this unique combination of Seychelles’ most famous island highlights, starting with a one hour guided tour of Cousin: a picturesque reserve for a wide range of fauna, including doves and giant tortoises, and a conservation success story that has rescued important endemic wildlife from extinction. After relishing in the rich diversity of this pristine sanctuary, you will then visit Curieuse Island off Praslin’s northern coast, the only place apart from the Vallée de Mai where the legendary Coco de Mer grows wild. Here, you will enjoy exceptional swimming in limpid waters and relaxation on white sands, before being served a tasty BBQ lunch on board our Catamaran. After lunch, you can enjoy a one hour walk through this fascinating nature reserve, taking in the ruins of its ancient leper colony and the newly refurbished ‘Doctor’s House’, now a charming museum. The island trail meanders through a mangrove forest teeming with wildlife towards the impressive lagoon of Baie Laraie, where small sharks and turtles abound and where you will also find the pen for rearing giant land tortoises in an exciting conservation project. Leaving Curieuse behind, we will eventually make our way to the third in our trio of island jewels, St.Pierre, for the snorkelling experience of a lifetime amid crystalline waters, which abound with a myriad of fish and colourful coral formations. On the return journey you will be left the arduous task of deciding which of our three islands is the most magnificent!

Private Praslin & La Digue Day Trip

10. Private Praslin & La Digue Day Trip

Pick up from your accommodation on Mahe at 0800am. Catch our boat at Eden Island. Cruise on one of our high-powered boats (1 hour) to Praslin. Upon arrival on Praslin you will be met by our chauffeur who will transfer you or your guest(s) to Vallee de Mai nature reserve. Vallee de Mai is home to the endemic Coco De Mer trees. There you will experience the palm- fringed island of Praslin. Your chauffeur will transfer you to Cote D’or where you will have the chance to purchase some souvenirs or take some panoramic pictures of Cote D’or beach. Drive to Anse Lazio beach where you can do some snorkeling or just lay back and catch a tan. Your memorable visit to Praslin will end and the chauffeur will drop you back to your boat for your next adventure. Cruise to La Digue (15 minutes). Upon arrival on La Digue you will be given the choice of bicycles, electric bicycles or club car with chauffeur. Enjoy a delicious creole lunch at one of the many restaurants. Explore La Digue on your own or with the chauffeur if you chose the club car until 1600pm. Cruise back to Mahe. At around 1700pm you will be met by our chauffeur to transfer you back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Vallée de Mai

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(87 reviews)

It was amazing! It was my second time on those islands but the first time in Seychelles with Get Your Guide. All was planned perfectly, and we really liked our guide who was Staniella. She was very attentionate, caring and she's so passionate by her job, so you listen to each information she provides, and on top she does it with a big smile :) I highly recommend it!

The while trip was simply an awesome experience. Everything well planned, very interesting guide, nice places visited, great transportation. I would recommend to everyone who would like to feel the atmosphere of Praslin and la Digue 👌

Coco De Mai is a UNESCO site, for good reason, and our guide Jose explained everything. It was awesome. Next, picturesque Anse Lazio beach, one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Amazing day!

The best guide tour in Praslin.! Very competent and professional. We loved the experience.! X.

Very good trip with good organization. Highly recommended.