Nestled among the islands of the Seychelles is the picturesque island of Praslin, a timeless paradise that showcases some of the most gorgeous scenery the Indian Ocean has to offer. Framed by lush forests, pink sandy beaches and calm turquoise waters, Praslin is home to some of nature’s most beautiful creations. One of the most exciting attractions on Praslin is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vallee de Mai, which is known for its unique low-lying jungle and unique endemic plants, making it an ideal destination for nature-lovers and adventurers.


Vallee de Mai is a scenic and secluded area located on the east coast of Praslin, which can be easily accessed from Cote-D’Or, the town’s major hub. Vallee de Mai is thought to be one of the oldest forest fragments in the world, and is estimated to have existed for at least sixty million years. Most of the plants and trees in the forests are endemic or rare and are very difficult to find elsewhere in the world. The site is considered to be one of the few remaining areas of mature tropical rainforest on the planet, making it an invaluable destination to explore and learn about the environment.


The incredible biodiversity of the forest is one of the main reasons why Vallee de Mai is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sheer abundance of unique flora and fauna found in the forest makes it a paradise of natural wonders, and visitors who explore the lush forest floor can expect to encounter a variety of birds and rare species of vegetation, such as the giant Coco de Mer palm tree – which is the world’s largest seed – and the endangered Seychelles Black Parrot. Wildlife watchers and bird-lovers will be delighted with the wonderful opportunity to see glimpses of the majestic wildlife in its native environment, making the tour of Vallee de Mai unforgettable.


Here is a small list of the of unique flora and fauna you might encounter:

Coco de Mer – This large, round-shaped nut is the world’s largest, found exclusively in Vallee de Mai.


The Seychelles Magpie Robin – An incredibly rare species of black-and-white songbird, the Seychelles Magpie Robin is one of the rarest birds in the world.


The Seychelles Scops Owl – An endangered species of owl, the Seychelles Scops Owl.


The Seychelles Sheathtail Bat – This small species of bat is one of the rarest mammals in the world, found only in Vallee de Mai.


The Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher – Found only on Praslin Island, this black colored bird has a white ring around it’s eyes and is a must-see for birdwatchers.


The Seychelles Warbler – This tiny warbler is found on Praslin Island, playing an important role in maintaining the balance of the island’s ecosystems.


The Seychelles Palm – An incredibly rare species of palm, the Seychelles Palm is found only in Vallee de Mai.


The Seychelles Black Parrot – This species of parrot is found only in a few areas in Seychelles, with the largest population being found in Vallee de Mai.


Aside from its fascinating wildlife and plants, Vallee de Mai is renowned for its remarkable beauty, with ancient granite boulders scattered around the greenery of the lush forest, making it a mysterious and enchanting area. In addition, there are a few trails available, which allows visitors to trek through the dense and untouched jungle. Many of the trails also lead to viewpoints, where visitors can admire the breathtaking beauty of Vallee de Mai while they are surrounded by nature.


For travellers searching for a truly unforgettable experience, experience the exotic charm of Vallee de Mai by staying in a luxurious villa located within the area. Visitors can choose from a range of villas and bungalows, each with its own private infinity pool and deck area that overlooks the stunning views of the lush vegetation and crystal clear ocean. The villas are equipped with the finest amenities and the friendly on-site staff ensure that guests have the most relaxing and enjoyable stay.


The Seychelles’ Vallee de Mai is often referred to as a ‘Garden of Eden’ and rightfully so. This astonishing site offers visitors an unspoiled paradise to explore, with its unique and stunning wildlife, the stunning views of its lush vegetation, and its captivating atmosphere. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallee de Mai is a must-visit for anyone wanting an authentic and luxurious nature experience on Praslin Island in the Seychelles.