Vallée de Mai and its associated Coco de Mer palms are a fundamental asset for tourism, and it is already well publicised in guidebooks and brochures, and through the Seychelles Tourism Board and tour operators. The granitic islands, and the ancient forests they support, are one of the primary factors that distinguish Seychelles from other island destinations such as Barbados or Bermuda. The Vallée De Mai plays very important marketing tool for Seychelles as it is often described as the Garden of Eden for its secluded and somewhat mystical valley in the heart of Praslin and home for the famous coco de mer and black parrot.
Moreover, the trend in tourism policy is towards ecotourism, which requires well conserved and well managed landscapes and sites. The Vallée is potentially one of the leading case studies of ecotourism in Seychelles as it receives some 40% of tourists visiting the country annually.
Comments in the visitor book at Vallée de Mai are generally positive, and reflect the outstanding quality of the site.
The site is open to visitors from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM everyday.
All non-seychellois visitors are required to pay an Entrance Fee.
For professional photographers and journalists a photographic/filming fee will be applied for still photography and cine/video photography.
Each visitor gets a free brochure that provides all the required information on the site.
Finding their way around the Vallée De Mai is made easier by the map which forms the centre pages of the brochure.
The site’s facilities include parking area, a snack and souvenir shop and toilets.
The SIF aims to further enhance visitor experience of the site, from the development of a new visitor facility that includes an education and information centre, improvement of access for disabled and elderly visitors, improvement of tour guide explanations, to improvement of the range of goods available for visitors to buy