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Aldabra was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982 as a prime example of a raised coral atoll and is significantly less disturbed than most other atolls in the Indian Ocean and elsewhere in the world.
 
  Vallée de Mai
 
Vallée de Mai was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 as an outstanding example of low- and intermediate-altitude palm forest characteristic of the Seychelles.
 
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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 is a very important marketing tool for Seychelles as it is often described as the Garden of Eden for its secluded location and somewhat mystical ambience.  It lies in the heart of Praslin and is home to 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 de Mai 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. 


Download our e-brochure for the Vallée de Mai!
A new electronic brochure is now available for the Vallée de Mai. 

Free to download, this app will enhance your visit to this World Heritage Site.  With a forest guide, information on visitor facilities and how to get there, this brochure is the perfect accompaniment both before and during your visit. Download it now from this link - https://itunes.apple.com/sc/app/vallee-de-mai/id826373015?mt=8.

Opening Hours 
The site is open to visitors from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM everyday.


Entrance fees
All non-seychellois visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of 20 Euros. Children under 12 receive free entrance only if they provide proof of age.

Other charges

For professional photographers and journalists a photographic/filming fee will be applied for still photography and cine/video photography. Please ensure you contact SIF before your visit to discuss the terms of agreement.


Onsite facilities
The site’s facilities include a parking area, cafe, souvenir shop, education and information centre and toilets. There is also disabled access in the visitors centre and part of the forest.

Orientation
Each visitor will receive a free leaflet that provides all the required information on the site. Finding your way around the Vallée de Mai is made easier by the map included in your leaflet.


 
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  Free e-brochure for Vallee de Mai!
 
A new electronic brochure is now available for the Vallee de Mai. Free to download, this app will enhance your visit to this World Heritage Site. With a forest guide, information on visitor facilities and how to get there, this brochure is the perfect accompaniment both before and during your visit. Download it now!
 
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