« Vallée de Mai » (May Valley)

4th July 2017

The 115 islands of the Seychelles archipelago have their whole lot of secrets awaiting to be discovered by curious travellers. Praslin, the second largest island, is not less of an exception to the rule. Surrounded by immaculate white sandy beaches and turquoise blue lagoons, perfect for sunbathing and snorkelling, and wild lush vegetation blooming with an excellently preserved fauna and flora. The perfect place to escape your wild city life. Book your flight to Praslin with Air Seychelles.

The pride of the Seychelles archipelago

It cannot be denied that Praslin is often prized and chosen for its paradisiacal beaches but a quick visit to “Vallée de Mai” will quickly change your mind. Praslin is after all not a 100% beach destination. This twenty-hectare natural park, a UNESCO world heritage site, is an almost untouched primary forest. What makes the particularity of “Vallée de Mai” are its Palm trees, which seem to come directly from a Jurassic Park Movie. It is an undeniable fact that this natural park is the pride of the Seychelles and makes of Praslin a prime destination for nature enthusiasts, botanists, biologist, archaeologist, and scientists of different backgrounds all around the world. 

The Garden of Eden

During his visit to the island of Praslin in 1881, Sir Charles George Gordon, a British General, was so astounded by the beauty of Praslin that he attributed the Garden of Eden to the Vallée de Mai. He theorized that the Coco de Mer tree was the tree of Knowledge and that the breadfruit tree was the tree of life.

Coco de Mer

What makes the particularity of Vallée de Mai is its well-preserved Palm forest amongst which the most notable species is the world-famous Coco de Mer (Sea Coconut). It has the largest seed in the world, with a record weigh of 42 kilograms. The palm tree can grow to a height of up to 34 metres (112 ft) with leaves up to 10 metres long and 4.5 metres wide! Five other species of endemic palms can also be admired alongside an astonishing 4000 other palm trees.


“Vallée de Mai” is a sanctuary for different animal species, both endemic and global. The palm tree forest is home to a number of species of birds including: the Seychelles black parrot, the Seychelles Kestrel, the Seychelles Sunbird, the Seychelles blue pigeon and the Mascarene Swiftlet.

Apart from the avifauna, there are multiple species of lizards such as skinks, geckos and chameleons.

Fly to Praslin and discover “Vallée de Mai” with Air Seychelles!