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Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles and is the proud host of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of these two World Heritage sites is the Vallee De Mai Natural Reserve. The natural reserve has been the pride of Praslin for such a long time that it is the opinion of several people that you have not truly seen Seychelles till you have visited this majestic site. The Vallee De Mai Natural Reserve is the heart of Praslin and is home to the rare Coco De Mer trees which have the largest seeds in the world. The reserve is in the form of a huge palm forest with several rare flora and fauna some of which cannot be found anywhere but in this reserve.
These primaeval forests are so astoundingly beautiful that they were believed to be the site of Eden Gardens. The natural park is a bird lover's haven and the habitat to the endangered Black Parrot. Aside from the reserve itself, the islands highest mountain, Fond Azore, also towers over the reserve and is the very reason for many of the awestruck tourists to flock at Vallee De Mai Natural Reserve. The place also has several trails and guided tours that will be sure to make you feel re-connected with nature. The site also has a souvenir shop and cafes for some trinkets and refreshment. It is recommended to travel with a guide and read a bit about the place to truly understand and appreciate its beauty.
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