If you are a regular reader if my blog you will know that we are huge fans of the Valllee de Mai. It is definitely one of the best things to do here with young kids. We go with the boys ALL the time! It’s undoubtedly our favourite place for a family walk!
The Vallee de Mai
It’s home to the world famous Coco De Mer (the one that looks like a life-size bum, no i’m not joking!!) , the worlds largest seed and many other endemic plants and animals including the Black Parrot.
Visiting the Vallee de Mai With Kids
From the impossibly tall trees, the musical whistle of the black parrot, lots of bugs and reptiles to look out for and of course the world famous coco de mer. There is so much to see for kids in the Vallee de Mai! Parents can relax knowing the paths are well maintained throughout, its a welcome relief from the sun, and there is nothing living in there thats dangerous!
The Vallee de mai is open every day from 8:30am – 4:30pm
How long is the walk
Thanks to Seychelles Island Foundation for allowing me to share this map
Tips for visiting the Vallee de Mai with kids
- Earlier is better, it’s a bit cooler and quieter in the mornings.
- Don’t take a pushchair. While the trails are very well maintained, they are not pushchair (or wheelchair) friendly.
- Get the kids to use the toilets at the entrance, there are no others once you are inside!
- The whole area is shaded by the trees so you don’t have to worry about sunburn!
- The guided tours are fantastic and very informative. They may not be suitable for young kids that could get bored listening to someone talk.
- Mosquitos are not as much of a problem there as you might think, but you may want to use some spray just in case – citronelle is a great natural mosquito repellent if you’re worried about using chemicals.
- There is no smoking in the Vallee de Mai (not that i’m suggesting your kids smoke, but you might!!)
- At the entrance there’s a nice cafe selling snacks and drinks, the prices are pretty reasonable.
I hope you have an amazing time visiting the Vallee de Mai with kids. Id love to hear your experiences, or if you think I’ve missed anything off?
If you have any questions feel free to contact me