Fond Ferdinand, Praslin Island

4.6
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Hike through an ancient palm forest and see the indigenous coco de mer tree at Fond Ferdinand, a large nature reserve with a diversity of animals and plants. Spanning some 150 hectares (370 acres), the park features a safe, stone-built trail extending for over 2 km (1.2 mi) through the largest number of sea coconut trees in the world. View six endemic palm trees and the rare Gastonia, Bwa sagay and Seychelles' aphloia plants. Bring binoculars for excellent bird-watching opportunities. Arrange your visit to Fond Ferdinand and discover more family-friendly attractions in Praslin Island using our Praslin Island journey planner.
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  • During our stay in Praslin, my fiancé and I repeatedly asked ourselves whether to visit the renowned Vallée de Mai, a Unesco Heritage Site or to visit the less famous Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve and eventually opted for the latter. First of all you can visit only accompanied by the guide that is included in the price (around 10/12 euros). Visits take place about every hour/hour and a half. The last visit is at 12.30/13. The tour includes an uphill route (easy even for those who are not used to walking) of about 1.30/2 hours and you can admire the coco de Mer palms and other endemic plant and animal species. At the end of the climb you can admire a breathtaking panorama. To get to Fond Ferdinand by public transport, take the bus number 61 or 62 to Anse Consolation: the stop for Fond Ferdinand is in front of the entrance of the Reserve. We thank Giulia's guide for the beautiful trail she made us do and for explaining with simplicity and sympathy how much she was surrounding us. To visit absolutely
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  • We visited the Fond Ferdinand after reading about it on the Internet and the park was very well rated. We already knew the Park Valle de Mai and so we took a taxi to the Fond Ferdinand. The park can only be visited as part of a guided tour, which is already included in the relatively low entrance fee. Our guide showed us at the beginning of the tour a worshipper, which turned out to be the highlight of the excursion in hindsight. The path led over steps to a height of about 150 m. For this ascent we needed about 1 1/2 hours, because our guide stopped every few meters and gave some anecdotes to the best. Mostly concerning his own person or taking some kind of photo stops, where each participant could then photograph himself with a Coco de Mer. The information about a few spices and the Coco de Mer would have been done in about 15 minutes and the hill with a very nice view would have been reached in 30 minutes. After the next photo session was held on the hill, individual participants of the tour started their way back on their own. We then joined it, because we did not expect such a boring tour. It is much more fun to walk through the park on your own for hours in the Valle de Mai.
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  • Nice and funny tourguide with a great walk in the forest. He knew the vegetation and the area pretty well. More than 600 hundred steps but the tour takes
  • Fascinating tour and well worth it. You have to do a tour at specified times (Mon-Fri 930am, 11am, 1230pm, 130pm; Sat & Sun 930am, 1130am)
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